Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Democrats guilty until proven innocent

Thanks to the Daily Show for unearthing this interview of Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-Idiotland) on the Foley scandal:

BLITZER: So what you're suggesting -- and correct me if I'm wrong, because you've been doing this for the last few days -- that Democrats are behind the timing of the release of this information? Is that your accusation?

MCHENRY: Well, look, all the fact points lead to one question: Did Rahm Emanuel or Nancy Pelosi have any involvement on the strategic or tactical level? This morning on "This Week with George Stephanopoulos," the question was asked of Rahm Emanuel. His reaction was he did not see the instant messages or e-mails. He repeatedly said, he did not see. I've asked him to testify under oath to assure the American people that he was not involved in this issue in any way, shape or form.

BLITZER: Do you have any evidence at all that Democrats or others might have been behind the timing of this scandal?

MCHENRY: Look, let's be honest...

BLITZER: Do you have any evidence to back that charge up?

MCHENRY: No, no, actually, if the Democrats had any issue with saying this, putting all the facts out on the table, they would say, certainly, I'll testify under oath that I had no involvement in it. They've said no.

BLITZER: Well, you don't have any evidence, though, right?

MCHENRY: Well, look at the fact points.

BLITZER: Yes or no, do you have any evidence, Congressman?

MCHENRY: Do you have any evidence that they weren't involved?

You know, I am so proud of the members of our fine legislative bodies in these United States. Their grasp of the basic legal principles that govern our nation is really awe-inspiring.


Phil said...

When I saw that last night, I darted from my bed to the computer so I could beat you to a post about it. I rethought this and realized you would have something better to say, that it's not a race.

I feal like I'm trapped in the audience of a theatre of cruelty and absurdism review.

Thanks for the link. I'm always impressed with your posts.

vikkitikkitavi said...

Phil: Well, now I feel guilty for not adding more original material. But the Daily Show had already riffed on the other outrageous feature of this story - the notion that the press was required to prove the innocence of anyone the Republicans named, so...

And thank you for the link. I admire your blog as well.

MonstrousJoe said...

Wow, mutual blog admiration... That's kinda hot.

RandyLuvsPaiste said...

This reminds of the Connecticut Democratic primary, where Joe Lieberman accused the LaMont people of crashing their website on election day.

No evidence (of course, because we now know that's not what happened), but Joe thought there just couldn't be another explanation.

...and I'm still waiting for the apology from the Lieberman camp.