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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Civil Vultures

Kinda gets ya right HERE, doesn't it?:

Behind closed doors, California Democratic Representative Loretta [Brixie] has proposed removing Arizona Representative Gabrielle Giffords from the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) until she recovers from injuries sustained after being shot in the head on January 8 in Tucson, the Daily Caller has learned.

The proposal sparked an outrage, according to those in the room — including from those in Sanchez’s own party.

“It’s not appropriate,” Texas Democratic Representative Silvestre Reyes told the Daily Caller, adding that there was outrage among some members in the room when Sanchez made the suggestion. “It’s bad for morale during her recovery period.”

Nice to know you have the unqualified support of your partisan fellows, ain't it, Gabby? And once you returned to Capitol Hill to resume your legislative duties, I'm sure your "temporary" replacement on Armed Services would swiftly make way for you at Loretta's profuse behest. Yep, I'm downright positive.

And the point of this ghoulish gesture was....what, exactly? Dems are far in the minority, which means one vote on any committee won't make any difference. Which means, in turn, that dicking Giffords out of her HASC slot would serve no partisan purpose even in a ruthless "ends justify the means" sense. It's nothing but cruel, naked opportunism. Or, of course, something worthy of a.....Republican, at least in the demented craniums of hard-left jackals like Loretta Brixie.

Oh, wait, Giffords is a "moderate," right? Perhaps that explains it. Congresscreature Brixie's mea culpa sure as shinola didn't:

“Gabby has always been one of the most active members on the Armed Services Committee, and Representative [Brixie] wants to make sure HASC Democrats preserve her voice until the congresswoman has returned,” [Brixie]’s Press Secretary Caroline Hogan told the DC. “Representative [Brixie] simply inquired whether a proxy could represent the Congresswoman on the Committee at Representative Giffords’ request. That way, Gabby’s legislative priorities and seniority would be preserved until her return. Any other interpretation of her question is ludicrous.”

Sure. Ludicrous. As is the assertion that the twenty-six other Dems on House Armed Services will be rendered helpless by Gabrielle Giffords' absence, rather than the fact that they're outnumbered by eight seats.

But, hey, Loretta was SOOOO civil about it, right?

Cross-Posted @ Hard Starboard

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