Patrick McHenry: Vexed by Lies and Videotape

Patrick McHenry has positioned himself as the House Minority Hypocrite with his performance earlier this month when he called House Democrats, "cheats". Not only did he have to eat his words, he may find himself having to explain how what happened that evening is cheating, especially in light of the numerous votes held open by the Republicans during their Reign of Error.

First, I should address McHenry's rabid frothiness at the idea that the Democrats cheated as they closed the vote on time with a close win in their pockets. Second, I just have to address the gushy goodness of the CharO's Lisa Zagaroli in the mulitple pieces she posted on McHenry in today's Observer. She obviously is enamored by the little munchkin and it leaves her reporting of events lacking a certain honesty that we expect from our corporate reporters here in NC.

You can see McHenry forced to eat his words by viewing the following video.

Now, McHenry isn't the first to step across parliamentary lines and say something he later had to retract or apologize for, but this isn't a simple matter of the squirt losing his temper. In his whining attack on Democratic leadership, McHenry shows a shockingly inadequate grasp of voting procedures in the House. He isn't the only one.

From Norman Ornstein, a contributing writer at Roll Call [subscription only], we get this:

More dismaying was to watch Republican leaders after this event, and to read what Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) has been writing in his press releases and in a column in Human Events. Either he and Minority Whip Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) are consciously distorting what they know are the rules and practices of the House or they don’t know the basics of the rules.

If you're really paying attention, though to the cheap sophomoric tactics the Republicans are pulling to obstruct progress in Congress, then you recognized that this entire tantrum is over a motion that was intended merely to impede the Democratic Congress. Again, from Norman Ornstein:

That gets us to the specifics of the motion to recommit. This motion, if it passed, would have required the Appropriations Committee to find language to ban any funds for housing for illegal immigrants and report the bill “promptly” back to the House. Three observations are in order.

First, this motion should not be done on an appropriations bill — it is a substantive action, not technically legislating but having that effect. Second, the motion sought to ban funds for housing. This was an agriculture bill — it was not about housing. Third, the motion consciously dropped the standard, long- established language of serious motions to recommit, calling for the measure to be reported back “forthwith,” which means immediately and gives these motions the functional equivalency of substantive amendments or substitutes — a way for the minority to offer alternatives. Using “promptly,” as I discussed at length in an earlier column, is a subterfuge, a way to kill bills, and reflects a desire not to legislate but to embarrass vulnerable majority Members through a “gotcha” process.

In other words, this motion was a sham, not a serious attempt to offer a minority alternative. The majority was wrong to try to circumvent the process; the minority showed a lack of seriousness by offering such a motion to an appropriations bill.

While I'm a pretty firm believer in the old adage, "two wrongs don't make a right", I'm also a firm believer in pointing out the hypocrisy of Republicans as they throw tantrums over how the Democratic leadership is conducting the business of the House, when they were guilty of far greater transgressions during their tenure in the majority.

Democrats did not cheat. The vote was closed in a timely manner. They didn't hold the vote open for hours like Republicans had a tendency to do and all votes that were cast, were counted. Yes, after an initial flurry of vote-changing by both sides, the Democratic leadership tallied the votes and called the final total. It didn't matter what was on the screen or when the gavel was pounded on the table. The vote had to be called at some point or the Republicans and Democrats could have changed votes all night long trying to see who would come out on top. The party in control of the House was going to win this particular motion, so at some point the fence hurdling was going to have to come to an end.

Funny thing is, this happened over a week ago, but fresh articles are still coming out. I can only imagine that the louder Republicans whine about the unfair practices of Democrats, the more respectable journalists, like Norman Ornstein, will step up to call them on their hypocrisy. With Youtube videos like the one above, these moments of Republican hypocrisy stay alive for longer periods of time giving more journalists and bloggers a chance to offer their commentary. [Good for me because it's taking longer for me to write my commentary!]

Now for the Charlotte Observer's Lisa Zagaroli and her girly giddiness over Patty Mac. It wasn't so much what she wrote, but what she left out that makes me think she's more impressed with McHenry than she should be. First, instead of pointing out that McHenry's comments were hypocritical, she not only quoted them in full, but offered absolutely zero pushback on his assertions that Democrats were "cheats". Norman Ornstein even had something to say about this in his piece in Roll Call.

As for the press, the number of veteran journalists who know procedure, or who take the time to find out the facts before writing, has dwindled sharply.

Ouch! So, Zagaroli either has a thing for North Carolina's very own Oompa Loompa or she's a lazy reporter.

Second, Zagaroli wrote three different pieces on McHenry in one roundup. Dayum, talk about your PattyMac overload. Please, one helping is enough. Even - yes, I'm quoting the man again - Norm Ornstein agrees.

If the minority ends up being driven by immature brats such as Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.), everyone will suffer, starting with the American people.



For those of you who think I'm being unfair to Lisa

Read her admiration for the squirt in this piece of hers from July 23. She really does seem to be impressed with McHenry and she obviously leans to the right.

I've been keeping my eye on her since she called Robin Hayes' PAC contributions, um...PAC contribution and Larry Kissell's were from "special interest groups." When a journalist who is supposed to remain neutral uses a right-wing buzz word or phrase, it's a sure sign she can't be trusted to recognize the truth. From the article:

Rep. Robin Hayes, a Concord Republican who hung on for a fifth term in his 8th District by 330 votes last year, raised more than $300,000 in the quarter. Nearly $180,000 came from political action committees, or PACs. Hayes -- whose district stretches from east central Charlotte to suburban Fayetteville -- had $375,000 cash on hand.

The Montgomery County teacher who came from obscurity to nearly defeat Hayes, Larry Kissell, raised about $140,000, and had $100,000 in the bank. His contributions from special-interest groups totaled $59,000.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

Lisa Zagaroli

Talk back here. DC based, needs NC context.

Lisa seems conned or sick, so is WaPo's sleuth

You've nailed our gal (not) LIsa. She really needs to get another career or move over to the McHenry press office where she obviously wants to work. I wonder if she isn't already being paid in some way. Why else would anyone write such obvious crap.

And the Sleuth at WaPo is just as bad. Here's the WaPo drivel from a few weeks ago.

I posted Deiphilus' videos the day the events occurred and really was shocked when they didn't get much attention. The whole event didn't get much notice either in NC or up here in DC, either. Deiphilus (an Asheville DL-dude with a lot of great videos) and I were having a blast over the material. It was a riot.

We couldn't figure out why no one else picked up on it. You know, at the time, Lou Dobbs was the only person who really covered the initial event (with a video that had an overlay of the words "Shame" "Shame" "Shame" as the Republicans shouted and left so we know he's impartial.)

I'm glad this stuff is coming out. I'm glad your posting on the McDweeb, Betsy. Keep it coming. And I hope Republicans start noticing how much harm McHenry is bound to do the party in the long run.
News of the 10th district: See Pat Go Bye Bye,

The attention is taking time to build on this one

I noticed, but didn't have time to comment. Boy was I surprised when I had two opportunities thrown at me this week by Roll Call and the CharO. It helps when these things don't blow over, but it is kinda startling when something as grotesque as McHenry's performance doesn't get a bright spotlight immediately.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

Well, it isn't just that HE was ignored

The whole event was kind of brushed off. Happened late night on a weekend before as everyone was going to recess. I think all DC goes away when congress is not in session. There were seats available on the metro at rush hour yesterday and today . . .
News of the 10th district: See Pat Go Bye Bye,

Smackdown on CNN: Oldie but goodie

My favorite from Pat's greatest hits is this clip, with the hard-hitting Wolf Blitzer as interviewer. Okay, Wolf is not hard-hitting. But he grabbed Pat by the short ones here, and held on pretty effectively.

From the transcript:

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?

BLITZER: I’m just asking if you’re just throwing out an accusation or if you have any hard evidence.

MCHENRY: No. It’s a question, Wolf.

Anyone capable of embarrassment would have been embarrassed. Pat McH didn't seem embarrassed.

"It is to secure our rights that we resort to government at all." --Thomas Jefferson to Francois D'Ivernois, 1795.

Michael C. Munger

Change the Miro-chip in Congressman Patty Ass?

Anyone capable of embarrassment would have been embarrassed. Pat McH didn't seem embarrassed.* Gov Mike

Which confirms what we all thought! As Maxine Waters said many years ago. The Bush-CIA agenda in South Central LA makes Brain-wash Bush Republican congressional leaders total Orwellian retarded Robots.

Great guns!

Just a quick mintue to drop into the blogosphere to say hi from New Mexico! Looks like the fort is being well held-down!

Thanks for all you're doing to keep the pressure on the squirt.

(By the way, someone sent me a note suggesting that "my blog is sexist" . . . pointing to the language about little Lisa here, and to my occasional references to "Babs" Barrett, interpid Washington correspondent for McClatchy.

I think the writer thinks such terms are intended to be condescending. To which I would reply: damn right. Reporters who can't do any better than this deserve nothing more.

Thanks again for this excellent watchdoggedness!

Hiya A!

Glad you were able to drop in. I love New least I enjoyed a pretty wild mission trip I took there when I was a kid. Oooo boy our little ol' Southern Baptist choir group sure did raise the roof in NM um......36 years ago. :)

RobertP, Lcloud and the gang are doing a great job of keeping the place running. I'm still unreliable. School starts on the 27, but things should ease up in the next few days.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

"rabid frothiness"

I like that one, too. Is it sexist? I don't know . . .
News of the 10th district: See Pat Go Bye Bye,

I kinda knew you would like that one.


I'm going to revive something soon on the little pipsqueak. School starts in a couple of weeks. I'm busy getting the girls ready for new schools right now, but hope to be back blogging full time.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

Um um um um um.....

Patty Mac's a fool if he isn't watching every step, crossing every T, dotting every I. I'll even bet he'll regret the day you moved into his district. This is good Betsy. DQ and you together.....Pat Go Bye Bye...

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

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Ah yes.....I pulled a fast one on you Mo

I wound up moving into Myrick's district. I haven't even gotten started on that racist homophobe.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

Too bad for Myrick

guess I haven't been paying as much attention as I thought. Whaaa Happen?

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

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I think we really really need to keep on him

If we can't get him unelected, maybe we can make him look ridiculous nationally. To make my point I quote from Jay Rosen post in HuffPo). It's from a subscriber-only article by Josh Green in the Atlantic's Josh Green about Karl Rove:

He seems to understand -- indeed, to count on -- the media's unwillingness or inability, whether from squeamishness, laziness, or professional caution, ever to give a full estimate of him or his work. It is ultimately not just Rove's skill but his character that allows him to perform on an entirely different plane. Along with remarkable strategic skills, he has both an understanding of the media's unstated self-limitations and a willingness to fight in territory where conscience forbids most others.

I quote it because I think it's can now be applied to McHenry. Can our country afford another journalistically-nurtured Rove (Rove lite)?

Thanks to Betsy for pulling all this together. It's important that we keep on each journalist who is enabling his fantasies. We don't want him to develop a Rovian-type reputation. We want him to build the immature-brat-of-ridicule reputation.

News of the 10th district: See Pat Go Bye Bye,

Maybe we should encourage him

to run for Senate. Or Guv'nah. If we ever got him on a statewide ballot, he would be history.

Hi Congressman big Boy! Want to ride my cute Harley?

I heard a story about a woman he dated years ago* Drama Queen

He said to her, "You'd make a great Senator's wife." That's from her friend, not a direct story but I believed it.

I heard the same story in Charlotte at the Golden Boys Pink Bikers Club. In fact I met the Senator or Congressman wife who confirmed the rumor. He claim it was a one night stand and is still trying to have the marriage voided due to the Congressman not coming though with the Pink Harley as the engagement ring.

Congressman Patty looking for political love in all the wrong places

A little off topic but not completely irrelevant

I just found a website called the National Priorities Project.

Has the cost per congressional district for the war.

10th McHenry $900 million
11th Shuler $830.36 million

Go check out your district.

Then it answers these questions: Number of children that could have been provided with health care for the length of the Iraq War (10th: 103,498, 11th: 95,489)

Number of affordable housing units that could have been built (10th: 8,518 11: 7,859)

Number of elementary schools that could have been built 10th: 99 11: 91)

We have to elect representatives who understand that the war is simply a realignment of resources from the poor and middle class to the military-industrially-related wealthy.
News of the 10th district: See Pat Go Bye Bye,

Excellent resource

Thanks, DQ

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

Another Ew! for Patrick

hmitchell@.. .
U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry, R- N.C., will host a town hall meeting
noon Tuesday for families that home school their children.

The event will be at Henry Fork River Regional Recreation Park,
Sweet Bay Lane in Hickory. McHenry's office is encouraging
from the area to attend and bring along a picnic lunch.

Those attending can ask questions on issues concerning home-
families. There will also be discussion about legislation
western North Carolina families in general.

The park is off Interstate 40, Exit 121.

I wish a homeschool debate team would show up and verbally peel the hide off that weasel.

Another one for the Ew! file.

Public HIgh School debate teams

pretty much kick ass, too. I'd hate to be on the receiving end. And if your homeschoolers are anything like my highschoolers, they actually know parlimentary procedure, too.

They'd wipe the floor with his butt.

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

Republicans don't know the rules

because they haven't had to follow them before... especially guys like McPatty who came in during the GOP Reign of Error (h/t betsy!)

And now that Congress has to do things like sticking to the previously agreed upon voting window or following the agreed upon rules for amendments (you know, because all of these rules are actually established before the debate begins)...the Whining GOP can CRY ME A RIVER.

Larry Kissell is MY Congressman