This is just too rich . . . charges of hypocrisy coming from none other than the Karl Rovian Bushbot Congresscritter named Patrick McHenry. Kind of sad, really. From the Charlotte Observer's Tim Funk.
Rep. Patrick McHenry is becoming a thorn in the side of Democrats in Washington. The latest example: Last week, the Cherryville Republican turned the tables on House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., who has been charging that congressional Republicans preside over a "culture of corruption."
When Pelosi was asked recently on NBC's "Meet the Press" about House Democrats who have been dogged by accusations of wrongdoing, she said she had called for the House Ethics Committee to investigate one of them, Rep. William Jefferson, D-La.
Enter McHenry. The N.C. freshman penned an ethics complaint for Pelosi. All she has to do is sign it and get it notarized. It's addressed to leaders of the House Ethics Committee and requests an investigation of Jefferson, whose homes have been raided by FBI agents. Bundles of cash were reportedly found in his freezer, and a Kentucky businessman has pleaded guilty to bribing Jefferson.
In a separate letter to Pelosi, McHenry -- tongue firmly in cheek -- said it is "always refreshing to see a member (of Congress) go beyond rhetoric and take action when the situation warrants."
This is not the first time McHenry has put Democrats on the spot. Last month, he co-authored a resolution saluting the professionalism of the U.S. Capitol Police. He took that step days after Rep. Cynthia McKinney, D-Ga., got national headlines for allegedly hitting a Capitol police officer. According to reports, the officer reached for McKinney after she ignored a metal detector and the officer's orders to stop. She was not wearing the pin that identifies members of Congress, and the officer did not recognize her.
Is McHenry -- the youngest member of Congress, at 30 -- becoming the Republicans' new "attack dog," as one GOP colleague suggested recently?
"I'm not going to let the hypocrisy from the left stand," McHenry told the Observer. "Ivory-tower liberals like Nancy Pelosi take potshots at Republicans ... Well, when you live in a glass house, you shouldn't throw stones. Nancy Pelosi lives in the most fragile of glass houses. I'm willing to get in there and fight and say she's a hypocrite."
McHenry, it should be pointed out, has been less than tough on Republicans accused of ethics violations. In fact, he's been one of the House's most stalwart defenders of former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas. When DeLay was indicted last September on money laundering and conspiracy charges, McHenry blasted the Texas prosecutor who brought them.
Note to McHenry: The minute you take a stand for integrity against the @$$holes in your own friggin' glass house is the very same minute you can expect any thinking person to take you and your bullshit stunts seriously. You, sir, are a joke.
And since when do the Republicans send a class clown to do the work of an attack dog?
PS. McHenry was doing pretty good sliding below the radar, sucking up to his own party's power brokers and keeping his nose clean. But by this stunt, he has painted a big ol' bull's eye on his own yellow back. For which I, personally, am more than grateful. Nothing like fresh meat.