Gawd, you coulda knocked me over with a feather.
Congressman Paul Kanjorski (D-PA) has been a fairly undistinguished member of the House of Representatives for nearly a quarter of a century. He is a career member of the Financial Services Committee who has made little or no name for himself since his first electoral victory, and has maintained incumbency through the funneling of pork back to his district. Even his Wikipedia entry says that Kanjorski “usually plays behind-the-scenes roles in the advocacy or defeat of legislation and steers appropriations money toward improving the infrastructure and economic needs of his district.”
“But [in] the temptation to want to win back the Congress, we sort of stretched the facts – and people ate it up.”
Never one to stand out in a crowd outside of his own district if he could help it up until now, Rep. Kanjorski’s public life may be about to change in a major way very, very quickly, and for a very big reason.
You see, Paul Kanjorski has an honesty problem.
More specifically, Paul Kanjorski’s problem is that he was publicly honest about the intentional dishonesty of Congressional Democrats (and Democrat candidates) in the run-up to the 2006 election — particularly with regard to the War in Iraq.
And here’s the money quote:
“I’ll tell you my impression. We really in this last election, when I say we…the Democrats, I think pushed it as far as we can to the end of the fleet, didn’t say it, but we implied it. That if we won the Congressional elections, we could stop the war. Now anybody was a good student of Government would know that wasn’t true. But you know, the temptation to want to win back the Congress, we sort of stretched the facts…and people ate it up.”
More at Jeff Emanuel’s blog:
Any savvy voter knows that most politicans will say what people want to hear, and not necessarily what they need to hear.
The key, regardless of political leanings, is to hold them accountable for promises broken, and support them for promises kept.
I know that Republicans by and large, are significantly more loyal, patriotic, and pro-national security and defense, than the Democrats of the last 40 years. I hold them accountable when they waste tax money on pork barrel earmarks, or when as in the case of John McCain, they are lethargic toward border security and illegal aliens.
The frothing nutroots stampeded all the way to the polls, to place the Democrats in a Senate and Congressional majority, and this is the thanks they get.