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A Republican reaction

I just talked to a senior staffer with one of the Republicans on the committee. I asked why they thought their boss didn’t go or any Republicans didn’t go. They said, “Uh, I don’t know, we didn’t pay any attention it.” Priceless.

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posted January 31, 2007 at 2:27 am

That is sad. Really sad.

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Tom Tomberg

posted January 31, 2007 at 4:23 am

David, please correct me if I’m wrong, but here’s my sense of how this all works.Attendance at this sort of thing is based entirely on whether a lot of noisy constituents are thought to care, or whether campaign donors are thought to care. If a hearing is convened by people who aren’t plugged into your operation, and it isn’t about something like going to war, it doesn’t matter if Jesus Christ himself is going to testify, you won’t go. And this applies equally to both parties. Is that fair? You know better than I do, you worked for some senators.

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posted January 31, 2007 at 4:12 pm

Tom,If what you say is true, don’t you think that is sad? Katrina victems are still suffering over a year later. The administration failed them. Is still failing them. If constituents are not being ‘noisy enough’, does that mean that Republicans committee members aren’t required to care?That’s sad.

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posted January 31, 2007 at 7:18 pm

We all live in little worlds of our own creation – they are a bit different from the world which God created. Our worlds are very small and narrow – whether we are conservative or liberal, – doesn’t matter – These congressmen simply do not inhabit the same world as those who suffer in New Orleans. It becomes easier and easier to see such suffering in one dimensional terms. And then no attention is necessary. It becomes almost impossible to enter their world. Emails to congressmen are connected to programs that will answer you quickly with programed resonses. You are not allowed to visit with them – at least not without major preparation and connections. And so, like Bush and his paranoid terrorist world or Cheney and his fearful world or Hilary Clinton and her completely political world or Tom Delay and his world of Christian privilege -your ethic, your way of seeing others becomes small and unimportant. Jesus asks us to go out into the world, to love both neighbor and enemy and to care for the poor and mourning among us. It is our job to bring the world to our politicians – not the other way around.

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