The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

24 November 2004

A pain in the Istuchas

The flap over Rep. Ernest Istook (R-OK 5) and his presumed amendment to that House spending bill continues to generate sub-flaps.

Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK) has been showing off a handwritten copy of the dubious amendment, asserting that it proves no Congressional Republican had anything to do with its inclusion.

Cam Edwards' sidekick Farrah, noting that Stevens says the measure had been cleared by senior Democratic staff, suspects a trap:

So that's how the provision was discovered by Senate Democrats so quickly! They knew what they were looking for, and they knew where to find it.

In light of this new information, I can't help but wonder if this was a set up by Congressional Democrats. Certainly Istook and the rest of the Congressional Republicans were sloppy and allowed this provision to be added without their knowledge. I hold them wholly responsible for missing this. But were Congressional Democrats banking on their sloppyness to set them up?

Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist has apologized to Rep. Istook.

Istook's own statement is here.

Posted at 7:43 AM to Political Science Fiction

Rep. Istook has been outed by Molly Ivans in her syndicated column today. She also takes a few potshots at Mr. Coburn.

As ZZ Top sang "I'm bad, I'm nationwide."

Posted by: The Proprietor at 10:44 AM on 24 November 2004

While a small fraction of pundits are pinning the blame on either Dem's or Repub's, I think most of America looks at the whole picture and shakes its collective head.

Posted by: MikeH at 11:09 AM on 24 November 2004

"You mean... someone in Washington did something sneaky? Is that even possible?"

Just one of the many blessings of the Universal Sarcasm Act.

Posted by: CGHill at 11:39 AM on 24 November 2004

It's a TRAP. (Insert Ackbar picture here)

Sorry. I'm sorry to see Ernie take the blame for this one. There are so many things that are actually his fault, after all.

Posted by: Dan at 12:02 AM on 25 November 2004

Good Ole Ernie ... The Frank Shurden of the national scene ...... I figure he's so busy trying to get that flag burnin amendment attached to every bill he can he couldn't possibly have had a lot of time to have anything to do with it ... my guess is somebody handed him the "football" figuring if it got caught most folks would just say "It figures" and write him off yet again. A "monkeys paw" if there ever was one.

Posted by: ron at 4:03 PM on 26 November 2004