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Our Michigan members of Congress are falling all over themselves to get into the spotlight regarding the Underpants Bomber.

It's like the news story that keeps on giving.

First, last week, we had Rep. Mark Schauer (D, MI-07) questioning with or not the flight crew on Flight 253 followed protocol in the process.

Was protocol violated when Flight 253 -- after a failed attempt to set off a bomb on the Christmas Day flight from Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Detroit -- proceeded to a gate at Metro Airport after the plane landed?

That's the question U.S. Rep. Mark Schauer, a Battle Creek Democrat, pressed Thursday at a hearing before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee's Aviation Subcommittee.

Then, over the weekend, former state Attorney General Secretary of State Candice Miller (R, MI-10) called for Attorney General Eric Holder to get himself before the House Homeland Security Committee to answer some questions.

Miller, who sits on the House Homeland Security Committee, has sharply criticized the Obama administration for not treating Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab as an enemy combatant. The White House has pushed back against such criticism by disclosing that the suspect started talking again and has given useful information. Miller sent a letter to Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson asking for a hearing with Holder.

And now we have Pete Hoekstra (R, MI-02) calling Deputy national security adviser John Brennan a liar. Yesterday on Meet the Press, Brennan said the Hoekstra, along with other GOP House members, was briefed on the fact that the Undperpants Bomber Guy was Mirandized. Hoekstra responded with this:

A statement by Hoekstra's office said the congressman had "a brief, nonsecure conversation with Brennan. Brennan only informed him that Abdulmutallab had severe burns and was being treated. Contrary to what he attempts to imply, he at no time informed Hoekstra that Abdulmutallab had been Mirandized, nor did he seek Hoekstra's consultation or provide any sort of meaningful briefing. The faulty decision to Mirandize Abdulmutallab was the Obama administration's, and its decision alone."

That, of course, is the GOP/Hoekstra equivalent of "LIAR! LIAR! Pants on FIRE!!!".

This is clearly a story that will be milked by Michigan (and probably other states') lawmakers for days, weeks and months to come.

Hey, at least our Democratic representative wants to make sure things get corrected in future so that people are protected. The GOP is clearly just out to score political points against the Obama administration.

You'd think there was an election coming up or something...

Oh, and speaking of which...Virg Bernero will announce his candidacy for governor of Michigan today.

I'm just sayin'...

Originally posted to Eclectablog - eclectic blogging for a better tomorrow on Mon Feb 08, 2010 at 05:22 AM PST.

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  •  Tip Jar (12+ / 0-)

    Vote for my short story "Two North" HERE. Thanks!

    by Eclectablog on Mon Feb 08, 2010 at 05:22:16 AM PST

  •  Ivory-tower politics gives you a 41-to 59 majori (3+ / 0-)
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    TracieLynn, Eclectablog, Vtdblue

    Imagine if the Obama administration using every opportunity that the GOP have given them to score political points, Obama derides them but cheap political points work to frame people and change their behaviour.

    Demint's hold of the TSA nominee could have been used to make Demint bay so as to make other senators take notice of what would happen if the put a hold on nominees but Obama is in kick me mode.

    •  Pretty pathetic, isn't it? (1+ / 0-)
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      "Kick Me" is exactly the message they send.  And then they beg for bipartisan meetings to discuss the un-discussable with the uncompromisingly obstructionist.  WTF...

      People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people. -- "V for Vendetta"

      by Vtdblue on Mon Feb 08, 2010 at 06:31:24 AM PST

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  •  Hoaxster is not about to let this slip (2+ / 0-)
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    marina, Eclectablog

    through his fingers.

    It's apparent everytime he opens his mouth that he believes with all his heart that the way to take down the Democratic party is to paint them as "soft on terror."

    So much so that he never seems to offer anything of substance on pretty much anything else.

    And believe me, the outfit I work for ... if he uttered anything of substance over the past 10 years ... I would have been handed a file with the audio of it and ordered to work it into a promo.

  •  We need the lie-o-meter (1+ / 0-)
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    Any time a politician is interviewed by the media, he/she should be attached to a lie detector. Run the results at the bottom of the screen, and let the screen light up with every lie.

    If they can't speak truth, let them fall.

  •  Who are you going to believe? (1+ / 0-)
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    You have a choice folks, believe a Rethuglican like Hoekstra, who has never impressed me as someone who loves the truth, or John Brennan who has served several administrations? Belonging to the same clan, I choose Brennan every time. Unlike Hoekstra, Brennan impresses me as a man of integrity. I go with Brennan.

    •  So Brennan briefed GOP members of Congress, (0+ / 0-)

      seeking reaction to this potential decision, but didn't seek advice from Blair, Mueller or Napolitano before it was made (as the latter three testified to Congress)?


  •  This is pretty much what I expect from Hoekstra (1+ / 0-)
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    He'll do or say anything to score a few political points.  

    BTW, Candice Miller is the former Secretary of State, not Attorney General.  

  •  Virg will be getting my vote (0+ / 0-)

    Good. I can actually vote for someone with a clear conscience this primary who I think can win.

    Support Fair Trade. Buy American! Keep jobs at home. Political Compass Economy -6.62, Social -4.82

    by John Lane on Mon Feb 08, 2010 at 04:52:24 PM PST

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