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I know many folks out in Kos land have had questions about Cathy McMorris Rodgers since she is the shiny new face for the Republicans. Their perfect example of today's Republican woman. It's a proud time for those of us freezing in eastern Washington- our hearts are warmed and bursting with pride because our rising star has finally risen to #4 in the House leadership. It surely does make up for losing Speaker Tom Foley.

So here are a few thoughts about her from a real liberal in the conservative Spokesman Review.

Cathy McMorris Rodgers has not distinguished herself as one who makes a lot of bold, off-the-cuff statements.

Even as her profile rises, with convention speeches and appearances on the Sunday morning shows, she often conveys the sense of someone tiptoeing very carefully from word to word.

Always cautious and careful. Gotta stick tenaciously to those talking points that you have memorized.

Every once in a while I get the crazy urge to call her office- something I swore off of when her PR guy went off on me about some letters I wrote to the newspaper (just pointing out where some of campaign money came from and that she was working closely with some less than sterling folks, Tom Delay, Richard Pombo,etc, etc) - but after reading this part, my resolve to never call again has been strengthened...

Maybe debate and extemporaneous speech are just not her thing. I’ve tried on several occasions to secure interviews with the congresswomen, including this week, always without success. Once, instead of an interview, I was offered a link, through a spokesman, to a statement by House Speaker John Boehner. Another time, a week of back and forth with her spokesman produced a carefully worded statement that said less than it seemed to.
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...if a regular columnist from the (right-wing) only newspaper in town can't get any kind of interview from her, why would anyone in her office care about a tiny thought from me?

But now she has gone bold, tweeting recently-

“Proud of the work we’ve done during the 112th Congress!”

So, what is she proud of?

Her tweet linked to a report produced by Rep. Fred Upton, chairman of the Committee on Energy and Commerce. The report asserts: “Our record in the 112th Congress is an impressive one.”
On this list of proudness is-
The committee held 118 hearings.

and, and....

Committee members spent 569.81 hours “hard at work in our hearing rooms.” This amounts to a little more than 10 hours per committee member.

and more

The committee advanced 40 bills that were eventually signed into law, part of its year of “major legislative production.”
betcha didn't know that!

And then of course they passed aaaalll those bills to repeal Obamacare. And you know how that turned out.

I'm sure it would have taken up way too much of her bizzy schedule to have talked to a local reporter about all this proud pride stuff. But he got it all and now we know just how wonderful and proud our eastern WA star is.

Originally posted to peagreen on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 06:52 PM PST.

Also republished by PacNW Kossacks.

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  •  Tip Jar (6+ / 0-)

    ..."For beauty," I replied. "And I for truth,-the two are one; We brethren are"... E. Dickinson

    by peagreen on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 06:52:55 PM PST

  •  Shawn Vestal had a great column (4+ / 0-)
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    peagreen, justintime, myboo, Spiffarino

    My husband and I enjoyed reading it this morning.  I'm not surprised that she won't do an interview with him.  She has absolutely no intention of being asked hard questions.

    The wingnuts like her, so she isn't going anywhere.  Which for Fairchild AFB isn't a bad thing.

     Fairchild AFB not only has the best weather of the candidates for the new AF tanker, but with Senator Murray and Rep. McMorris Rodgers in key positions, it has the political backing to get the plane.

    •  though she likes people to think so (3+ / 0-)
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      justintime, myboo, Ckntfld

      as far as anything of benefit for this district is concerned both Sens Murray and Cantwell do the heavy lifting. Cathy signs her name to the occasional letter.
      And as to questions-hard or otherwise- she does not answer hard ones or soft ones.
      I'm only too familiar with our little misrep.

      ..."For beauty," I replied. "And I for truth,-the two are one; We brethren are"... E. Dickinson

      by peagreen on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 08:11:56 PM PST

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    •  new? (1+ / 0-)
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      For two years I was starting to think that the ubiquitous, enigmatic "awkward frozen smile and metronome eyes press conference" lady (until I found out her name) was some kind of portable mannequin attached to Boehner by a sort of cable out of sight of the teevee cameras.

      "Did they really think that we wouldn't notice? Nice try-- but we got you!" Rev. Al Sharpton

      by growingMajorityMN on Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 06:41:33 AM PST

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      •  It got to be a running joke (2+ / 0-)
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        between my wife and I. Look honey, "there's Boehner and he brought his blow-up doll with him again". I'll freely admit, I don't listen to a lot of Republican press conferences (they're always better with the sound turned down), and she's not my rep, but I'm not sure I've ever heard her speak.

        •  the battery runs down fast (0+ / 0-)

          So she does speak, but just long enough to have video footage of her mouth moving (I find that news channels tend to talk over the footage so you don't hear her).

          Was amazed that she went on Rachel Maddow show all by herself. Of course she resorted to the frozen smile mode when she didn't have a good answer to Rachel's peppering.

          "Did they really think that we wouldn't notice? Nice try-- but we got you!" Rev. Al Sharpton

          by growingMajorityMN on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 12:02:19 AM PST

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      •  your lucky you've only noticed her for two years. (1+ / 0-)
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        She's beginning her 5th term. She's been getting government pay since she was 20, "working" in the state House from a right-wing district where her father was the county party chair. She was appointed to replace the representative who moved into the Senate. Voting against everything. Hates the government loves the government paycheck.

        ..."For beauty," I replied. "And I for truth,-the two are one; We brethren are"... E. Dickinson

        by peagreen on Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 08:44:58 AM PST

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  •  I haven't forgotten how Sen Murray (4+ / 0-)
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    worked hard for the veterans facility in Walla Walla (I think it was WW) and Bush sent her down to bask in the positive vibes and Patty Murray wasn't even invited.  

    •  yes (4+ / 0-)
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      and Patty Murray fought hard on the whole tanker issue. Cathy does nothing for this district and there is no accountability whatsoever and now her arrogance is really showing.  She believes her own b.s.

      ..."For beauty," I replied. "And I for truth,-the two are one; We brethren are"... E. Dickinson

      by peagreen on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 08:46:08 PM PST

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  •  She reminds me of Professor Umbridge (4+ / 0-)

    Harry Potter.  All sweetness and light with a sour underpinning.

    We should not be fighting about equal pay for equal work and access to birth control in 2012. Elizabeth Warren

    by Leftleaner on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 08:46:02 PM PST

  •  The House Works An Average of 2 Days A Week..... (2+ / 0-)
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    for $174,000.00 a year.  During those 2 days a week, they spend 5 hours on the phone begging for money, 2 hours on the House floor & 2 hours supposedly talking to constituents.

    They have passed 219 bills during the entire 112th congress.  In the 70's congress regularly passed more than 500 bills.  

    Cathy McMorris Rogers shows up at all the press conferences standing up there w/ Cantor & Boehner.  That's about it.  She's a figurehead.....a female figurehead.

    I can't think of a single thing she's accomplished for Washington state.  

    •  if you ever do think of something be sure (2+ / 0-)
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      and post a diary with a "breaking" title. It'll be news to all of us. I'd say bobblehead actually...

      ..."For beauty," I replied. "And I for truth,-the two are one; We brethren are"... E. Dickinson

      by peagreen on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 10:51:05 PM PST

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