Thursday, February 12, 2009

Greg Walden Knows an Effective Prop when He Sees One


House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Chairman Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Mich., left, watches as Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., right, holds up a container of food items that were recalled due to the recent salmonella outbreak associated with peanut products manufactured by the Peanut Corporation of America, Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)


The peanut butter hearings yesterday were a superb case of what I guess you could call Fifth Amendment Theater™, in which the obviously, blatantly guilty are called to Congress not to answer any questions, but to simply squirm and get yelled at. Works for me!

Bonus points to Rep. Walden for finding the most telegenic prop. Hey, the peanut guys should have been grateful; it's not everyone who gets offered a delicious snack* in the middle of getting raked over the coals.

*Suggested name: Salmonettes™.

9 comments:

rptrcub said...

Salmonettes: When regular diarrhea isn't enough.

Matty Boy said...

Wow, a Republican roasting the CEO of a corporation. This guy must be well and truly dead.

I wonder if Rep. Walden said the answer to salmonella is... tax cuts!

Karen Zipdrive said...

I wonder if Republican Rep. Walden assessed the crooks who run Peanut Corp. of America and developed a case of peanuts envy?

Anonymous said...

hells yes to Greg Walden and his effective prop! and I'm in for the new rulez -- where we get to ignore the capital letter after Congressional surnames, and just watch how they vote.

Want to see MORE absurdist & effective communication on the hill! Absurdist anyhow only for actually depicting the crazy situation...

(hmmm....is that anti-Dada?)

Anonymous said...

A friend of mine retired to that small town where the plant is located. Those farmers, all Republicans, would have fixed Mr Parnell's wagon on the spot for what he has wrought on them and their industry.

Rich in Fla

rptrcub said...

Rich, why the hell would anyone want to intentionally retire to south Georgia? I spent 3 years of my youth being tortured in bumblefuck before getting back north to Atlanta. I refuse to live south of Interstate 20 ever again in my life, so long as I'm in Georgia.

Then again, I'm gay, so that's probably what made things awful.

Cynic Al said...

A Republican with a good, effective, truthful prop!
Next up: The end of times.

Steve said...

I'm waiting patiently until Malkin, or Hannity or some other patriotic unaligned commentator remembers that Jimmeh Cahter was a peanut farmer. It's only a matter of time.
Tick..tick..tick....

KarlB said...

Hey! You got salmonella in my chocolate!
Hey! You got chocolate in my salmonella!

... Now in new bite-sized Salmonettes!