Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Mike Conaway: House Salad Dressing

I watched the House Republican press conference held August 11 and saw my Congressman, Rep. Mike Conaway standing tall in the background. The session ended without his talking. I wondered, why didn't Mike speak?

Did it have anything to do with his #1 rank in supporting big oil in the House? Were the other speakers more dynamic, did they have more compelling messages? Consider Mike's words, shared later the same day, when he spoke from the House floor:

Fed up with the silent suffering of millions of East Berliners, President Reagan demanded: ‘Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!’. Today we stand in the People's House, where our public debate has been silenced and we also demand: Speaker Pelosi, turn on these lights and give us a vote!"

Huh? C'mon Mike, who writes your stuff?

One of your counterparts used Moses' "let my people vote." Corny, but catchy. Here are some options for future speeches:

"Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!"
"Speaker Pelosi, light up this hall!"
"Mr. Craig, unlock that stall!"
"Mr. Conaway, attest to that audit!"
"Mr. Bush, re-sheath your balls!"
"Mr. Cheney, silence the violence!"
"Mr. Mukasey, justice for just us!"
"Mrs. Townsend, yearn for lessons learned!"

I'm sure they're many more. But please hire a staffer with some creative skills, other than lying and writing letters that don't address my concerns. This citizen, one of the 651,000, would appreciate it. By the way, I didn't ask you to perform political comedy theater yesterday, so you can drop the number to 650,999 in your next speech.