Editorial: What is it with these clowns?

May. 03, 2013 @ 05:13 PM

Just an idea, but maybe there should be a rule that anyone in elected office who openly expresses the thought that his or her elected position – one to which the public elevated that person – entitles him or her to special treatment, that person needs to be immediately ineligible for re-election.

This idea came up after reading the other day about a California congressman who had scripted what he apparently thought would be simply an awesome display for the TV cameras but, not surprisingly, was overmatched by his opponent, who happened to be Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno.

At a hearing of the House Armed Services Committee, Rep. Duncan Hunter scolded Odierno and Army Secretary John McHugh at great length on what he perceived to be their failure to answer questions from Hunter’s office related to a computing network.

And then, once his rant was completed, Hunter attempted to leave the room without waiting for a response.

McHugh shamed Hunter into sitting back down to hear the response.

Hunter and Odierno then got into a back-and-forth argument, Hunter objected to being interrupted, and Odierno replied, “Well, you weren’t gonna let us say anything.”

“Well, you’re right,” Hunter said. “But I have that prerogative when I’m sitting up here.”

Excuse me?

Prerogative? It’s your prerogative to berate public servants, criticize their performance and accuse them of incompetence, and then not to give them a chance to answer you? That’s what elected office means to you?

Reading that so soon after N.C. state Sen. Tommy Tucker’s declaration that “I’m the senator here” is reason enough for someone else to shut up, well, it gets the blood pressure up.

Hunter’s job, unfortunately, is exceedingly safe. Gerrymandering protects almost everyone of both parties against almost any idiocy they say or perform.