Tuesday, November 27, 2007

And the Windbag Award goes to...

I attended a meeting hosted by the Progressive Grandmothers for Political Action at the Remington in RB this afternoon. I met many of these women at the weekly ENOUGH! protest in Poway. The speaker today was Lobbyist turned congressman Bilbray. He spent his entire time shamelessly bragging about his 'accomplishments' as the 'environmentalist mayor' of Imperial Beach. At the end, it was time for questions and answer. His strategy was, pretend to answer a question by distracting people with non-stop babbling, mostly nonsense. He was all over the place! In teaching, we call it bird walking (when one constantly wanders away from the objective of the lesson). When asked about the Iraq debacle, he talks about the Civil War in this country, and what the Germans did in WWII. Then he went on and on about how once a war is started, there is no good way to end it! I cornered him with a question regarding what he plans to do with the 12 million undocumented immigrants. As soon as he strays off topic, I interrupted him and brought him back on track, and I asked him for clarification. I also asked him for specific examples. When cornered, he said that he would have the IRS (not the INS) audit employers who choose to hire undocumented workers. A few others tried to pin him down on his horrible voting record, citing specific issues. All in all, what we got was a filibuster from the guy. Everyone came away disgusted, he said a lot without saying anything. It was a waste of a nice afternoon! Oh well, what do you expect from the GOP, the truth?

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

You seem so objective. Thank you so much for going to this event and reporting out on it. You could have just been a knee-jerk liberal hack, but instead provided a meaningful, open-minded, objective assessment of Bilbray, who just happens to be a Republican. One would never know you had an agenda of your own. Good work!

blue diegan said...

I'm sure if this was red county, you would get that puff piece on Bilbray that you would have enjoyed immensely. However this being a progressive blog what did you expect? I mean if Red County or Flash Report said something positive about a progressive Democrat I would be shocked. As for Bilbray, what did you expect? I mean other than bashing immigrants what else does this guy have? This guy has about as much depth as a rain puddle...

Anonymous said...

Auday Arabo would be proud of his boss in action!