Here’s yet another fine example of what Republicans must mean when they talk about compassionate conservatism (WSJ, subscription required), though more along the lines of the Dennis Hastert or Barbara Bush variety.
Two shaky House incumbents, Democrat Melancon and Republican Boustany, hope response to hurricane rallies voters behind them. House Republican campaign chief Reynolds touts chance to market conservative social-policy solutions; Rep. Baker of Baton Rouge is overheard telling lobbyists: "We finally cleaned up public housing in New Orleans. We couldn’t do it, but God did."
Baker explains later he didn’t intend flippancy but has long wanted to improve low-income housing. (emphasis added)
Didn’t intend the flippancy? Is that another way of saying "I didn’t know anyone else was listening?" Just like Trent Lott, Dick Armey and others, this is just another example of how these people really talk and think when they think they’re in safe, sympathetic company.
Should a guy like this, with that kind of attitude about some of his own constituents, be in Congress? Maybe he needs to hear what people think about his comments. You can contact him via email here, or use the information below.
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