Monday, March 12, 2007

The Halls of Power

The hallway discussion of Wisconsin Congressman David Obey with a marine mom and an anti-war protester has made it on to YouTube. In the video he criticizes "idiot liberals" and suggests that those who are dissatisfied with his legislative efforts must be "smoking something illegal." Obey also opens his coat at one moment and asks his petitioners if they see "a magic wand" in his possession. What began as a civil exchange ends with Obey shouting and cursing at the activists who maintain their composure.

Representative Obey has already posted an official apology on his website. It may not be a "macaca moment" that ends his political career, but it is certainly a potential embarrassment that could affect his future aspirations.

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