In the course of politics, it’s probably inevitable that some level of hypocrisy is to be expected. In the pursuit of votes, every politician probably has to take positions that are less than consistent at times, but there are few who measure up to Montana’s Congressman, Denny Rehberg, in the brazenness of their hypocrisy.
Rehberg’s latest? Calling for Patty Murray to resign from the joint committee charged with developing a deficit reduction plan, because her position makes her too partisan. Rehberg told the Billings Gazette:
Rehberg said that Murray should step down from the bipartisan committee because she’s also chair of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, which helps support Democratic Senate candidates in 2012.
“Having … the top political strategist for Senate Democrats on the committee injects politics into a process that needs to be bipartisan,” he said. “Congress needs to put politics aside and get the job done for the American people.”
Just how did Mr. “put politics aside” spend his day yesterday? At a fundraiser in Billings with Senator John Cornyn, the chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, at the Billings Hotel and Convention Center.
Rehberg managed to pull off a rarely seen example of double hypocrisy in the event with Cornyn, who issued a memo last week defending the debt-ceiling deal that Rehberg opposed:
In a public memo, National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John Cornyn (R-Texas) defended the deal and urged 2012 candidates to focus on Democrats in their criticisms.
Strangely, Representative Rehberg, who champions the transparency of his public events, has neglected to update his official schedule since August 4th, though I am quite certain he has had public events since then.
Senator Baucus absolutely assessed Rehberg’s political posturing:
“You can’t be effective just by criticizing the other person,” he said. “You have to be sort of quiet about it. … We need results. We can’t just talk. We can’t just grandstand.”
That’s Rehberg’s campaign for Senate in a nutshell. With no record of achievement, all he has to offer is partisan nonsense—all while pretending to be bipartisan.