Saturday, January 13, 2007

Adolescents in the (US) House

Freshman U.S. Rep. Steve Kagen (D-Wis) has been impressing activist groups with tales of his first days in Washington. He tells this story of his meeting the always pleasant first lady Laura Bush:

Then I go to his (President Bush's) wife, 'Hi Barbara, how are ya?' I did that because I learned on the campaign that the meanest thing you can say to another gentlemen is, "he's a fine fellow," and you then refer to his spouse by a different name.

While meeting with a group of 'peace'-activists, Rep. Kagen, a well-to-do physician, told a story of his meeting Karl Rove:

While meeting last month with a group of area peace activists, then Congressman-elect Steve Kagen told a story of his first visit to the White House that shows a feisty and humorous side to our new man in Congress.

After Rove washed his hands ('At least he's a hand washer,' Kagen said), he attempted to leave, but Kagen prevented his departure by holding the door closed and said, "You're in the White House and you think your safe, huh? You recognize me? My name's Dr. Multimillionaire and I kicked your ass."

Kagen expected to make Rove squirm, but said (he) acted like it was a tennis match and simply said, "Oh, congratulations."

Rep. Kagen is 56-years old. He doesn't sound like it, does he? Also, note the contrast with the calm and mature way that Mr. Rove handles the Kagen's provocations.

Rep. Kagen's stories and their ever changing versions along with Kagen's non-denial denials are nicely cataloged by Dan Riehl.

As a culture of corruption update, the FDA has informed Dr. Kagen that he is under investigation violation of federal law "for manufacturing and selling allergy shots without a valid license." It is always funny how Democrats don't think that they should have to follow the rules that they so happily have the government impose on us. (Remember that Bill Clinton had a hard time finding a nominee for Attorney General who hadn't herself violated the law. Janet Reno was his third choice after Zoe Baird and Kimba Wood both had income tax problems.)

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