Valley News Kicks Sensenbrenner, Bass Ass
They start off with a little misdirection:
On behalf of the state of New Hampshire, we'd like to thank the U.S. House Judiciary Committee for traveling up to Concord last week to hold a hearing on the immigration bills now before Congress...It's not often that people in the hinterlands get such a clear, close-up view of Congress at work.And you're thinking "the Union Leader was more critical than the Valley News??? The hell?????"
Then they lower the boom:
And if not for the fact that the committee demonstrated its contempt for the people of this state and its indifference to actually doing anything about a serious issue, this absurdist-theater performance might have been amusing, or at least entertaining.And finally, they bring it on home, to New Hampshire and Charlie Bass:
I'm thinking that's a rhetorical question, but sometimes even rhetorical questions are worth answering: That is exactly how much respect Charlie Bass has for us. This is the kind of government he stands for - voters, like children, are to be seen and not heard.
If the committee didn't have the slightest interest in actually learning what New Hampshire residents thought about immigration, why did it go to the trouble of staging this dog and pony show? A Democratic member of the committee suggested that it was put on for the political benefit of Reps. Charlie Bass and Jeb Bradley, the state's two Republican congressmen who acted as “hosts” and sat with the committee.
“I have no objection to the idea that we would have the debate in Concord, N.H., or Concord, Calif., or anywhere else in the United States because it's good for America to participate in this important issue,” said Bass.
“Participate”? Does even one of New Hampshire's own representatives have such little respect for the intelligence of the people of this state?
Kudos to the Valley News and Union Leader for calling the Republican show-trial organizers on this. And, again, to the Democrats on that committee for relentlessly calling attention to what was going on.