Good Lord, is there anything these clowns won’t politicize?
Republicans are slamming Democrats on the House Homeland Security Committee for claiming last year’s government shutdown stalled an investigation of the marathon bombings — saying it was a partisan exploitation of a tragedy that will haunt the Democrats rather than help them in November.
“I find it rather unfortunate … that the review was delayed because of the senseless 16-day government shutdown in October of 2013,” said U.S. Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.), the second ranking Democrat on the Committee of Homeland Security, reading remarks of ranking Democrat Bennie G. Thompson, with which she concurred. “Partisan disagreements create serious gaps in Homeland Security oversight, and this is just one example of the myriad of setbacks that the shutdown yielded.”
Sanchez also suggested the federal prosecution could be affected by the GOP-led committee’s investigation. She spoke as a hearing into law enforcement lessons learned opened, before testimony by former Boston Police Commissioner Edward F. Davis, Watertown Chief of Police Ed Deveau, Watertown police Sgt. Jeffrey Pugliese — who took part in the April 19 gunfight in which suspected terrorist Tamerlan Tsarnaev died — and Harvard professor Herman Leonard.
“It borders on idiotic,” GOP consultant Keith Appell said about the remarks.
“The shutdown was the result of Democrats insisting on funding Obamacare instead of delaying it for a year. The Democrat instinct to sensationalize this and grossly personalize almost every issue will only manifest in continued losses at the ballot box later this year.”
“There are idiots everywhere, and sometimes they get elected,” said Marty Connors, former Alabama GOP chairman. “It’s a ridiculous comment, but we’ve come to expect that these days. This was a terrible tragedy, and it’s being turned into something else.”
It doesn’t border on idiotic, it’s way beyond that.
Even by the low standards of Congress, Loretta Sanchez’s performance ranks as a disgrace. The Democrat from California managed — in just a few minutes — to turn the congressional investigation of the marathon terror bombings into a political hatchet job, while demonstrating her complete ignorance of basic facts of the case.
Sanchez somehow butchered the names of the alleged terror bombers not once, but three times, calling the Tsarnaev brothers “Tsarnavar,” then “Tsarnev,” and finally “Tsarnov.”
“There are still unanswered questions about the Tsarnavar brothers,” the tongue-tied congresswoman said. Yes, like, how to pronounce the names of the terrorists. Sorry, alleged terrorists.
Even worse, Sanchez didn’t seem to know that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is the one facing trial, and that his older brother Tamerlan — or “Tamarind” as Sanchez called him — is the one killed during their attempted escape.
Sanchez also flubbed the names of the Watertown police chief who was testifying, and generally sounded like an idiot.
“Resilience and response are two of the reasons why, almost a year ago, the Boston metropolitan area, why, almost a year from ago, the Boston metropolitan area remains strong,” Sanchez said.
This from a genius who is the second-ranking Democrat on the House Homeland Security Committee, or as she calls herself on her website, “the most senior female member” of the committee. Never hurts to throw in a plug for your gender.
Because nobody would know she’s a woman and there’s a war on them, or something.