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January 28, 2010 By Bob Neer 6 Comments
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May not agree on everything, but I’m not sure that’s the point. I have nothing but respect for him. He’s a great guy.
This is political expediency in one of it’s worst forms. The faux outrage of a congressman who just saw frustrated citizens in his state elect a populist Republican. This was just pure theater dumping on a intelligent and skilled public servant who was doing the right thing regardless of how unpopular it was. The guy’s a jerk in my book.
If only he would now take a stand for health care reform.
p>I have been unimpressed with my Congressman.
Better from Lynch than I’ve seen in a while. Then again, talk is cheap.
p>I still maintain that 9th Mass. could get someone with this kind of backbone who would be progressive on non-economic issues.
Too often it seems that Congressmen and Senators use these C-Span hearing to put on a big populist show, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing but their desire to be reelected.
As you point out, however, it’s only a show. Empty words.
The real test of tough-talkers like Steve Lynch, Mike Capuano, and Barney Frank is what they actually do, behind the scenes and publicly, to push for real financial reform. And I’m not sure if they’re doing enough, or indeed if they’re really doing anything.
One can easily imagine all these “mad-as-hell” Congressmen going out for beers with Geithner and some of the luckier AIG execs after the hearing, congratulating one another on academy-award-caliber performances.
I have seen nothing but simpering spinelessness from Lynch as far as health care reform goes. All the progressives I know in his district hate him.