Congress is kind of like the written word: It works best when transparent. Getting noticed is having failed.
These days, a lot of names in Congress have migrated to the lips of the general public, and Pete Sessions’ name is the latest one making the rounds. If that name rings a certain iron bell, it may be because we reported on Sessions’ role in Eric Cantor’s Koch-funded coup of the House, via the Rules Committee that he runs.
On October 20th, Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) made news when he post this on his Facebook page:
“Many Republicans searching for something to say in defense of the disastrous shutdown strategy will say President Obama just doesn’t try hard enough to communicate with Republicans. But in a “negotiation” meeting with the president, one GOP House Leader told the president: “I cannot even stand to look at you.” What are the chances of an honest conversation with someone who has just said something so disrespectful?”
For the last few days, the rumor mill’s been churning, with the public demanding to know who was behind this comment to the President. As two senators reported to the Huffington Post, Senate House Majority Leader Harry Reid spilled the beans at a Democratic caucus a few days ago.
We’re not saying, but his name rhymes with “Pete Sessions.”
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney dismissed the entire story:
“I looked into this and spoke with somebody who was in that meeting and it did not happen.”
Pete Sessions’ soul sister John Boehner sent her attack dog Brendan Buck after Durbin, demanding an apology:
“Senator Durbin’s accusation is a serious one, and it appears to have been invented out of thin air. The senator should disclose who told him this account of events, retract his reckless allegation immediately, and apologize.”
Durbin gave pretty much the same answer to Buck that Obama did to Boehner last week. It was written between his ring and index fingers.
Did Sessions say what Reid said he did? Probably. He’s been sucking on some sour grapes since his coup failed, and his Koch masters are undoubtedly making his life difficult. Because of Sessions’ failure, the Kochs aren’t getting the Keystone XL pipeline that the Republicans sneakily included as a prerequisite in their list of demands for reopening the government. Obama’s face must be haunting Sessions’ dreams at this point.
No wonder he doesn’t want to look.