Friday, July 18, 2008

Lynn Jenkins Duck Questions, Gets Left at the Alter

As we posted earlier this week, Lynn Jenkins had a swanky fundraiser hosted by Frm. Governor and Chair of the Environmental Protection Agency in New York City on Monday.

Whitman never showed up.

But, in addition to that embarrassing little snafu, our in-over-her-head state treasurer got caught with her britches down when confronted by people asking for her to respond to Whitman's erroneous claims the air was safe to breathe in Manhattan after the World Trade Center towers collapsed on September 11.

And we even have video!

Now, hold on rabid Republicans- before you post that lovely YouTube video of Congresswoman Nancy Boyda not responding to a man with a camera asking her to answer questions she has already answered- this is a different animal: Jenkins has never publicly said anything on this issue and, indeed, the people have the right to know what she believes.

Why didn't Lynn give these fellas an answer? Because she hasn't any idea what they're even talking about.

And that's a shame.


Anonymous said...

These people are crazies who think that 9/11 was a conspiracy by the government.

C'mon, BB, even you aren't that liberal.

Jenkins was smart not to answer.

Anonymous said...

Umm if Lynn Jenkins has people who think 9/11 is some sort of grand government conspiracy as enemies, I think she's doing something right. What's next, she's going to be attached by Holocaust deniers?

Jeff Black said...

Why does someone who wants to represent Kansans need to make a comment on this to reactionary activists trying to get a youtube moment?

If they want a new investigation opened, instead of ambushing people to feel special, why don't they go to THEIR congressman with the issue. If their congressman is unresponsive, help with a grassroots effort to throw him/her out. If they sent a letter to Nancy, protocol would dictate it would be forwarded to THEIR congressman with no action. You see where I'm going.

If their congressman decides to act I would encourage Boyda to support it, but it isn't the call of a Kansas representative which is why I would imagine Nancy isn't leading the charge now. Nancy's silence is shameful by your inference to this video. She's a federal elected official who must be in on the cover up. Which of course is completely asinine.

And sorry, I'm going to have to bring up Nancy's video. It's valid to since she changes her positions more often than, well you fill in the blank. You could put a video camera in her face twice a day and get three different answers to the same question. She didn't stay quiet because she had already spoke to the issue, she didn't remember what she said the last time and didn't want to get caught.

I believe it's the smartest thing she's done as a congresswoman.

Jeff Black said...

Wow. I didn't realize how moonbat crazy these folks actually are.

I wasn't going to look at their site, but yikes. I may have to start commenting on TKR from now on if BB is actually saying these people are credible.

I liked their Blackwater piece, it screamed sanity.

Anonymous said...

the problem here is that Whitman really did say the air was safe, and it actually wasn't. you don't have to like these particularly messengers, but their message isn't wrong.

jenkins is the one who accepted Whitman's help- so it's completely fair to ask her why she supports a women who put people in danger.

Anonymous said...

awesome job, republicans- you don't like the content of the message, so you attack the, so typical.

understand this: whitman failed as EPA director, she put people at risk, and now she's helping lynn jenkins raise money.

oh, wait...she actually didn't even show to help lynn raise money.

Anonymous said...

Jeff- you do realize that since Boyda's been in office, her positions have remained almost totally static.

just because you don't like the fact you got your ass kicked in 2006 doesn't mean Boyda's being disingenuous today.

Please, if you disagree- find me instances where Boyda explained the "general incident" in more than one way. Please. Quotes from Boyda explaining it differently.

oh, wait, you can't.

Jeff Black said...

Please reread. I didn't say that she has switched positions on why she walked out on Keene. She has never really explained past the lie she inferred when she came back into the room because she knew it would be on the record (saying: "like many of us, there was only so much you could take before we had to leave the room"). She was the only one who walked out.

As I said before, she was smart not to say anything. She didn't have a talking point rattling around her head so she remained silent. As much as she tries to be a sound bite queen that's the only rational explanation for her silence.

If you want to take the "since she took office approach" you would be mostly right. It just concerns me when a candidate plays the ultimate shell game with her positions (read say anything to get elected) and is elected in part because she promised to end funding of the Iraq war and one day after being sworn in has this to say on national tv:

Gibson: Would you vote in favor of money to support another 20,000 to 40,000 troops in Iraq?

Boyda: I think we're going to vote to support what the commander in chief and head of military asks to do. At least, I am certainly going to vote to support it.

Gibson: If he wants the surge, he'll get it.

Boyda: Yes.... He is the commander in chief, Charlie. We don't get that choice. Congress doesn't make that decision.

Gibson: But the polls would indicate, and indeed, so many voters when they came out of the ballot box, said, "We're voting because we want something done about the war and we want the troops home."

Boyda: They should have thought about that before they voted for President Bush not once, but twice.

If I was her supporters I would be as pissed off as the people who helped get her elected and then protested against her in Lawrence.

I'm not sure 3 or 4 points is an ass kicking, but you're entitled to your opinion. I just don't remember my name being on the ballot. If you wrote my name in thank you, and if that is case, yes I did get my ass kicked.

Kevin said...

This whole trend of accosting politicians on the street and demanding immediate answers is disingenuous and harmful to a meaningful debate. I applaud those who refuse to state their positions on subjects with which they are unfamiliar - anything else is bound to make them look stupid anyway. Politicians should be encouraged to thoughtfully consider an issue before responding.

So the only thing this video shows is that Jenkins is not familiar with the controversies of every person who contributes to or raises money for her campaign. Is she expected to do a full background check on every person that writes her a check?

Sorry, BB, I love your site and the hard work you're doing to help Boyda, who is a great representative for the people of Kansas, but you've got this all wrong.

Anonymous said... Jim Ryun ad is out.

Anonymous said...

Does this mean that Nancy Boyda will answer questions about statements made by people who have raised money for her?

Anonymous said...

new Ryun ad...boyda bloc where is it?

Boyda Bloc said...

We'll be happy to post it the very second it's on the internet :-)

Anonymous said...

ok two things...have not seen the Ryun ad, but BB I think that it is a little far out there to post that video. I mean come on the first responders knew the air at the world trade site could not be safe if they could not see through it. THAT is just common sense, and attacking Jenkins is for that even a little radical for this site.

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