Ray LaHood, tapped by President Obama for Secretary of Transportation, 2007 recipient of a 0% rating for pork spending and an 11% rating for government waste, wants to tout his conservative credentials in the Chicago Tribune:
I’ve been a Republican all my life, when I served in the Illinois legislature, when I worked for members of Congress and when I served in Congress. During the 2008 presidential election, I supported Republican Sen. John McCain. I have always been — and still am — a fiscal conservative, an advocate for a smart, but restrained, government.
Noticeably, LaHood says “smart” not “small” government. I’ve never seen a good example of “restrained” government so I’m not sure what he’s talking about there. And then the former congressman goes on to say this:
If I were still a member of Congress, I would proudly vote for the bill that President Barack Obama is championing and I would urge my colleagues to do the same…
My response? It’s a good damn thing you aren’t, you RINO jackass.
Eric Zimmermann at The Hill adds:
Obviously, LaHood’s position [as Transportation Secretary] isn’t directly related to healthcare. But LaHood is a former Republican congressman, and the administration is probably hoping his imprimatur will lend a sheen of bipartisanship to the bill.
I’m not certain that the “sheen of bipartisanship” can be seen through the layer of B.S.