Woe Unto You Gary Odom, Ye HypocriteHow dare Brian Kelsey do what people in Nashville do all the time-how dare he raise the notion that he should be granted some committee Chairmanship in return for keeping quiet about the underhanded way in which Kent Williams became Speaker of the House. Democrats and Naifehcans engage in this kind of behavior all the time. "I'll give you a Chairmanship in return for your vote for Speaker (or vice versa)," or "you will get the committee you want if you just be quiet." It is more common than pigeon turds for those kinds of bargains to be struck on the Hill.
When the right people do it, it is normal procedure. Brian Kelsey isn't allowed in on the bargaining, as he is a conservative. Now House Democratic Leader Gary Odom is calling on Kelsey to resign. Really? Is this the same Odom that made his way up to Carter County on Tanksgiving to bargain with Kent Williams about being Speaker of the House? I wonder if it is the selfsame Gary Odom who has served as the Executive Director of the Tennessee Optometric Association, which employs lobbyists on the Hill (what conflict of interest)? Since Gary Odom is now so big on purity of ethics, because of these backroom dealings and conflicts of interest, I call on Gary Odom to resign. Oh, I forgot, Odom's standards do not apply to himself or other Democrats, only to conservative Republicans, hence Odom will go nowhere-but we should all demand that Brian Kelsey should resign for asking for a Chairmanship...
Blind guides, who strain out a gnat, and swallow a camel. Woe to you scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites; because you make clean the outside of the cup and of the dish, but within you are full of rapine and uncleanness.
Thou blind Pharisee, first make clean the inside of the cup and of the dish, that the outside may become clean. Woe to you scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites; because you are like to whited sepulchres, which outwardly appear to men beautiful, but within are full of dead men's bones, and of all filthiness. So you also outwardly indeed appear to men just; but inwardly you are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.
The words of Our Lord to the Pharisees also accurately reflect the mentality of the Tennessee House Democratic Caucus, an entity filled daily with its own self-righteous bullhockey about rising above partisanship and forming coalitions, but inwardly it is filled with partisan rancor and will do anything to maintain control, even after losing an election.
If a Democrat sent such a text message, it would be shrugged off at least and complied with at most. Brian Kelsey can't bargain for himself, though, as he isn't part of the club.
I'll make a prediction: Brian Kelsey isn't going away. If he should choose to run for the House again in 2010, he will be re-elected, and that means that our Democratic friends had better get used to dealing with Brian Kelsey as part of the expanding Republican majority.