CommunityFDL Main Blog

Whew, What a Relief…


The long, dark days are over.  We can, at long last…call them french fries again.

The fries on Capitol Hill are French again.

So is the breakfast toast in the congressional cafeterias, with both fries and toast having been liberated from the appellation "freedom."

Three years after House Republicans trumpeted the new names to get back at the French for snubbing the coalition of the willing in Iraq, congressmen don’t even want to talk about french fries, which are actually native to Belgium, and toast.

Neither Reps. Bob Ney of Ohio nor Walter B. Jones of North Carolina, the authors of the culinary rebuke, were willing this week to say who led the retreat, as it were, from the frying pan. But retreat there has been, as a casual observer can see for himself in the House’s basement cafeterias.

When you read the article, be sure to note how the Republican leadership are all pointing fingers at each other to assess blame for the name change.  Mature…really mature.  (More from Steve guest posting at C&L.)

Yep. Your Republican Congress hard at work on issues that are important to you.  Yes, that’s right folks — something on Iraq or the other foreign policy debacles?  Nada.  Solving the nation’s current energy crunch, including the rapidly rising cost of fuel and electricity and our outdated energy infrastructure which is stretched beyond capacity in today’s heat wave?  Zip.  How’s it going on the Gulf Coast and in Florida where they are still rebuilding after two straight years of devastating hurricanes, with another one headed inland as I type — and not enough national guard and reservese to go around in case there is another catastrophe?  Zilch.  Budget deficit?  Nothing on that either

"Now that they’ve changed the name of the french fries back, maybe they will admit their other foreign policy mistakes were wrong, too," said Brendan Daly, a spokesman for Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California, the House minority leader.

Not betting on it.  Had enough?

Previous post

About that WalMart PAC Money...

Next post

Judy's Call Data Versus My Call Data

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

Email: reddhedd AT firedoglake DOT com