The latest exhibit of how badly members of Congress want this month of hell, known as the August Summer Recess, comes right out of Kansas.
A home video from August 19, shows the freshman Lynn Jenkins at one her meetings with citizens talking about Republican politics of the future.
“The Republicans are struggling right now to find that great white hope”. That’s the sentence that has Jenkins on too many web sites to count.
No doubt, poor choice of words given the who is the President.
Some will even believe Jenkins’ claim she had no idea the phrase has it’s orign as a racist slogan.
It describes the search for a white challenger to first black heavyweight champ, Jack Johnson. It was even the nickname for a fighter by the name of Jim Jefferies. Jackson knocked him out in a prize fight on the Fourth of July 1910.
But in Ottawa, Ks. Thursday afternoon she held another town hall meeting. Cameras from KMBC and WDAF were there to greet her. Jenkins tried to blow by the camera crew cliaming she was late for the meeting. She was late. By all of about 5 minutes.
She then came back to her senses and stopped for what TV folks refer as “a stop and pop’. A couple quick questions, quick answers and move on.
Had Jenkins not stopped, Kansas City news would have been filled with the video of her walking brusquely by and not explaining what she said, and the fact that she didn’t know the phrase was racially loaded.
As they say the story would have legs and live for another day. Now it’s probably over.
Here’s another exhibit that Thursday was not her day. Jenkins launched into a standard summary of what she thought of her first months in Congress. “A baptism by fire”, is what she called it.
She got through a couple of minutes of that before a a guy stood up and told her, that Ma’am, respectfully, we came here to talk health care. Jenkins says she’d take questions but this was a wide ranging meeting, not just for one topic. Then folks started waving flyers saying this was billed this as a health care forum.