Michigan House Speaker Jase Bolger had a rough week in the media, but few could argue that he didn’t have it coming. The deluge of bad legislation that’s occurred under his leadership has inflamed Democrats, Independents and moderate Republicans alike.
It was high time for a public dressing-down of the man…
- Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, a Republican, called Bolger “Adolf Bolger” in a Michigan Public Radio interview last Friday.
- House Democratic Leader Tim Greimel announced he would not “negotiate with terrorists” referring to House Republicans, in the wake of Bolger suspending House Democrats from various Committees in an open act of vengeance against Greimel.
- The Detroit Free Press excoriated Bolger over his poor leadership and strict Tea Party agenda.
There’s more than a little ironic humor in the resulting political exchange though.
The situation reached a comic level not because Bolger was likened to Hitler and a terrorist, but because Republicans were clutching their pearls and crying foul over the slurs. Seriously? Have they not heard themselves over the past four-plus years? Where has their moral outrage been?
More irony? Indeed, read on….
Governor Snyder felt it was time for him to step-in and call for some “civility”. He is quoted in MLive saying the following:
“Personal attacks and remarks that aren’t constructive or respectful of others only divert attention from the ultimate goal, which is serving the 10 million people of the state of Michigan. Michigan can show the rest of the country how to restore respect and civility to the political process. All it takes is a commitment from each and every public official in the state to be a true leader and follow the rules of respect and civility at all times.”
Really Rick, is that what you’re saying? Where was the outrage and call for civility when former lawmaker Rep. Dave Agema made all those homophobic hateful remarks?
Gov. Snyder, Michigan’s Great Equivocator, said that he’s “not going to get in the middle of all that” when asked whether Agema should resign from his post as Michigan’s representative to the Republican National Committee in the wake of his bigoted homophobic Facebook page post: “Everyone Should Know These Statistics on Homosexuals”.
We don’t dare ask the governor his opinion on the expanded grand jury inquiry into Bolger’s alleged masterminding of the election scandal in which 22 year-old Matt Mojzak was financially induced to run as a fake Democratic candidate against incumbent Democrat Rep. Roy Schmidt, who subsequently changed parties after his victory.
Amy Kerr Hardin
(This story was corrected 5-6-13, L. Brooks Patterson said “Adolf Bolger” , not “Adolf Hitler” as originally reported).