News Footnote on Rep. Brian Baird in Vancouver
posted by August 28 at 13:40 PMon
I’ll have a full report about Rep. Brian Baird’s showdown with his constituents in Vancouver last night in tomorrow’s paper.
There was one moment from last night, though, that I couldn’t fit into the story. Right after Baird gave his opening remarks, the “Impeach Bush” crowd hijacked the meeting for about 20 minutes. I’m being derisive because the impeachment discussion played out as a sanctimonious attack on Baird that had little to do with the legitimate discussion Baird had laid out about Iraq policy.
(Regarding impeachment, Baird did say the votes weren’t there. And in a bit of a Catch-22, he ultimately dodged a shout from the audience asking if he would vote for impeachment by saying he couldn’t answer because there has been no impeachment trial yet.)
As much as I thought the impeachment talk was boring chest-thumping, it did provide the best one-liner of the night. Frazzled as the audience continued to push him on impeachment, Baird asked one outspoken audience member, “And what would your grounds for impeachment be?”
With perfect comic timing, the man paused, leaned into the mike, and said casually: “Um… lying?”
That brought the house down.