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Sunday, March 12, 2006

Peter King May Find A Horse Head In His Bed

Republican Congressman Peter King received very favorable press from the NYT, being dubbed a "maverick", their term for a Republican who pushes for a policy that the Democrats approve.

King as the chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security led the opposition to the AUE take-over of the management of many US ports. King did not just demand investigation of the security risks in the sale but ignored most explanations put forth by the administration that security would remain the responsibility of the US through the Coast Guard.

The NYT also hails King for:

help[ing] steer his Republican colleagues toward safer political waters on an issue that could have haunted them in the fall elections.

Democrats also believe King's action were politically astute.

"He saved them," said Representative Joseph Crowley, Democrat of New York.

Whenever you get kudos and advice from consistent losers, beware.

And anyone familiar with the Godfather movies should think about the following proof of Bush's magnanimity towards King:

Any tension between the men appeared to have broken during a curious encounter Mr. King had at the White House, where he happened to be attending a bill-signing ceremony on Thursday, just as word spread that the port deal had collapsed.

Mr. Bush, after entering the room, went over to Mr. King, pinched his cheek (after faking a punch) and declared, "Good work," before walking away.

King should avoid going fishing with GW---ever.

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