When egos collide: Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) gets into a pissing match with noted author and historian Douglas Brinkley…at a congressional hearing about drilling in the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge.
Young — who is currently the target of an ethics investigation, again — has a bit of a reputation on the Hill as a pro-corporate, pork-loving lefty-hater:
He was instrumental in the “Bridge to Nowhere.”
Rolling Stone quoted him as saying “Environmentalists are a self-centered bunch of waffle-stomping, Harvard-graduating, intellectual idiots” who “are not Americans, never have been Americans, never will be Americans.”
He downplayed the BP spill by saying that “oil has seeped into this ocean for centuries, will continue to do it…”
When his party asked him to forgo some earmarks so the money could be used to rebuild New Orleans, he reportedly said that Katrina victims “can kiss my ear!”
So we probably shouldn’t be surprised that he hated on a college professor who might actually know something about something.
When a Republican congressman described late-term abortions in detail today, trying to drum up support for their defunding of Planned Parenthood, Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) responded with an impassioned, personal story. Take three minutes to watch a moving “Ms. Smith Goes to Washington” moment.