If I saw this in a movie I would call the development cynical and farfetched, but more representatives are inveighing against John McCain for helping to bust Boeing on its corrupt defense contracting practices. As you'll recall from my post yesterday, as a result of the exposure of that corruption an Air Force tanker deal with Boeing was revoked, and when the deal was put up for bid again a rival consortium won the contract. Aside from Speaker Pelosi's view, here are some more reactions:
- "I hope the voters of this state remember what John McCain has done to them and their jobs." --Rep. Norm Dicks (D-Washington).
- "Having made sure that Iraq gets new schools, roads, bridges and dams that we deny America, now we are making sure that France gets the jobs that Americans used to have. We are sending the jobs overseas, all because John McCain demanded it." --Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Illinois).
- "John McCain will be the nominee and I will support him, but if John McCain believes that Airbus or EADS is the company for our Air Force tanker program he's flat-out wrong - and I'll tell him that to his face." -- Rep. Dave Reichert (R-Washington).
- "I think we absolutely will hear more about it. We'll hear it mostly from the Democrats and they have every right to be concerned." Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R-Kansas).
If you read the AP story these quotes were taken from, it points out that all of those quoted represent districts that would have gained jobs had Boeing's corruption gone undiscovered. No doubt many more legislators would be expressing similar views if the projected impact were more widespread.