“Rachel Maddow stuns Representative Aaron Schock by calling out his spending hypocrisy.”
Well, that’s the way it was presented on Huffington Post.
When the fact is he got the last word. Here’s the entire exchange:
MS. MADDOW: …just this week you were at a community college touting a $350,000 green technology education program, talking about how great that was going to be for your district. You voted against the bill that created that grant. And so that’s happening a lot with Republicans sort of taking credit for things that Democratic bills do, and then Republicans simultaneously touting their votes against them and trashing them. That’s, I think, a, a, a problem that needs to be resolved within, within your caucus, because, I mean, you seem like a very nice person, but that’s very hypocritical stance to take.
REP. SCHOCK: Well, Rachel, with all due respect, I can assure you Republicans were not consulted on the stimulus bill. That bill was filed at 11 PM the night before the 10:30 AM we began debating it. None of our amendments were considered. There was no debate and no bipartisanship on that bill.
MS. MADDOW: How about the…(unintelligible)?
MR. GREGORY: But to Rachel’s point, does that mean that you will not accept any federal money that comes the way of your district?
REP. SCHOCK: No. I think that argument that liberals are making is absolutely ridiculous. With all due respect, Rachel, does that mean you’re going to give back your Bush tax cuts that you continue to rail against? The fact of the matter is our country operates and govern by a majority. And I, along with almost all of my Republican colleagues and a good number of Democrats, have voted against the stimulus, the omnibus, all of this runaway spending. But we’ve lost those battles in the House. And at the end of the day, my constituents…
I guess it’s all in how you look at it, but it a ridiculous argument they are making.
Looks like he got the last, best word in that exchange.
This is just a perfect example of how misleading reports can be. I did not see the Meet the Press program, so I had no idea what was on it. And today I read the headline on Huffington Post that is above of how Rachel “called out his spending hypocrisy.” So from that, since I did not read the article at the time, I was left with the impression she had one-upped him. Only after reading the entire exchange later did I realize that he got the best of her.
I thought his answer was excellent. Did she return the Bush tax cuts even though she did not necessarily agree with them? Of course she didn’t.