Douglas Corrigan became a legendary aviator, not because of his accomplishments as a pilot but rather because of a supposed navigational error. In 1938, Corrigan "mistakenly" flew from New York to Ireland--when he was supposed to be flying from New York to California--because he seemingly misread his compass. For Americans, who were caught in the midst of the Great Depression, Corrigan's antic provided a great deal of humor and uplift and he became a national folk hero. To this day, Corrigan's nickname, "'Wrong Way' Corrigan," remains a stock colloquial phrase in popular culture. People use it to describe anyone who blunders and goes the wrong way, particularly in sporting events."Anyone who blunders and goes the wrong."
But not just in sports.
It applies to politics as well.
Congressman Rick Boucher (D-Sierra Club), in an effort to mollify his party bosses and the environmentalist left that leads him around by the nose, sold out his most loyal constituency in Virginia's Buchanan, Dickenson, Wise, and Tazewell Counties when he signed on to that abominable global warming bill that all the liberals in Washington are drooling over. He decided it was in his best interest to risk alienating his base, rather than risk the wrath of the powerful and connected.
His soul he thus sold to the devil.
As it turns out, ol' Wrong Way Rick, had he kept his powder dry, his mouth shut, and his spine erect, didn't need to sacrifice himself for his D.C. buddies after all. It now appears that the legislation he put a french kiss to is going down in flames.
And, irony of ironies, it's other Democrats in Congress, they of the masculine wing of the party, that are killing Boucher's awful, awful bill:
Dem mutiny on climate bill grows, says PetersonSo what price will Rick Boucher pay for his having betrayed the people of Southwest Virginia, only to have his betrayal betrayed by members of his own party?
By Jared Allen, The Hill
More and more Democrats are ready to vote against Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s climate change bill, according to a congressional committee chairman who opposes his leader.
The House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) said Wednesday that he’s at an impasse with the lead sponsor of a climate change bill strongly backed by Pelosi (D-Calif.), and that his list of Democratic members who would join him in voting against the measure is growing rather than shrinking.
Peterson has warned that the bill put together by Waxman and Energy and Environment subcommittee Chairman Edward Markey (D-Mass.) will fail if agriculture-related provisions aren’t altered, and he’s said he has as many as 45 votes on his side. That number of Democratic defections would certainly doom the prospects of passing the bill in the House.
And while the Agriculture chairman said he’s working to resolve those differences and not intentionally trying to torpedo the legislation, he noted that skepticism toward the bill is growing, not shrinking.
“I’m just estimating the number of votes that will be against this,” Peterson said. “I suspect that the list has grown as more members have gotten a chance to look at this.” [link]
I don't know.
I can only wish ...