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Saturday, October 29, 2005

Denny's got a blog

House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Illinois) has started a weblog.

I'm guessing he probably dictates the entries to a staffer, who then transcribes them. The first staffer probably passes the typed entry to another staffer, who then distributes the entry to a committee of staffers, who collectively rub their chins (not necessarily their own chins :wink:) while thinking, "I hope we don't regret this." The second staffer then.... Well, never mind all that. It doesn't matter as long as the content comes from Denny's own original thoughts.

Let's see what he has to say in his first entry from last Thursday morning. There are a lot of different topics covered:

[...] I hope this gives you some inside access to the Republican playbook.

Yeah? Finally. Can't wait. Bring it on.

There have been reports that paying for Hurricane Katrina may cost upwards of $250 billion. I can assure you that we're not going to spend $250 billion - it's not going to cost that much....

That, Mr. Speaker, is breaking news. We bloggers love it when one of our own let's the world in on some previously unknown fact.

Regarding the Alaska pipeline as one solution to oil and gas prices:

[...] Conoco Phillips has reached an agreement with the state of Alaska on the pipeline. Exxon Mobil and BP need to do the same. These companies need to invest in America's energy infrastructure and resources. Until they do, we're going to be asking some tough questions.

Mr. Speaker, bloggers are always asking tough questions. You may find you like yourself better as a blogger than a legislator.

Now, let's see what questions he has in his second entry from the next day. Oh, bummer. It looks like Mr. Speaker got bored with the whole blogging thing already. It happens. He turned it over to a staffer who quotes an article from a news service about the economy.

Standing by.

Posted by Marie at October 29, 2005 8:47 PM


why bother with hastert's "blog" when another illinois politician is producing an excellent weekly podcast? barack obama is the perfect antidote to this contrived attempt at accessibility.


Posted by: jason at October 29, 2005 9:57 PM

It may be contrived. But, I think there's a lot of value in reading or listening to people you don't necessarily admire or agree with.

Posted by: Marie at October 29, 2005 11:26 PM