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Heated Exchange During House Natural Resources Committee Hearing (with video)

November 23, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

I sort of enjoy watching politicians get in cat fights.  Especially when a non-politician puts one in his place.  If you’re like me, you enjoyed this exchange from a recent House Natural Resources Committee hearing.

The combatants: Rep. Don Young from Alaska (who is a member of the committee) and Douglas Brinkley (a historian who was testifying about drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge).

Young teed it off by calling the hearing itself “an exercise in futility” and Brinkley’s testimony “garbage”.  Young then referred to Brinkley by the wrong name.  Brinkley wasn’t having any of it and the gloves came off.

Personally, I think Rep. Young was asking for it.  You start off by insulting the guy who’s testifying and then call him the wrong name.  What do you think’s going to happen?  The whole “you just be quiet” response seemed like more of a save-face move than anything.

Good for Brinkley for standing up for himself.  Sounds like these guys had it coming.

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