Friday, February 5, 2010

Douchebag of the Week: Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL)

Richard Shelby, Senator from the great state of Alabama, is a flaming douchebag. He refuses to vote on Obama's presidential appointments until his home state receives billions of dollars in pork.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said Shelby's move is holding up about 70 appointments, including a critical top Defense Department position overseeing deployments to the war in Afghanistan.

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky offered little defense, saying Thursday that he didn't know much about Shelby's concerns and that he would try to hash them out "sooner rather than later."

Senators frequently block individual appointments, but Shelby's blanket hold is unusual. His spokesman issued a statement about the holds Friday, citing concerns about a contract for an Air Force refueling tanker that could be built in Alabama and a new FBI explosives center that Shelby wants built there. Shelby argues the projects are critical national security priorities.

The value of the Air Force contract could reach $35 billion, plus $45 million for an FBI research facility in his home state.

Shelby argues the projects are critical for our national security. Democrats have shot back, claiming 'There are empty chairs at the Pentagon.'

Democrats are scrambling to not screw this up. Shelby's claims of fiscal conservativism leave him and the GOP wide open to justifiable criticism, exposing his intense hypocrisy, and expose him for the enormous douchebag that he is.

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