Partial transcript:(and more details at the link)
CONSTITUENT: Can you address Benghazi? What are you going to do about Benghazi? Why isn’t Benghazi at the top of your issue?
REP. KUSTER: Well, I’m certainly not here to talk about it. We’re here to talk about the Middle East.
CONSTITUENT: That is the Middle East!
CONSTITUENT #2: Libya is like right in the middle of the Middle East.
CONSTITUENT: Benghazi is the Middle East!
But you really need to watch it to hear her uncertainty when she reads Benghazi- it’s like she never even heard the word before. She also says there is no issue before the House about Benghazi, that’s entirely a Senate matter- which is also false. To be specific, she actually identifies and I am quoting: “HOUSE resolution 36″ as a Senate matter!
And you need to hear how she never does answer the question but is relieved from having to speak to her constituents about the matters that concern them by a handler, who somehow feels it was unkind for said constituents to correct her condescending, patronizing brushing off of her constituents by pointing out to her that would include Benghazi. Nobody was rude to her. It’s true that several responded at once, and there was certainly some disbelief in their tone, but it wasn’t rude.
Benghazi, for the record is in Libya, right next to Egypt, which is also in northern Africa in case you didn’t have my mother for fourth grade Sunday School class. It’s definitely part of the region we have been calling the Middle East for decades.
This is one of the worst moments for a sitting Congress critter I have ever seen. It rivals the politician (Johnson) who was worried about the possibility of the island of Guam capsizing if there were too many people on it. Steyn calls Democrat Ann Kuster a ‘low information Congresswoman., and that is incredibly kind of him.
I am a cynic, but I am not a cruel person. I would feel sorry for Ann Kuster if she were my neighbor, somebody in the audience at the local city council meeting, a cashier at a grocery store. But she’s not. She is a sitting Congresswoman who votes on ways and means to control our lives, and she believes she is entitled to do that. She is a person we pay 174,000 dollars a year to vote on matters affecting America’s relations with the Middle East. She makes decisions that directly affect our lives. She is a poster child for much that is wrong with the political class.
Follow up from Mark Steyn on her office staff’s attempts to save this mess for Kuster.
Now that she’s safely back in her congressional cocoon the low-information congresswoman has issued a statement. When I say “she’s issued a statement,” what I mean is that whatever salaried handler is responsible for damage control has written a statement and typed Representative Kuster’s name on the bottom of it. It reads:
Like all Americans, I was horrified by the tragic attack on our Embassy in Benghazi that killed four patriotic Americans. Our focus must remain on finding those responsible, bringing them to justice, and taking every necessary step to prevent an attack like this from ever happening again.
So whichever twerp is responsible for putting those words in Ms Kuster’s guppy-like mouth is now piling on lame boilerplate insincerity to pitiful ignorance.
It is no longer a ‘representative’ government if (quoting verbatim from Common Sense) the ELECTED
“form to themselves an interest separate from the ELECTORS, prudence will point out the propriety of having elections often; because as the ELECTED might by that means return and mix again with the general body of the ELECTORS in a few months, their fidelity to the public will be secured by the prudent reflection of not making a rod for themselves. And as this frequent interchange will establish a common interest with every part of the community, they will mutually and naturally support each other…”
Our ELECTED have long since formed an interest to themselves separate from the ELECTORS, namely, getting reelected and solidifying their own power and perks.
Men who look upon themselves born to reign, and others to obey, soon grow insolent; selected from the rest of mankind their minds are early poisoned by importance; and the world they act in differs so materially from the world at large, that they have but little opportunity of knowing its true interests, and when they succeed to the government are frequently the most ignorant and unfit of any throughout the dominions.
Bringing up and adapting from the comments:
According to one of the links in the post, in 2011, she was calling Libya the middle east (or more likely, one of her staffers was doing so and she was just quoting a staff-written cheat sheet). http://www.redstate.com/2013/12/09/ann-mclane-kuster-libya-middle-east-ignorant-democrat/
Did you listen to her reading the question? She doesn’t sound like she’s even remotely familiar with the word ‘Benghazi.’
She thinks a “House resolution” is a senate matter, and she’s a sitting Congresswoman. House resolutions come from the House, that is, Congress. If it had been a Senate matter, then it wouldn’t be called a House resolution, it would be called a Senate resolution. I understand that ordinary citizens who aren’t that interested in politics don’t necessarily know this. But is she an ordinary citizen with no interest in politics? Nope. She is a sitting Congresswoman who is so interested in politics she ran for office and now serves as a woman holding that office in the most powerful nation in the world and as such, she wields quite a lot of power and control and she really ought to know this. Not to mention, she had no business being that snotty and condescending with her own constituents.
She is a Congresswoman. Four Americans died in Beghazi attacks. There are have been hearings and calls for investigations. She really has no business not being more familiar with the area.
It’s not really that debatable that it’s part of the middle east: “The Eisenhower Doctrine, a 1957 foreign policy of the United States government, was the first to officially use the term Middle East. Secretary of State John Foster Dulles defined the Middle East as “the area lying between and including Libya on the west and Pakistan on the east, Syria and Iraq on the North and the Arabian peninsula to the south, plus the Sudan and Ethiopia.”
The fact that an ordinary citizen doesn’t know where it is does not really give her a pass. She’s not an ordinary citizen. She’s a Congresswoman who VOTES on whether or not to demand an investigation, who should have been present at hearings, who should be briefed on the issues, and who has the power to meddle deeply in our lives.