Methinks Rick Goddard should invest in a new Magic 8 ball, preferably one that gives out more answers than just “Go For It!” 437 days (10,488 hours) or so out from his 2008 matchup with Rep. Jim Marshall (D – 8th), Goddard should be backing away from his moronic criticism of Marshall’s fact finding mission to Afghanistan (where he was embedded on the front lines with our brave men and women). But instead he seems to be digging a deeper hole for himself.
Goddard’s ridiculous claim is that because Marshall was in Afghanistan and not on the House floor when the Farm Bill was voted on, Georgia’s farmers somehow lost out. First of all, I think most residents of the 8th district are pleased that they have a member in Congress that has been waiting for four years to visit with our troops on the front lines in the war on terror and don’t mind that he missed a few votes where his vote wasn’t even needed.
But more importantly, they’ve got to be thrilled that their member of Congress serves on the Agriculture Committee, where the real action on the farm bill takes place. If Goddard is reading, I’ll give him a free lesson on how Congress works. Bills are introduced and then go through various committees of relevance. The farm bill, being about agriculture, goes to the Ag Committee, where it is rewritten by the members of the committee. After that, it goes to the floor where it gets an up or down vote. For the past year, the Ag Committee has been altering this bill to get it to where it is now, and since Jim Marshall serves on that committee, he’s had greater influence on this bill than all but a handful of the other 435 Congressmen.
Just thinking about this, it’s really hard to dumb it down any further for someone like Goddard. Presumably Goddard wants there to be a farm bill and guess what — it passed the House! He doesn’t even appear to have any criticisms of the bill save for Marshall’s absence during the vote. He seems to be saying: Hey 8th district, your Congressman is ineffective because…well…a bill you wanted passed on his watch after he helped write it. Next time Goddard and his campaign have a great idea on an attack on Jim Marshall, maybe they should throw out the aforementioned Magic 8 ball and call someone with a brain to see if the line of attack even makes sense to a rational person. Even Jim Whitehead’s campaign wasn’t this embarrassing.
General Goddard, I salute you. I didn’t think anyone could make Mac Collins seem like a breath of fresh air, but you sir really have outdone yourself.