Partisanship instead of progress 

February, 15, 2008
Henry Waxman: "I'm sorry we had the hearing. I regret that we had the hearing. And the only reason we had the hearing was because Roger Clemens and his lawyers insisted on it."

Insist? Sure. But does Waxman convene a hearing of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform every time someone insists that he does? And if so, I've got a few dozen hearings I'd like to insist be held ...

It's easy to castigate politicians, but for the most part they are merely mirrors. The primary system results in congressmen generally more partisan than the typical voter, but essentially politicians are followers rather than leaders. We don't have good and responsive government because we don't demand it (because we're too self-absorbed and distracted to know what it is). Waxman and his colleagues were on TV Wednesday because they thought that's where we wanted them. Simple as that.