Last week, Billy Long's office, after losing an interviewer's faxed questions, denied the interview request of a Washington journalist because, "we are focused exclusively on our district press and our constituents."
Apparently Billy and his metro something staff not only have a problem with losing pre-submitted interview questions ("He had faxed in his questions to us, which is unusual, so regrettably his request was lost in the shuffle" --Bret Funk, Billy's press secretary), they also have a problem with geography.
No way no how can Ben Terris -- the author of the NationalJournal.com piece -- be even remotely considered "district press" or a constituent of Billy Long.
For those in MO7 who are unfamiliar with the National Journal, it is no wonder.
The National Journal is aimed at Washington insiders. It is mostly read by members of Congress, Capitol Hill staffers, the White House, Executive Branch agencies, the media, think tanks, corporations, associations and lobbyists. Most of the journal's content can be accessed only by subscribers. The yearly subscription rate is $1,160.
So, when Long gives a softball interview to the National Journal on line Colonel of Truth: Freshman House member Billy Long has gone from selling goods to selling ideas. This job may be harder and answers this question this way:
NJ How do you feel abou Rep. Paul Ryan’s plan?You can be damned sure Billy is actively working to dismantle Social Security and Medicare.
LONG Anything Paul Ryan does budget-wise has to be pretty good. But it’s going to be tough. Each battle, I think, is going to get tougher. This one may have been tough and almost shut the government down, [but it] is probably going to look like a cakewalk compared to the debt ceiling, and the debt ceiling is going to look like a cakewalk compared to the budget.
Frequent bus riders will remember these bus stops:
September 2, 2010: Billy Long speaks at MSSU, says youth needs to be engaged in politics then ignores their attempt to engage him
September 2, 2010: Transcript: Billy Long and two reporters at MSSU, September 1, 2010
September 19, 2010: Of course he hedged his bets, he's a poker player!
September 25, 2010: Actions speak louder than words, trying to ferret out the auctioneer's stance on Social Security: he wants to dismantle it.
September 26, 2010: Stop da music! Stop da music! What a revoltin' duh-vel-up-min dis is!
October 7, 2010: "We get surveys, we get surveys, we get a jillion of them"
October 7, 2010: Billy Long on Social Security, unscripted, developing.
October 7, 2010: Debate Social Security TWO CONSERVATIVE CONGRESSES
October 7, 2010: No wonder Billy Long doesn't like bloggers, we ask follow-up questions.
October 8, 2010: Will Long throw his staffers under the bus?
October 9, 2010: Pedaling backwards as fast as he can.
January 26, 2011:Republicans (Billy Long included) want to gut Social Security. Does Long want these widows and orphans to go to the poor farm?
Watch these videos of how Billy Long answers question from his constituents during the campaign:
Long knows that when the voters of the 7th district realize he will vote "AYE" in support of Paul Ryan's budget which dismantles Social Security and Medicare he will be a one-term congressman.
He talks in vague generalities of "honoring our commitment to our seniors" and "don't believe what you read in the paper", while calling for "extreme" cuts in Social Security and Medicare.
He immediately backtracks from that statement but digs an other hole deeper than first with this comment: "It’s going to be another negotiating thing."
There is too much at stake for Billy Long to be playing auction games with our economy, our Social Security and our Future.
As John Stone said way back in February, 2007: "But I don't expect him to get the message."
This photo accompanied the National Journal's interview: Billy doesn't look well.
*"I refuse to drink unless it's in a Dixie cup!" It's a joke, son, it's a joke.
**"Looky here, son, I'm no loud-mouthed schnook. Lookit here son, I say son, did ya see that hawk after those hens? He scared 'em! That Rhode Island Red turned white. Then blue. Rhode Island. Red, white, and blue. That's a joke, son. A flag waver. You're built too low. The fast ones go over your head. Ya got a hole in your glove. I keep pitchin' 'em and you keep missin' 'em. Ya gotta keep your eye on the ball. Eye. Ball. I almost had a gag, son. Joke, that is.
OK, maybe Billy, with all his 'Billyisms' is channelling Senator Claghorn and Foghorn Leghorn.