Congressman Says Tucson Shootings Mean He Shouldn’t Have To Wait in Line at the Airport

Sunday, January 9th, 2011

Good grief.

A top House Democrat said the attack on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) should change how members of Congress are screened at airports.

“I really believe that that is the place where we feel the most ill at ease, is going through airports,” Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.), who serves as assistant minority leader in the House, said on “Fox News Sunday.”

Clyburn called for the Transportation Security Administration, which administers airport security checkpoints, to interact “a little better” with the Capitol Hill Police.

“We’ve had some incidents where TSA authorities think that congresspeople should be treated like everybody else,” he said. “Well, the fact of the matter is, we are held to a higher standard in so many other areas, and I think we need to take a hard look at exactly how the TSA interact with members of Congress.”

As for “we are held to a higher standard in so many other areas”. . . really?  Name one.

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36 Responses to “Congressman Says Tucson Shootings Mean He Shouldn’t Have To Wait in Line at the Airport”

  1. #1 |  Dave Krueger | 

    “We’ve had some incidents where TSA authorities think that congresspeople should be treated like everybody else,”

    LMAO! How rude!

  2. #2 |  Bob | 

    As for “we are held to a higher standard in so many other areas”. . . really? Name one.

    I’ll start this off….

    “We are held to a higher standard of Poker Face. We are expected to spout the most amazing bullshit with an austere and trustworthy demeanor.”

  3. #3 |  EH | 

    So what is this higher standard he’s talking about, “murder targets?”

  4. #4 |  Mike H | 

    And by “standard” he means “deference”.

  5. #5 |  B | 

    That various people would seek to exploit this in poor taste was a given. But man, I didn’t see this coming.

    I think Clyburn has inadvertently identified one of the main problems with the screening procedures at airports. People waiting in long lines just on the “dirty” side of the checkpoint are concentrated, have their movement restricted, and are by definition not in a secured area. Sitting ducks.

    Clyburn’s right to feel vulnerable there. I know I do.

  6. #6 |  random guy | 

    its rare to see a politician talk so honestly about what they really think of the little people.

  7. #7 |  B | 

    Just to be 100% clear, I mean that Clyburn is right to feel vulnerable there because *anyone* has reason to feel vulnerable there.

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  9. #9 |  CyniCAl | 

    “Well, the fact of the matter is, we are held to a higher standard in so many other areas …”

    The fact of the matter is that when someone says “the fact of the matter is” you can be 100% certain they are lying.

    Politics is the willful suspension of the acknowledgment of truth in pursuit of a goal. The congressman’s words are a perfect example of politics.

  10. #10 |  CyniCAl | 

    Very insightful comment B. Thanks for opening my eyes.

  11. #11 |  Dave | 

    The solution is simple, and will save billions.
    Get rid of the TSA altogether.
    Then EVERYONE can go through quickly and not feel “ill at ease”.

  12. #12 |  Marty | 

    I’m waiting for the stampede to start of people who feel they shouldn’t have to be screened because they’re not ‘little people’ and they’re ‘held to a higher standard’.

    churches will be lobbying, anyone employed by the govt will be lobbying and the lobbyists themselves, of course. once the ‘higher standard’ qualifiers are established, the rest of us will really be fucked with the new measures coming down the road.

  13. #13 |  Matt | 

    Of course then we will have a new vulnerability and terrorists will smuggle bombs on board with congressmen. We already know the contempt they have for us….

  14. #14 |  nospam | 

    Hey, anyone else want to take umbrage at my comments last night about not caring when politicians get offed?

  15. #15 |  Jesse | 

    Well, congressional salaries are certainly held to a higher standard than the large majority of people, perhaps he was referring to that.

  16. #16 |  Roberta X | 

    Can I take umbrage at it again? :)

    Rep. Clyburn is typical of the modern elected or appointed official, ready to seize any opportunity to expand his perk and power. He was all sad already ‘cos no one read the racist parts of the Constitution aloud for him to take offense at; I guess he wasn’t up to reading them aloud himself. 17 years in the House’d do that to anyone, especially if they’d had to be Majority Whip.

  17. #17 |  Mattocracy | 

    How do these assholes say such dumb shit? I mean, he thought about this for a good while before hand…and decided it would be a good thing to say on TV. Damnit.

  18. #18 |  Tom Barkwell | 

    Clyburn takes crass opportunism to a whole new level. Breathtaking.

    Term limits, please. Now.

  19. #19 |  nospam | 

    No, Roberta, your umbrage basket is full. You need to give the rest of the class a chance to stand up for people who don’t deserve to be stood up for.

  20. #20 |  Andrew S. | 

    Like always, we’re shown that some animals are more equal than others.

  21. #21 |  The Mossy Spaniard | 

    David Frum has already speculated that Jared Loughner’s pot smoking may have played a role in his killing spree.

    The actual title of Frum’s article is “Did Pot Trigger Giffords Shooting”?

    I would call David Frum a shameless, disingenuous sack of shit, but that would be an unwarranted affront to sacks filled with shit.

  22. #22 |  jb | 

    How about Boehner’s comment?

    “An attack on one who serves is an attack on all who serve,” Mr. Boehner said. “Acts and threats of violence against public officials have no place in our society. Our prayers are with Congresswoman Giffords, her staff, all who were injured, and their families. This is a sad day for our country.”

    The prayers notwithstanding, his comment is as exclusively in the politicians’ favor as is Clyburn’s.

    Gifford is alive, thank the Lord; the Judge is RIP. But 5 other innocents are dead–including a 9 year old girl–room temp–history. They are just as important, and if “Connie” means anything, moreso.

    But this is all about the politcians. Yeppers. Wunnerful.

  23. #23 |  Dave | 

    wtf does this tragedy have anything to do with congress-people having to wait in line at the airport. do you really think someone that is going to blow up/hijack a plane cares that you are a congress-person or not? idiots.

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  25. #25 |  Pete | 

    After Clyburn gets this waiting-in-line-like-the-unwashed-proles mess sorted out, perhaps he can then work on bringing back Primae Noctis.

    What a douchebag.

  26. #26 |  croaker | 

    @18 I’m a firm believer in term limits.

    One in office, one in prison sounds good to me.

  27. #27 |  jb | 


    Be nice, these are our betters, the “elected” hierarchy who tell us what to do.


  28. #28 |  Z | 

    Mr. Clyburn

    My issue with the TSA is that its an utterly useless boondoggle that masquerades as security and is used as a chess piece in the eternal war games that are about egos and natural resources and have very little to do with combating actual terrorism. If you wish to address this, please do so. However rest assured that I have never once gave a thought to how special you and your colleagues are.

  29. #29 |  PW | 

    It takes a lot to come across as the single most obnoxious self-important dipshit in a chamber full of obnoxious self-important dipshits, but Clyburn frequently manages to do just that.

    And the worst part is he’s among the most politically invulnerable members of the entire Congress! He will never be unseated for anything short of a felony indictment, and even then he’d still stand a chance at reelection. If ever there was any more proof that racial gerrymandering is nothing more than the Rotten Borough system reinvented to modern times and modern corrupt political practices….

  30. #30 |  Whim | 

    In advance of the final vote on ObamaCare back in March 2010, Nancy Pelosi and her Black Caucus minions made a bums rush of a legal Tea Party protest on the Capitol steps, in order to create tje pretext for an alleged “racial epithet” issue, of which there is NO ACTUAL DOCUMENTARY EVIDENCE whatsoever.

    “Kristie Greco, spokeswoman for Democratic Whip Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., said a protester spit on Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo., who is black and said police escorted the lawmakers into the Capitol. Cleaver’s office said he would decline to press charges, but Sgt. Kimberly Schneider of the U.S. Capitol Police said in an e-mail later: “We did not make any arrests today.”

    Clyburn, who led fellow black students in integrating South Carolina’s public facilities a half century ago, called the behavior “absolutely shocking.”

    As long as Clyburn resides in the leadership of the Democrat congressional delegation, the Republicans can rest easy………

  31. #31 |  Anon | 

    I think this is a classic case of poorly chosen words. We obviously trust our Members of Congress with access to sensitive areas such as the White House and the Capitol Building without any security screening. It should be noted that members of Congress (with the exception of the Speaker and the President Pro Tem of the Senate) receive any time of special protection from the U.S. government. Yes they may request some additional police protection for special events, but 99% of the time that they spend outside of the Capitol Building they are as unsafe as any other person, except they are high-profile targets. In areas where they feel unsafe, I believe that Federal and state agencies should do all they can to accommodate and ensure the safety of our Congressmen and Congresswomen

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  33. #33 |  André | 

    “we are held to a higher standard in so many other areas”

    Having affairs has wider-reaching consequences for our congress critters. For us little people, we lose our wives and/or kids. For them, they lose their jobs.

    That’s all I could come up with.

  34. #34 |  demize! | 

    Just to be 100% clear, I mean that Clyburn is right to feel vulnerable there because *anyone* has reason to feel vulnerable there.#8  Tis a feature, not a bug.

  35. #35 |  Jim | 

    Its a stupid thing to say especially now and TSA is a mess but he is not exactly wrong. The only reason congressmen/women are screened is for security theater* if the TSA and DHS really believed that congressmen where holding bombs our country is in much more mortal danger than they are equiped to handle. I don’t feel we are safer when Al Gore is stopped for a check I feel like a whole shit load of time and money is being wasted.

    *This is not to say that just about all of this is done for theater.

  36. #36 |  Roberta X | 

    (Nospam, if it was good enough for John Adams…).

    Rep. Clyburn can’t wait in line, he has important outrage to cultivate!

    …Why should politicians be kept any more safe than the rest of us? I don’t think they should be less safe, but what’re the odds of J. Random Loonie fixated on #POLITICIAN catching him in line at the airport — a generally armed-cop-and-security-rich environment — and actually doing him harm? J. Random pulls a gun, he’s got a soldier, a policeman and a housewife from Duluth all chinning themselves on his arm immediately, followed by at least a third of the crowd dogpiling: most people who fly have already had to think about what they would do if, and their behavior on planes with troubled passengers shows a proactive kind of inclination.

    For that matter, there are pols, even ones I personally dislike, who do grasp the risks (however dimly) of showing up at scheduled appearances and still get out and mingle. Should there be a law keeping them from doing it?

    And perhaps Rep. Clyburn might want to consider getting a DC firearms carry permit if he feels unsafe. –Oh, wait, they don’t issue them.