Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Byron York asks a solid question

Where do our Federal Representatives get all this free time?

There was a scene in Fahrenheit 9/11 when Michael Moore asked Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), "Um, how could Congress pass this Patriot Act without even reading it?" Conyers leaned across his desk and answered, "Sit down, my son. We don't read most of the bills..."

What Conyers meant, I think, was that lawmakers have more to do than they have time to do it. Members of Congress, at least in the public mind, are very, very busy men and women who -- burdened with things like drafting bills and attending endless committee meetings -- delegate a lot of communications and PR tasks to staff.

Does that include writing for The Huffington Post? It started with Conyers himself, but the Huffington Caucus has now come to include Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.), Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.), Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill), Rep. John Tierney (D-Mass.), Rep. Ellen Tauscher (D-Calif.), Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.), Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.), Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.), Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.), Sen. Jon Corzine (D-N.J.), and perhaps others I have missed. Some of their entries seem to be personal statements, while others read a bit like press releases. So my question to each of the busy lawmaker-bloggers on this site is: Is that really you? Are you actually writing the posts that appear under your name?

I eagerly await the answer!