Wednesday, June 16, 2004
LEADERSHIP. I did see her at the funeral and was surprised that she didn't spit on the floor, roll her eyes, or turn her back to the casket. Now I know why, courtesy of ChronWatch:
The front and center presence on Wednesday night of Rep. Maxine Waters at the congressional state funeral of President Ronald Reagan irked a number of Republicans and even some conservative Democrats. But given that the California delegation was put forward for protocol reasons, it was unavoidable.
According to a House Democratic leadership aide, Waters, whose utter contempt for Reagan is legendary, was asked to contain herself before, during, and after the solemn events in the rotunda. "The fact that we had to remind some members about their behavior given the national TV audience is embarrassing enough," says the leadership staffer. "All we needed were Waters and [Pete] Stark acting up or making some kind of scene or mugging for the camera."
It's good to know that some Democrats are still capable of being embarrassed.