Sen Claire McCaskill (D, MO) sounds rattled.

Also, resentful.

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After a rather fascinating exercise of profiles in courage from her St. Louis office – essentially, they locked the doors, drew the blinds, called the cops, and hid from a bunch of protesters knocking on the door. But can you blame the staffers?


…I mean, those guys brought a cocker spaniel.

Anyway, Senator McCaskill would have liked to be conciliatory, except that the passive-aggressive resentment at being forced to treat these grubby neo-peasants as if they mattered as much as Beltway types kept getting in the way:

I think we learned from Friday and will do better in the future. In return I hope those that are protesting refrain from banging on the windows and doors continuously. Thanks so much.

Via Instapundit. For the record: it was the ‘Thanks so much’ part that wrecked the rest of the statement. If she had ended the statement one sentence earlier it would have actually come across as being witty; those three words decreased that quality by, oh, about fifty percent.

Moe Lane

Crossposted to RedState.


  • Brian J. says:

    You can’t comprehend the menace of a cocker spaniel from a still picture.

  • Moe_Lane says:

    Heck, I may not be able to identify a cocker spaniel from a still picture.

  • betsybounds says:

    Right. Of course, the protesters might not have banged on the windows and doors continuously–or even at all–if the blinds hadn’t been drawn and the doors, locked.

  • Peg C. says:

    I almost feel for these staffers, but they are defending the indefensible.

  • Hucbald says:

    I was mauled by a cocker spaniel when I was three. No joke. I still have scars around and even inside of my mouth from it. As a breed they are known to tend toward sour dispositions.

    So, I can see why McCaskill was terrified. LOL!

  • Jim Durbin says:

    McCaskill isn’t rattled. Haven’t you heard? She gets protests from the left and the right. She’s a “moderate.”

    This was very strange. The only protests from the right she had experienced were in Kansas City, who put on a series of protests going on for weeks in the snow for the stimulus. The St Louis office handled it poorly, but they must have known what was coming.

    And something doesn’t sit right with that explanation. I’m heading over there to take pictures and talk to that marketing company today.

  • SDN says:

    Yes, it’s a plot by the cocker spaniels to conquer the country by nibbling off one toe at a time….

  • Henry Bowman says:

    Cocker spaniels are often quite vicious. However, this one appears as least to have been on a leash.

    It’s is so difficult being an Important Person when you are forced to speak to the serfs little people.

  • Les Nessman says:

    Peg C., I felt the same way as you for about a second. Then I remembered – they are adults who are free to leave their employment with the Senator any time they choose.

    These staffers WANT the indefensible, otherwise they would put on their big-boy pants and find another job. Either that, or they are craven cowards who value their gov’t paycheck above their principles.

    They are part of the problem.

  • ac halle says:

    Spaniels are trained, from the womb, to operate anything .50, down instantly, upon breach of cervix.
    Commander Zero learned this ‘on the playing fields of harvard’
    We are in an era of astue dumbness………see Ram , the man emanuhuel.

  • Brian J. says:

    Upon further review, I think it’s actually a badger.

    What kind of person owns a badger? An extremist.

  • Fen says:

    “For the record: it was the ‘Thanks so much’ part that wrecked the rest of the statement.”

    Thank you. I saw the same thing when I read it.

    Dear Public Servant,

    We reserve the right to speak with our representative. And if she ignores us, we reserve the right to “bang on the windows and doors continuously” until she pulls her head out and remembers she works for us, not the other way around.

    Time to buy some tar and feather.

  • RebeccaH says:

    Cocker spaniel, pfft. Think of how terrified the staff would have been if the protestors had brought a chihuahua!

  • Drew in MO says:

    I am from MO and it amazes me that we have someone like Claire as our Senator. She is so liberal yet so road in on the hatred of Bush in the last 4 years. At best she might represent the west most east coast city that is St. Louis in her sentiments.

  • Kristian says:

    Well, that’s no ordinary cocker spaniel. That’s the most foul, cruel, and bad-tempered dog you ever set eyes on.

    Look, that spaniel’s got a vicious streak a mile wide, it’s a killer!

    It’ll do you a trick, mate!

    I’m warning you!

    He’s got huge, sharp– he can leap about– look at the bones!


    I warned you!

    I warned you! But did you listen to me? Oh, no, you knew it all, didn’t you? Oh, it’s just a harmless little spaniel, isn’t it? Well, it’s always the same, I always–

  • Oh, bother says:

    This is precisely why Gillie the Protest Corgi accompanies me to TEA parties, wearing a jacket with two signs: on her left side, “They taxed my tail off” and on the right, “They taxed my legs off too.” I can’t tell you how annoyed I am to learn that some signless cocker spaniel gets to be the Attack Dog of the TEA Parties, and not my Gillie. She’ll be crushed.

  • K T Cat says:

    Fools! That’s not a cocker spaniel! That’s a vole dressed up as a cocker spaniel! Run, run for your lives!

  • JohnG says:

    The Senator must be DEFEATED!

  • Paul says:

    Terrorists have been known to throw a Cocker Spaniel into an office and then block the doors.

    What a slaughterhouse. (You can get an idea from the Killer Cocker Spaniel/Cave scene in the movie, ‘The Search For The Holy Grail’)

    The staff was very prudent to call the police, the SWAT team, the ATF, FBI, Delta Force, 3rd Armor Division…

  • theBuckWheat says:

    I’m going to try a different approach. I’m going to put this in terms of things they hate, like the following:

    Bush was known for his war, his Gitmo and his evesdropping. The Dems will be know for their health care.

  • Don Keefhardt says:

    A Møøse once bit my sister.

  • Robert Engler says:

    A cocker spaniel bit a child once.


  • Steve Robbins says:

    The people of Missouri should at least be thankful that they live in a jurisdiction where a state-wide elected public official of the Democrat variety at least exhibits some measure of consternation when it comes to a visit from protesting voters. Here in New Jersey, both of the Senators — Lautenberg and Menendez — would be downright contemptuous of anyone opposing anything they voted for.

    It has taken the near-collapse of the State’s fiscal situation, mounting deficits and years of obvius pay-to-play corruption in the Democrat establishment to finally get the attention of the voters. We may possibly elect a Republican governor this fall — he is ahead in the polls — but it will take a massive effort to overcome Governor Corzine’s monetary advantage — he is apparently willing to personally spend whatever it takes to buy the election.

    So, count your blessings, Missouri, and keep up the pressure on her.

  • Lark says:

    The Senator must be DEFEETED?
    Simple. Tax her legs off.

  • CHRI$ DODD says:

    I’m getting tired of these people showing-up wherever I go!

    See “BANKERS FOR DODD” at http://www.DumpChrisDodd.com

  • Paul Gross says:

    Thanks Claire, I feel so much better after reading your condescending explanation. Geez what a pompous ass.

  • SukieTawdry says:

    Poor Claire. She was expecting a Cabinet post.

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  • AnAverageAmerican says:

    Cocker Spaniels are excitable and are know to pee uncontrollably when they get excited, so you can hardly blame those staffers. They can’t risk their expensive shoes to overly excited spaniels … who knows when they’ll be able to earmark a new pair!

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