‘Why Barton, it profits a man nothing to give his soul for the whole world…’

[UPDATE]: That ain’t rain, Glenn.

‘…but for NASA?’

Most interesting rumor from the Hill yesterday: Rep. Bart Gordon (D-Tenn.) who announced his retirement from Congress has been promised the job of NASA administrator in exchange for his vote, and Rep. John Tanner (D-Tenn.), another retiring Democrat, has been promised an appointment as U.S. Ambassador to NATO in exchange for his vote.

(Via Transterrestrial Musings, via Instapundit.)  The man does realize that this simply means that he gets to be the one holding the knife when the Democrats kill the manned space program once and for all, yes?

Moe Lane

PS: This is not a threat.

This is a promise. And Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) doesn’t give a tinker’s dam whether you like it or not.

17 thoughts on “‘Why Barton, it profits a man nothing to give his soul for the whole world…’”

  1. Precisely, if this report about Gordon is true, then he’d better seek other employment opportunities. Coburn will make damn sure Gordon’s nomination is put into a Plutonian deep freeze and then dropped into a black hole.

    Make it so, Number One!

  2. Good on Senator Coburn! It’s time Republicans started holding feet, or other body parts of traitorous bastards to the fire.

    Personally think putting his balls near the heat might be more effective….. What? He doesn’t have any?

    Oh never mind….

  3. Err…isn’t this a felony, like that Seestak thing? Vote for ObamaCare, and you too can enjoy an all-expenses paid vacation courtesy of the taxpayer; 3 squares a day and a cot, but the view sucks.

  4. Exactly how does Gordon and Tanner selling their votes for plum political appointments differ from indicted former IL gov Blago selling Obama’s former senate seat?

    If they’re sharp, Gordon and Tanner won’t leave their power spots in Congress with that stain on their back while Coburn blocks their front so they never actually get those new power positions they were promised? That will be a cold and politically unconnected place to end up. Not too late to save your skin boys, you haven’t cast that yes vote yet.

  5. smitty says:

    “Felony, smell-my-knee. Eric Holder is the AJ. There ain’t no justice.”

    It isn’t Eric Holder’s job to hold the President accountable. It is Congress’s job. If the President makes the appointment, and the new Congress thinks its a ‘High Crime’ or even a ‘misdemeanor’ there is clear constitutional remedy. And if they think that Eric Holder is turning a blind eye, he is also impeachable.

  6. His response: So? I got to be head of NASA, it ain’t my problems those high paid so-called scientists are laid off. Anyone who wants a job in my agency has to pay. Wink, wink.

  7. I live in Bart Gordon’s district and he’s worthless. His voting coincides with Nancy Pelosi and his boss, Henry Waxman, except when they give him permission to play moderate.

    He was the first “Rep.” to announce his summer townhall meetigs would be by phone rather than in person because the voters are so freaking mad at him. Even the local fish-wrapper broke from it’s permanent brown-nosing stance on Bart and denounced him. His local office is permanently surrounded by protestors and weak-a** Bart just hides in DC.

    Genius Bart was trying to deflect voter wrath during the last summer by saying we should all trust him to do the right thing because he voted for Cap and Tax. That’s like trying to curry favor at a biker bar by telling them about your scooter. It doesn’t work and not knowing it won’t work to win friends is the bigger problem.

    I hope he chokes on his appointment and wets himself in public. He’s the weakest of the skunks in DC.

  8. … he doesn’t care, silly wabbit. All he wants is the fat pension, or severence or whatever golden-parachute-pot-o’-gold he’s going to get from the appointment. Do ya think he was looking for a real job?!

  9. I can see Bart Gordon selling his soul but I cannot see John Tanner doing this. When it comes time you will see Tanner with a No vote. He is more of a man than to sell his country out for anyone. How can either one of these men walk the streets of their home town and hold their head high when they have betrayed their country, Mother,Father, Kin Folks and neighbors. As US Navy Vet., seeing what We have fought for it is sicking to see these men sell this Country out to Socialism while taking our medcare money that We saved and give it to someone else.

  10. I cannot reach my elected member of Congress by telephone.

    Bart Gordon’s staff has switched their local office telephone lines off. They just roll right over to a voice mail box, which is full of course.

    James O’Keefe, where are you?

  11. Does anyone know at which point arm-twisting crosses the line and becomes criminal bribery?

    If I pulled quid pro quo stunts like this at work, I’d rightly be fired from my job.

  12. The Republicans better make clear to ANY Democrat who’s voting for Obamacare, that they will NOT get any government job. The Senate has many ways to hold up ambassadorships and a number of other job postings in the administration, including zeroing out budget lines. Targeted retribution is in order. Furthermore, the lobbying firms need to be told that any one of them that hires any of these sell-outs will be 100% frozen out of Capital Hill, their value will drop to zero. We have to play hard-ball here. The Democrats are breaking every rule, written and un-written. If we don’t punch back twice as hard then it’s over. If the GOP is worried about setting bad precendent, they don’t get it. It’s atomic bomb on Hiroshima time.

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