Lugar Says House Freshman Republicans Lack Parliamentary Gifts
August 12, 2011
Sen. Dick Lugar (R-Ind.) took a whack at freshman GOP members of the House on Thursday, claiming they lack experience and gifts for parliamentary procedure.
“They thought they had come to save Washington, save the country, save lots of things,” said Lugar, according to The Star Press. “Speaker John Boehner faced … a very difficult problem of maintaining some control over a great number of people who were not gifted in parliamentary procedure and really didn’t care to be gifted.”
Lugar also took the opportunity to take a swing at President Obama, whom he accused of abdicating leadership during the intense negotiations leading up to lifting the nation’s borrowing limit.
“Forgive me for sounding a little partisan in this respect, but the president offered absolutely no leadership with regard to all of this [keeping the government funded] except to say it would be unconscionable not to raise the debt ceiling,” said Lugar.
Lugar was speaking at the Muncie-Delaware County Chamber of Commerce at the Horizon Convention Center in Muncie, Ind.