I was delighted to read that Rep. Allen West, for whom I have great respect, managed to outrage the entire Congressional Black Caucus recently. (Of course, that entire body is outrageous, and frequently produces outrage in me, but we'll let that pass for now . . . ). Mediaite reports:
Rep. Allen West reportedly offended the entire Congressional Black Caucus when he delivered a selection of Chick-fil-A chicken and biscuits to the members’ weekly meeting. CBC Chairman Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL) told The Huffington Post that, despite the incident happening six months ago, it is still fresh in their minds and every member was offended.
Despite that this incident occurred months prior to the public dustup that followed Chick-fil-A’s CEO voicing his support for traditional marriage, Hastings told The Huffington Post that the members of the CBC were offended by West’s choosing that particular fast food chain to cater their meeting.
Hastings says that it is appropriate for each member of the CBC to buy lunch on a rotating basis for their weekly meeting, but West’s purchase was too “in your face” to be tolerable.
There's more at the link.
Considering the number of members of the CBC who've been arraigned on ethics charges in the House, convicted of crimes in the criminal justice system, or been caught in various degrees of flagrante delicto, I'd have thought this was one glass house whose residents dare not throw stones at all! Clearly, that was too much to expect of them . . . but that in itself is hardly unexpected, is it? (On the other hand, it's pretty telling that the CBC's claim to respect rests upon its members - and as far as I can tell, the only member actually worthy of respect is Rep. West!)