Brian Baird Steps On His Tongue Again

by lewwaters

Washington States congressman, 3rd District, fresh off of a controversy over referring to constituents as “brown shirts” and “lynch mobs” apparently hasn’t learned anything.

He claims to have apologized for the references in a press release saying, “Frankly, I have had concerns about how we can have constructive dialogue and, unfortunately, in response to some of the things we’ve been seeing across the nation I have said some things myself that I regret.”

Again last evening, at Baird’s first townhall this recess at the Clark County Amphitheater, he again reiterated to the audience that he “had taken the words back” and “apologized” for them.

The sincerity of that apology is highly in doubt after a comment he made at a Vancouver, Washington Rotary Club luncheon today, August 19, 2009.

The following is a press release from Ryan Hart, Chairman of the Clark County GOP. I was with Ryan at Party headquarters late this afternoon as he received confirmation from others of Baird’s words,


“Congressman Brian Baird reverted back to making the same comparisons and comments today that he apologized for last week. Baird was the guest speaker at the Downtown Rotary Club on Wednesday where he was quoted to say “if there is a Ryder truck parked out front, it has my name on it.

Clark County Republican Party Chairman Ryan Hart said he received a call from an individual who attended the meeting informing him of the comment. “I called several other people who attended the meeting and they all confirmed that Baird made the remarks.

Baird’s remarks were a reference to domestic terrorist Timothy McVeigh. “This is just unbelievable,” Hart said. “You would think he would have learned a lesson or two over the past two weeks,” he added.

Hart said the comparison linking critics of the Democrat’s health care reform proposals to domestic terrorists makes one doubt the sincerity of his Baird’s apology.”

Is Baird that out of touch that we do not know what he is talking about? Is he trying to milk this alleged death threat he says he received?

Congressman Baird, if you really desire to see death threats issued to a politician, look no further than what was thrown towards President Bush during his time in office.

I suspect in the next few days will we hear an exasperated Brian Baird telling us to get a sense of humor, just another “botched joke,” ala John ‘F’in Kerry in 2006 when he disparaged our Troops saying, “You know, education, if you make the most of it, you study hard, you do your homework and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well. If you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq.”

We didn’t laugh at Kerry’s disparaging comment and congressman Baird, we are not laughing now.

Most people who apologize take steps to not recommit the offense the very next day.

UPDATE: Is the Columbian running cover for Baird? I’ve tried 12 times to post this quote in their comments section on various articles and it will not take. It just disappears. I’ve made other comments after trying to post this quote and they readily take.

They claim they don’t censor, but I find it very odd that I can post other comments, but this particular quote is not accepted.

21 Responses to “Brian Baird Steps On His Tongue Again”

  1. About your update: I have had a similar experience with not being able to post a certain comment on The Columbian. Exactly the same thing! It was mildly and respectfully critical of what I perceived to be an editorial contradiction. As an experiment, I posted something innocuous on another thread and it appeared.

    Why would The Columbian think the Baird comment shoud be censored?
    Any thoughts?

  2. Jane, it seems that Koenninger is a fairly strong supporter of Baird’s. After the “apology” issued for the other comments, this one would just add to his negative appearance.

    The Columbian has claimed time and again they do not censor, but many of us who have had similar things happen really wonder.

    This has been spoken of by Victoria Taft this evening and is on her blogsite. It has been posted on FreeRepublic under the main forum and the state forum. I also sent it off to Michelle Malkin

    So, if they are censoring it, it will only be their website it doesn’t appear on. Others already have it.

    Wish I had a recording of it too.

  3. It seems that indeed The Columbian is covering for Baird. I think we all know where Kathie Durbins’ sympathies lie – which is why she covered for him in her report. Baird obviously hasn’t learned a thing, or more accurately, his ‘apology’ was mere politics.

    He and others like him in Congress will continue to fan the flames of hatred against those that oppose their Utopian vision of America.

    Thank God we have a few people around like Sarah Palin and Michele Bachman to bring some balance to this debate.

  4. It seems the Columbian feels if they don’t print it, it didn’t happen.

    That is not serving the community as we are entitled to know what our Representatives say regardless of party.

    After apologizing for the “brown shirt” and “lynch mob” comments, even if he meant this as a joke, it is in bad taste.

    For all of the current charges of heavy partisanship from the Dems, just what is it they are engaged in with their flooding the internet sites advertising for “paid volunteers” and “activists” to support this healthcare takeover?

    What is it when they cover for their own, yet make a fuss over a Republican comment?

    And, I couldn’t agree with you more about Sarah Palin and Michele Bachman.

    Keep your eyes and ears open. I have a gut feeling Baird is going to face a very strong challenger who hasn’t announced yet and who will mop the floor with him.

    Regardless, Baird needs to go. He’s been there long enough.

  5. I guess I should retract just a bit. I shouldn’t have said that The Columbian is covering for Baird – there is no direct evidence of that. They hit him right betweeen the eyes on the townhall meeting business after all. There are employees of the Columbian though, that certainly bring their own biases to the job – Kathie Durbin being one of them.

    I agree with you Lew, it’s time for BB to find a new line of employment. I hope your ‘mystery candidate’ materializes and trounces him good!

    Disclaimer: ‘trounces him good’ is a euphemism for ‘defeating him at election’ not physically assaulting him, and is not a call to violence against his person (just in case you’re reading this Congressman).

  6. Craig, Kathie Durbin was there yesterday and saw fit to not mention the comment. After taking him to task over the other comments he made, I find that very odd and yes, while it is not direct evidence of a cover up, it sure smells of one.

    Only time will tell on my gut feeling.

  7. I have to say that I am an avid reader of a variety of local political blogs: Clark County Conservative; Clarkblog; Aneurnin’s Blog; Vantucky Holler, etc. I like to read the range of views and opinions expressed and try to have an open mind.

    This is my own anecdotal experience: I cannot tell you how many times I get good, verifiable data and information on these blogs that appear before it ever reaches The Columbian or never reaches The Columbian.

    What did we ever do before the advent of the blogosphere?

    I am hooked and appreciate all of them.

  8. Thank you, Jane, I really appreciate your comment.

    I look upon our blogs as like Letters to the Editors, but without them editing or blocking us.

    A lot of people no longer trust the media and use blogs, at least reputable ones (and there are those on both sides that are just over the top), to augment what media is reporting.

    Many of us are just regular folks who think both sides deserve more fairness, which the media doesn’t always supply.

    Last year, when iwas interviewed by Jeffery Mize for his article on local blogs, he asked me if I felt I had any impact.

    Your comment tells me that we bloggers do indeed have an impact our communities, even if a small one.

    Thank you, again.

  9. Lew,

    Here is an article I found today about Vancouver BC cutting back on medically necessary surgeries due to a budgetery short fall.

  10. I posted his quote and didn’t have any trouble.

  11. I believe Terry Busch also posted it this morning, but it would not show last night.

    From comments there this has happened to others and not just conservative posters.

    They say they don’t censor and I have no explanation. I only state what happened last night.

  12. you’re paranoid.

  13. What? How do you know that?? You’ve been spying on me!!!!

  14. par·a·noid (p²r“…-noid”) adj. 1. Relating to, characteristic of, or affected with paranoia. 2. Exhibiting or characterized by extreme fear or distrust of others. –par·a·noid n. One affected with paranoia.

    Nope, sounds more like the left who cries racism every time anyone opposes the current ‘dear leader.’

    Perhaps it is those who continue to salivate in hopes of jailing the former administration for having the audacity to protect America?

    Or, maybe it is those who expect some mythical government to freely hand them everything they desire and make others pay for it?

    No, I guess that would just be a freeloader.

    Then again, perhaps the real paranoia comes from one who panics over Ryder trucks?

    Sounds like good reason to me to vote him out.

    His 12 years are up.

  15. Hey Lew, I have received the email numerous times in the past few months. What’s up?


    Sent from my Windows Phone ________________________________

  16. I don’t have a clue, unless you signed to follow this old post and receive a notice whenever I get spammed on it.

    Try unsubscribing from this post, I have been getting spammed really hard this week, nearly 700 a day


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