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Cathy McMorris Rogers: Leader or Potted Plant?

(11/15/17) Where’s our representative, Republican Cathy McMorris Rogers?

Here we are with the Republicans in Congress lining up in front of media microphones to denounce an alleged sexual predator, Judge Roy Moore, who thinks he should be their guy in the Senate from Alabama. Gadsden, Alabama’s pride and joy has the GOP leadership apoplectic at the prospect of having to eject an elected senator like Moore who has a history of prowling malls and high school civics classes in his 30s looking for dates.

Admittedly, the depraved (retired?) predator Roy Moore plans to infect the Senate, not the House of Representatives. But you have to wonder, wouldn’t a powerful woman in GOP leader in the House like McMorris Rodgers have something to say about the victimization of young girls by a politically powerful man like Moore? Apparently not. Silence.

Cathy McMorris Rogers purports to be the fourth most influential person in Congress. Yet Wikipedia officially lists the Republican leadership as: Speaker Paul Ryan, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Majority Whip Steve Scalise. Then it moves on to describe the Democratic Party leaders, Nancy Pelosi and Stenny Hoyer. Oops! They missed McMorris Rogers, the fourth most powerful legislator in the House of Representatives. All that power, and yet no mention of Cathy McMorris Rogers. Hmmmm…

Not to worry. If you want to find the fourth most powerful Congressperson, you need only adjust your glance during any of the seemingly endless appearances of other Republican leaders on your TV screen. Just look to the left or right and behind any of these brighter lights of the GOP. There she is!

That’s’ our Cathy, standing a row or two back, sometimes obscured by a flagpole or potted plant, always with good posture. There’s our Congresswoman with the same forced grimace-cum-smile. There’s McMorris Rodgers, head nodding approval at just the right moments, politely applauding on cue.

Occasionally we may even see our powerful Congresswoman McMorris Rogers in a solo appearance as she leaves the podium at the beginning of a presser, just before someone the media actually wants to hear from takes to the dais. Apparently, CMR is useful for microphone checks.

Often, Cathy McMorris Rodgers is the only distaff member of her caucus in the crowded video frame at media opportunities. She serves to prove the GOP leadership is not composed entirely of cranky old Southern men with names like Buddy or Trey or Jefferson Beauregard or smug X-Gen refugees from a Nordstrom catalog. CMR’s sidelined position in this bold new Congressional leadership team is somehow supposed to reflect her power, accumulated via six re-elections, in the Congressional 5th District.

Since her painfully boring response/ to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address 2014, (See it here, if you are having trouble sleeping through Donald Trump’s tweet storms:

This presentation should make it clear why Congresswoman McMorris Rogers has been pretty much the potted plant at GOP media events. As she said in that snoozer, “Who’d have believed a young girl working the drive through at the McDonald’s in Colville….”

She makes a good point. I’ve been to that Colville McDonald lots of times and I can tell you that I don’t remember a single face from that drive-through window, not even CMR’s.

By Jim Wavada

Gravis Marketing conducted a poll of a possible match up between Senator Patty Murray against U.S. Rep Cathy McMorris Rodger for the U.S. Senate in 2016.  Patty Murray lead, 51 percent to 40 percent, which is no surprise.

However, they described McMorris as a “moderate congresswoman, who has led Republican support of Obamacare in the House” and Patty Murray as “one of the most partisan senators in the Democratic caucus.”

Whoa!  Anyone who has read this website already knows my opinion, so I am going to remain speechless.  Any body else want to weigh in?


McMorris on Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

(Letter-to-the-Editor) Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ canned Email response to my concerns about the current Israeli-Palestinian armed conflict reflects her alarming lack of understanding of the bases of the conflict and a callous attitude toward the sanctity of human life.

Her assertion twice that the Palestinian rocket attacks are “unprovoked” indicates a fundamental ignorance of the strangled economy and dire poverty inflicted on Gaza Strip Palestinians by the Israeli (and Egyptian) blockade.  And McMorris’s refusal to mention the over 2100 Palestinians killed, at least half innocent civilians and children, compared with the much fewer 67 Israeli deaths, all but 4 in combat, shows an alarming lack of respect for human life.

Any supposed political leader such as McMorris Rodgers should be well-informed and should educate the populace on the conflict rather than simply parrot the one-sided party line of the rich Israeli lobby.

Joe Pakootas’ background allows him a much deeper, more informed, balanced, and humanitarian understanding of the conflict.  As the world’s most enduring and complex conflict, its resolution would ease innumerable strained international relations, particularly involving the US.  But a deep understanding of the conflict is necessary for any hope of resolution.

(Please see here for another letter to the editor from the author about the Representative)

Norm Luther
Spokane, WA 99223

Cathy spins a yarn

On Sept. 19, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers issued a press release after she voted to reduce funding for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamps) by $40 billion over 10 years – $4 billion per year – with the headline, “McMorris Rodgers Votes for Nutrition Reform, Preserving Eastern Washington’s Safety Net.” Twisting and turning the truth, and obfuscating in an Orwellian fashion seems to be her expertise, as it appears to be the political practice of the day.

Is she counting on constituents being ignorant or stupid in being deceived by this obvious attempt at deception? Removing $4 billion a year from food stamps is not supporting our women and children and not preserving a safety net. Rather, it withdraws food security from our people in poverty, which disproportionately affects children, the most vulnerable among us.

What kind of a country does McMorris Rodgers envision: Begging children coming up to cars stopped at intersections, like I saw in Africa’s developing countries?

McMorris Rodgers should represent all her constituents – not only the businesspeople, military and farmers – and meet with educators and college students, the homeless, social service workers – and children.

Nancy Street


The Working Families Flexibility Act of 2013

In a letter to constituents Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers touted her support of the Working Families Flexibility Act of 2013 and how she is in a similar situation as millions of other working moms in this country balancing the demands of a job with the obligations of a family.
The Working Families Flexibility Act of 2013 is not written to truly help families have the flexibility to use their overtime. It does not provide employees the flexibility to use comp time when they need it. There are no provisions for distributing overtime work equally if an employee chooses to be paid for overtime instead of taking comp time.

Congress will only be in session 126 days this year, yet Representative McMorris Rodgers earns $174,000 per year for essentially part time work and enjoys a Congressional staff of more than 20. Her husband has the luxury of staying home to care for their children because he collects a military retirement. It is disingenuous to equate herself with hard working moms who often work 40 – 60 hours a week just to make ends meet. She does NOT feel their pain.

Disappointed in Clarkston,

Monika Lawrence
Clarkston, WA

McMorris: I Supported the Sequester before I Opposed it

Cathy McMorris Rodgers is now critical of the sequester that slashed billions of dollars across the board in funding for government programs and services including birth control for low income families and air traffic controllers.  However, McMorris voted for the sequester.  The blogger at thelastofthemillenniums suggests that McMorris is stupidly contradicting herself, and I offer another possibility.

McMorris Getting Orwellian on the Sequester

I am not one to defend Cathy McMorris Rodgers, but I don’t’ believe it was a mistake.  I believe it as a calculated rhetorical strategy to shift the blame for the impact of the sequester to the President and away from Republicans.    Logically, of course, it makes no sense.  How can you be critical of something you just vigorously supported without be a blatant hypocrite?   You can’t.

However, it is still an effective rhetorical strategy.  Average Americans do not remember who voted for what.  All they see is a attractive, middle aged mother of three who was elected to the U.S. House criticizing President Obama for the harmful effects of the sequester.


By the way….US Representative  Cathy McMorris-Rodgers voted FOR the sequester cuts but now proudly and stupidly stands in front of the sign proclaiming ‘Obamaquester’.

Cathy McMorris-Rodgers is my US House Representative and also part of the Republican leadership.

And she actually sat there with a straight face and said splitting up the farm bill will ‘speed up the legislative process’….

The only question is does she think we are that stupid or is she that stupid?

Trick question.

I have rocks in my backyard smarter then Cathy McMorris-Rodgers…….

People are speculating that McMorris might run for Governor of the State of Washington in 2016.  I don’t think she will, but can you imagine what Olympia would be like?