In a time of crisis, people need leaders. We elect people to Congress, but unfortunately very few are leaders.
This is never more evident than in a congressional hearing. It doesn’t matter if the topic is steroids in baseball or the state of the economy. Some elected official is sure to grab the microphone and make inane comments or sling infantile insults at a witness.
Recently it was a congressman from Massachusetts who felt compelled to ridicule the bank CEOs on their mode of transportation to get to this hearing. Rep. Michael Capuano sounded like a fool.
Many of us realize that the congresspeople make these comments because they have nothing substantive to add to the subject. In this case the representative probably knew that these CEOs were better educated, better-trained and held real positions, so perhaps inferiority explains the ridiculous comments. Perhaps he felt that his wit was appropriate after the president issued his insults to corporate executives and was then quickly parroted by Sen. Claire McCaskill, referring to these people as “idiots.”
In any event, it is all the kind of rhetoric that you’d expect from children, not members of Congress.