Rich Galen

By this time, sitting in a studio 400 miles away from Congressman Clyburn I was quaking with frustration and wiping little white flecks from the corners of my mouth.

When the Clyburn segment finally ended and Alex Witt came to me and Governor What's-His-Name I started by saying I wanted to go back to something Clyburn had said.

I said that GM (and Chrysler) were in business because President Barack Obama had effectively bought control of GM, had taken it into bankruptcy, and had closed dealerships and fired people, while leaving the bondholders with worthless paper.

Talk about 'cher vulture capitalism. Obama is Vulture-in-Chief.

My point being, Clyburn either had no idea what he was talking about or was perfectly happy to lie about what he did know. I'm betting on the former.

For a senior member of the Democratic House Caucus to be so abysmally ill-informed about how the General Motors situation went down tells us a lot about why Congress, generally, is sitting on an 13 percent approval rating.

The nameless former Governor from Pennsylvania didn't choose to chime in on this discussion because, I presume, he didn't want to have to defend the indefensible.

Our segment wasn't terribly interesting because I had done my homework and the Phantom Governor from Pennsylvania had not, but I was on good behaviour and didn't point that out to the MSNBC audience.

I have to go. I'm waiting for a call to be on BTV again this week.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at