Little Patty McHenry, the miniature pit bully of North Carolina is back in the news. He's mentioned prominently in today's New York Times Politics Blog under the heading "It's not Whining."
After a discussion of Steny Hoyer's move into the grander quarters of Tom Delay's former office, Kate Phillips, who hosts the The Times' blog, reports that there was a gathering of disaffected Republicans upstairs. She describes seeing our Rep. McHenry "waving his hands and stomping his feet" for the benefit of the press, and then he whined at the very highest register of his irritating little voice, "It is so hypocritical, just on its face!"
The precise source of his unhappiness wasn't immediately clear to Ms. Phillips so she inquired after his distress. According to her report, his complaint was "That Democrats, on the verge of taking control of Congress, were planning to run the place their way, driving the legislative agenda themselves without input from the Republican minority."
(imagine here an expression of indignation and a pouting lower lip.)
Some nearby member of the press asked the little man if "his whining" wasn't just sour grapes, and hadn't the Republicans run Congress just as they had wanted for more than a decade? To which our dyspeptic little Congressman replied, "[But] we didn't campaign on this openess. It's not whining... it's a matter of calling them out on their rhetoric."
Did you ever think you'd miss being represented in Washington by Jesse Helms? At least he wasn't some scaled down version of Eddie Haskell from "Leave it To Beaver." Helms was a genuine villain who came across like a man you were proud to hate. McHenry, on the other hand, is that tiny little whiner from 7th grade who no one liked, but no one would fight, because if you did then you'd be forced to touch him.