Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Shimkus Simpatico With "Corporate Titans" Too!

After awkwardly shapeshifting into a populist fighting for the "little guy" in an oft-repeated refrain yesterday, Rep. John Shimkus (IL) made the equally awkward reversal to his regular role of corporate crony during today's proceedings. After all, where would he be without the help of his "corporate titan" friends? (Via Think Progress):

Think Progress's take, along with a transcript of Shimkus's quote:
In a confused monologue, Shimkus attempts to follow new Republican talking points and portray himself as a defender of the little guy against corporate greed. But he can’t stop himself from also praising the corporations as his friends:

[MR. SHIMKUS]: We’re fighting for the ratepayer. This debate is: “Who protects the ratepayer?” The corporate titans are my friends! I’m a Caterpillar supporter. I’m an Exelon supporter. I’m an Ameren supporter. A lot of these companies that have negotiated deals, they support me. But I know that they’re in the room to protect shareholder wealth, the wealth of the bond holders, the wealth of the stockholders. And that’s okay.
We'll give Mr. Shimkus this much: he's a riddle wrapped an enigma. And that's okay.