I almost feel sorry for KBH.
In an uncharacteristic display of public frustration with party colleagues, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison on Friday sharply criticized two Republican congressmen who had accused her of a stealth effort to derail the fence along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Conservative blogs and pundits have attacked Hutchison ever since Reps. Peter King of New York and Duncan Hunter of California accused the Texas Republican of essentially repealing Congress' mandate to build 700 miles of fencing.
"This was a midnight massacre," King said of an amendment Hutchison shepherded into law last month. "It was absolutely disgraceful."
After being labeled "Panderer to the Criminal Invader" and called a traitor to border security, Hutchison fought back Friday.
"There is misinformation, and I think the congressmen who should know better exactly what has happened have been a little loose with the facts," she said in an interview.
"I am a little frustrated that Rep. King and I guess Rep. Hunter are feigning surprise," Hutchison said, noting that both men were notified as far back as September 2006 that she intended to amend the law ordering 700 miles of double-layer fencing.
On the other hand, on immigration at least, the story so far in the Republican Presidential primary is that the hardliners - Mitt Romney, as well as the twin Congressional terrors of Tancredo and Hunter - aren't doing so well, while the candidates with more moderate positions - Huckabee and McCain - are doing better than anyone thought. It's early days, and Michigan may provide the Mittster with a much-needed boost, but perhaps not being the farthest of the far out isn't necessarily a handicap for KBH. Who knows? South Texas Chisme has more.Posted by Charles Kuffner on January 13, 2008 to National news