Already this morning, I had the privilege of interviewing Rep. Jeb Hensarling, (R-TX), about the GOP’s addition of a new tool to their online toolbox. I’m referring to America Speaking Out.

My first question for Rep. Hensarling was whether he thought that America Speaking Out was an online version of the TEA Party movement. Rep. Hensarling said that he “hadn’t thought of it that way” but that “it certainly could be thought of that way.”

Rep. Hensarling said that the health care debate showed people that Democrats weren’t listening to them. He later said that that’s what got people who were nominally involved in politics to get actively involved in politics for the first time in their lives. According to Rep. Hensarling, these people clearly want to return the country to its first principles of personal liberty and limited government.

I then mentioned that I’m one of Michele Bachmann’s constituents. Rep. Hensarling’s response was quick and filled with enthusiasm. “I am a big fan of Michele Bachmann’s. You are so lucky to have her as your representative. She’s done so much to energize the Republican Party.”

My reply was that “the guy living in 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. hadn’t done too bad a job of that, too.” Rep. Hensarling’s response was that he agreed, adding that “Who would’ve thought that Barack Obama and Ronald Reagan would be the two presidents that energized the Republican Party the most?”

I strongly encourage this blog’s readers to visit America Speaking Out. Once you’re there, you can create your own login ID. My limited experience with the website is that it’s extremely user friendly.

Finally, I asked Rep. Hensarling about the YouTube video with Kevin McCarthy’s face on it meant that this website was about a new Contract with America. He said that it isn’t, that it’s about stemming the 111th Congress’s strong leftward turn.

I’d like to thank Rep. Hensarling for taking the time for the interview. It’s part of the GOP’s effort to promote its new website. I’m actively involved in that effort, with another interview coming later today with Rep. Rob Bishop, (R-UT), and with a blogger conference call with House Chief Deputy Republican Whip Kevin McCarthy, Chairman for the America Speaking Out project, Congressman Peter Roskam, Co-Chairman of the project, and Republican Conference Vice Chair Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers.

Technorati: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Cross-posted at California Conservative

7 Responses to “Hensarling Interview”

  • eric z says:

    I suppose “Jeb” is short for Jebediah, like the guy who was in Iron Man, he was called Jebediah and made an even bigger Iron Man suit to be better and more bad.

    This Jeb, praising Bachmann, is an Iron Man with feed of clay.

    Gary, can you name one paycheck Bachmann’s gotten in her adult life that’s not been from a government, i.e., she has no private sector work experience.

    Add to that the farm subsidy checks we are all paying for so she can live more comfortably in her McMansion, and the recently published info about her family faith healing business taking subsidy money, and what have you got? Sincerity? Biting the feeding hand is what you’ve got.

  • Gary Gross says:

    Eric, Shame on you for suggesting that Michele doesn’t have any private sector experience. Do you think her clients have been the state & federal governments?

    If you’re asking if Michele’s fought against government overreach, the answer is yes. I don’t think that that’s the same as not having private sector experience.

  • eric z says:

    She was housewife, then went to law school and became tax collector lawyer. Then more housewifing, until in the State Senate. Then to DC.

    All her paychecks – government.

    She has no clinical competence. Marcus runs the faith healing operation, competent as it might be.

    ALL her paychecks have been drawn of State and federal accounts.

    It is fact. And she bites the hand that has fed her.

  • Gary Gross says:

    Eric, Shame on you again. You wonder why Republicans & Democrats don’t get along after you say that “Marcus runs the faith healing operation…”

  • J. Ewing says:

    Biting the hand that feeds her? THANK HEAVENS she does. Would that we had 500 more just like her in Washington! I’m starting to care a lot less about allegations of conflict of interest or other “wrong” motivations, so long as Michelle and those like her are doing the right thing.

  • walter hanson says:


    Just curious are you saying being a Mom is a worthless job with no meaning. What’s worse it’s horrible underpaying since all you count for benefits is Hugs, “Thank yous”, and “I love yous”

    By the way those three things don’t come from the government like you falisly claim.

    Walter Hanson
    Minneapolis, MN

  • LadyLogician says:

    Nice try at mis-information Eric. Besides the family farm that she has worked on and the family business she did WORK as a tax attorney prior to joining the legislature.

    But then again, in typical DFL form – never let the FACTS get in the way of a good slime attack.

    And I would dearly LOVE to see you be the stay at home parent of 5 kids of all ages. You wouldn’t last a month before just absolutely LOSING it.


Leave a Reply