by Max Brantley
It's not exactly surprising that U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin, not known for candor or truthfulness, would bring a bodacious liar to town to endorse his candidacy.
Today, it's Tennessee Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn. She lands with a Twitter blast parroting one of Griffin's hoariest and most dishonest memes:
Where is the Keystone Pipeline? In a pipe yard in Little Rock. 118,000 #jobs are waiting on your okay, Mr. President.
If facts matter to you — if they don't you're probably a 'bagger Republican — you'll know that an independent Cornell study said the Keystone pipeline, with all its environmental risks, found the pipeline would create 500 to 1,400 jobs. The project, in fact, could be on balance a negative. The Washington Post gave "two Pinocchios" to claims the pipeline would create 180,000. One each for Tiny Tim and Miss Marsha. The well-informed also know that Nebraska landowners' objections to an initial route slowed the Keystone line. Private property protection once was important to Republicans. Not when Big Oil has money to make.
UPDATE — AND SPEAKING OF LIARS: Just looked up some roll call votes on the Very Hon. U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin, who went out to a meeting of Delta Grassroots Caucus supporters in Little Rock May 3 and told them how so very much he supported their efforts to lift the downtrodden Delta.
Indeed, the Very Hon. Tim Griffin can point to his vote, along with all other Arkansas congressmen, against a Tea Party Ohio congressman's amendment to end all funding for regional development commissions, from Appalachia to the Delta.
What Griffin is NOT likely to advertise is his lonely vote in the Arkansas congressional delegation for an amendment to the same legislation to cut money to the Delta Regional Authority by 24 percent. He stood alone in Arkansas and the amendment was defeated. This is known as having it both ways. Griffin screws the folks back home under the radar (nobody in the 2nd District much notices the Delta anyway), while building his reputation as a budget-cutter with the Club for Growth and other deep pockets who'll shower him with money this year and finance his race for governor in two years.