Last week, Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO) stated that if House Majority Leader Tom DeLay “chose to resign as majority leader until these matters are resolved, that’s probably not the worst idea.” So how did fellow conservative Majority Whip Roy Blunt (R-MO) try to explain away Tancredo’s comments on Sunday’s Meet the Press? Well, it wasn’t the worst defense:
Blunt: Well, you know, you have to take those for what they are. The Tom Tancredo article I happened to read–at the end of the article, his actual quote is, ‘It might not be the worst thing in the world,’ so I assume somebody asked him that question. He also said he thought these were trumped-up charges. It’s easy to speculate on what might be the worst thing.”
As bizarre as Blunt’s “defense” of Tancredo might be, his nitpicking “clarification” of the quote is equally strange. The exact Tancredo quote from the Denver Post article is “Right now, I would not encourage him to leave. If he chose to resign as majority leader until these matters are resolved, that’s probably not the worst idea.” Other papers that wrote on the article — for example, the Washington Post and the Washington Times — cite this very same quote from the Denver Post, not Blunt’s version.