Mr. Djou conquers Washington

I received a release trumpeting a national leader of historic importance.

“Few members of Congress, let alone a freshman, have had as much impact on the national policies of our country,” it declared.

Who was this legislative wonder?  Sam Rayburn? Henry Clay? Millicent Fenwick? Tip O’Neill? Shirley Chisolm? “Fighting Bob” La Follette?

No, it was our own Charles K. Djou, according to the latest fundraising pitch in his campaign against Colleen Hanabusa to keep the seat he won in the special election to fill out Neil Abercrombie’s term.

“Despite having served for less than two months, Hawaii Congressman Charles K. Djou is influencing national policy in Washington,” said the solicitation from Team Djou. “He has rapidly become one of the most active and outspoken representatives in the U.S. today.”

All based on getting mentioned a few times in national publications.

Not to be unkind, but after working in Washington for eight years, I can think of few creatures lower on the national political food chain than a fill-in freshman congressman from the minority party representing one of the nation’s least populous states. Well, maybe the reporter assigned to cover such a congressman.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is already using the over-the-top claims as Exhibit A in a release entitled “Just Two Months In And Djou’s Already Gone Washington.” If Djou wants to be taken seriously in Washington or Honolulu, he needs to keep his copy writer on this side of reality.

In the meantime, he’s got me humming the Mary Tyler Moore theme song … Who can turn the world on with his smile?

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14 Comments on “Mr. Djou conquers Washington”

  1. Earl of Sandwich Says:

    What pains me is that there are potentially a lot of people who are going to be buying in to this hype. Well, I guess they already did and sent him to Washington. Sure, different story with no vote splitting come the real election, but it’s hard to take anything for granted these days.

  2. Michael Says:

    “Mr. Smith goes to Washington” Jimmy Stewart.
    Hold ones ground and persevere.

    Wonder if Djou ever rode on a subway?

  3. Shaloha Says:

    Let the hatefest begin…

    Earl is “pained” by this press relese. A sight of a Republican causes him physical pain!

    A trillion dollar deficit, 9.5% unemployment, failure to contain Iran from going nuclear and Gulf oil spill are minor issues indeed to Earl, they do not cause him “pain”; hating a bright young man willing to dedicate his life to serve his country is a priority number one!

    During his successful campaign for the Presidency, B.O. spent 80% of his resources smearing GWB and only 20% on the agenda setting and positive campaigning.

    This is the patern that is closely followed by the local Democrats as well. This post is the first salvo in the election campaign – I am sure everyone at the local paper got the memo from the DNC to begin the smear campaign. We should expect more personal attacks on Rep. Djou in the future.

  4. ccpp Says:

    Is that what Hawaii needs, a mindless rubber stamp in the form of Hanabusa for Obama? Don’t we already have Hirono for that?

  5. waialuahaole Says:

    “That’s how you’re gonna beat ’em, Butch. They keep underestimating you.”

  6. cloudia Says:

    Charles and his acolytes display the enthusiasm of the intellectually unsophisticated.

    It’s all so clear to him, as only to someone who misses the complexity! Your point will go right over their heads.

  7. Michael Says:

    Djou, may be raw but so was Senator Inouye and Senator Akaka when they first started. (different offices) but same same in being “Rookies” or the New Kid on the Block.

    Djou may be outspoken so was Jimmy Stewart. Only thing Jimmy had a good journalist reporter who knew Washington and knew Washington Politics. Djou needs to find someone of similiar qualifications.

    Djou seems to speak to help the people of Hawaii.
    He has ideas, let it be done. Republicans and Democrats need to work together and I see President Obama pushing for a partisan effort.

    Too bad one has to vote for a party when voting. I would like to vote for both parties for who the better candidate is from.

  8. Capitol -ist/WassupDoc Says:

    Colleen Hanabusa and Mazie Hirono are not twins. I’ve worked with both women over the years on a number of different issues, and they are about as much alike as an incandescent and a CFL light bulb are.

    Charles Djou and Mufi Hannemann are much closer in style, personality, values, ethics, and political positions than these two women.

    It would indeed be an interesting race if Mufi & Charles were ever to run against each other for the US Senate. Definitely would have to brush off my NOTA badge for that one.

  9. Michael Says:

    Capitol -ist/WassupDoc Says:

    “Colleen Hanabusa and Mazie Hirono are not twins.”
    You said this because they are both Japanese? Do all Japanese look alike to you? Speak carefully, I may take guff from you and the other lemmings for my other comments, but when it comes to Nationality, becarefull of what you say and how you say it.

  10. Wayne Says:

    I’m with you on this one Dave. I hope that no one person can show up in D.C. and be a “legislative wonder.”
    BTW: “It’s you girl and you should know it!”

  11. shaftalley Says:

    my mother was japanese.does that make me a twin?

  12. Michael Says:

    shaftalley Says:
    July 22, 2010 at 5:13 pm
    my mother was japanese.does that make me a twin?

    @shaftalley:
    Do you look Japanese or Hapa?
    If your comment is refering to me
    I am full blooded.

  13. shaftalley Says:

    i looky like #10 skivvy honcho!

  14. Michael Says:

    White with a hash mark.


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