Burton's prime time smack down

February 14, 2008
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Rep. Dan Burton, R-Ind., was front and center yesterday at the hearings on steroids in baseball. Burton appeared to side with pitcher Roger Clemens, while repeatedly attacking Clemens’ former trainer Brian McNamee.

McNamee has said he injected Clemens on numerous occasions with illegal performance-enhancing drugs. Clemens categorically denied those allegations. Both testified under oath yesterday before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

“Roger Clemens is a baseball titan, and with all these lies, you have destroyed him and his reputation,” Burton ranted. “How can we believe you? … This kind of circus really bothers me.”

Despite his disdain for “this kind of circus,” Burton was eager to talk about it afterward, making a remote appearance on WFNI-AM 1070. The appearance was no doubt a ratings booster for WFNI in its afternoon drive-time war with local sports talk stations WNDE-1260 AM and WXLW-AM 950. After the interview, WFNI host Eddie White took a beating from callers wondering why he didn’t question Burton on his unequal treatment of Clemens and McNamee.

So, in keeping with the trend of tracking winners and losers in this saga, do you think WFNI was a winner in the ratings war for putting Burton on the air? How did White handle the interview? And what about Burton, was he merely grandstanding yesterday or truly trying to learn the truth?
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  • Burton is a hypocrite who was grandstanding due to his recent poor attendance in hearings while golfing and during this election where he actually has GOP primary competition.
  • Burton was merely grandstanding and McNamee should have smacked him down. When Burton asked why we should believe him now when he admitted he lied about it before, he simply could have said I lied before to protect my friend, but now I'm under oath and I take that very seriously. Case closed.

    And then it would have been a nice touch if he could have asked good old Dan about his harassing and fondling of women while he was a state rep in the 70's. ;)
  • Got to agree--Burton is definitely grandstanding. It's reelection time and he'll do anything to get pr. Wish the GOP would come up with a better candidate. He's my representative and I'm really tired of his tactics.
  • Burton wasn't trying to learn the truth - that was very apparent if you saw the embarrassing showing by Burton. He was all red-faced and shaking those papers at McNamee. There was another republican who was also all over McNamee (thankfully not another IN republican). Mike & Mike and others noted that they were very surprised that the hearing was so split down the party lines. If I was McNamee I would have done what Don suggested which was say something along the lines of yes I lied before protecting people who I thought were friends but I am here now under oath telling the truth. Anyway back to the point at hand, Dan Burton is a womanizing, skirt-chasing hypocrite who was merely grandstanding and could not handle the truth.
  • Did anybody here Eddie White's interview on the radio? I only heard bits and pieces of it. Sounded like Dan got a free pass from Eddie on 1070 The Fan. Anyone else here Burton on the radio ... what was your take?
  • Burton's performance was an embarrassment to the State of Indiana. On the other hand, David Souder represented the state well with honest, intelligent questions.

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