Republicans not enjoying minority status, pt. CLVII

Award tanker deal on merit, Riley urges- al.com

Bob Riley and Jo Bonner (Republican rep from Mobile) went up to DC to argue that the Airbus plant in the Mobile area should get the contract to build refueling tankers for the Air Force. The other option is Boeing, which would build them in Washington State. Which has two Democratic senators and a Democratic representative. (“Which” in this instance can refer either to Boeing or to Washington.)

“After serving up here for six years I know exactly what is going to go on,” said Riley, a former congressman. “It’s one of the biggest acquisition contracts in history of the Department of Defense, and I know everyone … has a tendency to make it political. I’m just trying to encourage everyone, especially the decision makers, `Please don’t let that happen.’”

Sorry. It’s gonna happen. You’re pretty much screwed. Sorry about that. At any event, the blatant hypocrisy of complaining about pork after all the Federal money shoved into Alabama’s trough over the years by Richard Shelby and Bud Cramer and Tom Bevill and so forth… Well, it’s par for the course.

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3 responses to “Republicans not enjoying minority status, pt. CLVII

  1. It’s one of the biggest acquisition contracts in history of the Department of Defense, and I know everyone … has a tendency to make it political.

    Good grief, Defense contracts are nothing but political. You can have politics without Defense contracts, but you can’t have defense contracts without politics.

    FWIW, although they’ve royally screwed the pooch with the A380, Airbus makes some really great mid-size airliners. It’s just sad that there are only two large-body aircraft manufacturers left in the world: Airbus and Boeing.

  2. Mac Thomason

    I’m stunned that the Japanese haven’t figured out a way to jump in. I know they were banned from manufacturing aircraft immediately after WWII, but that ban’s been over a long time and I’m sure Mitsubishi and Honda can have the infrastructure in place in a hurry.

  3. Knowing the Japanese, they’d produce a jumbo jet that could fit in the palm of your hand.

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