Democrats suppressing GOP visits to Gulf. Posted by Moe Lane Wednesday, June 30th at 10:30PM EDT Itâs the little things that underscore the pettiness thatâs infesting the Democratic partyâs leadership these days: To summarize: House Members have funds that they can tap into to go back and forth from their districts; Rep Scalise wanted to tap into that in the process of organizing a visit of about 10 lawmakers to Louisiana to assess conditions in the Gulf before voting on drilling restrictions; the Democratic leadership has authorized using the funds in such a manner in the past; and theyâre not doing it now, because they want to control access by filtering it via committee (and, oh, yes, the Democrats forgot to mention that last bit to the GOP ahead of time). Now, if youâre a normal person, you might think that being able to tour the Gulf before voting on it is hardly unreasonableâ¦ particularly if youâve already made the mistake of taking the Speakerâs own pet mouthpiece seriously. In reaction to the fairly obvious observation that the Democrats are hampering Republican efforts to directly assess Obamaspill: You get used to baldfaced, reflexive, and boneheaded mendacity if you live in the DC area for any length of time, but this. This is something special. There is negative semantic content in that statement: somewhere, itâs making an angel cry.