Let’s see: the wonderful terrific Texas human being Ralph Hall wants to end birthright citizenship, and eliminate the Department of Education, and– being an oil and gas man– of course he also wants to do a little drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. He has had a Zero rating from The League of Conservation Voters every year since 2004.
Representative Hall is also the charming fellow who personally killed a House bill which would have increased funding for scientific research and math and science education. By the delightful tactic of making a Yes vote a vote that was also one in favor of federal employees viewing pornography.
Yet, while all of this is loathsome, is it really all that different from other House Republicans? Is there something particularly evil about this gentleman which requires he be singled out?
Josh Marshall has something he’d like to add:
Rep. Ralph Hall (R) of Texas has been in the news this week because the octogenarian anti-environment crusader is taking over as chairman of the House Science and Technology Committee. But here at TPM we remember him for another proud moment: the day thirteen years ago when he slandered a teenaged sex slave into the House record on behalf of then-lobbyist Jack Abramoff. “[S]he wanted to do nude dancing,” said Hall of the fifteen-year-old girl who was taken from her parents in the Phillippines and forced to perform sex acts on stage and before video cameras at a Northern Marianas sex club.