Rep. Kanjorski (D-PA): 'They're Not Minorities and They're Not Defective'

If the name rings a bell, it's because Paul Kanjorski, the leftwing Democratic Pennsylvania Congressman told his constituents in 2008 that:

“I’ll tell you my impression. We really in this last election, when I say we…the Democrats, I think pushed it as far as we can to the end of the fleet, didn’t say it, but we implied it. That if we won the Congressional elections, we could stop the war. Now anybody was a good student of Government would know that wasn’t true. But you know, the temptation to want to win back the Congress, we sort of stretched the facts…and people ate it up.”

Just ask Moveon.org.

Also that year, Kanjorski was promising to dust off 70-year old antediluvian New Deal programs in May of 2008, when unemployment stood at about 5.5 percent, (it's currently almost double at 9.70 percent), and the Dow Jones Industrial Average was still 2000 points higher than it is today.

Then there was this Oliver Stone-esque moment.

So with all of the "unexpected" economic indicators of the last two years as a backdrop, today Kerry Picket spots Kanjorski's latest foot-in-mouth gaffe:

At the Washington Times, Kerry writes:

Connie Hair at Human Events has posted this shocking video of Rep. Paul Kanjorski, Pennsylvania Democrat, at a Wednesday conference committee hearing to merge the House and Senate versions of the recently-passed financial regulation bills. Here he talks about the debilitating effects of the recession on his constituents. Unfortunately, Mr. Kanjorski may not have realized he offended those he was trying to impress:

"We're giving relief to people that I deal with in my office every day now unfortunately.  But because of the longevity of this recession, these are people -- and they're not minorities and they're not defective and they're not all the things you'd like to insinuate that these programs are about -- these are average, good American people,” Kanjorski states.

So how's that Bridge to the 1930s working out, Paul?

Related: Kanjorski recently said he's eschewing town halls this summer. Given his penchant for gaffes Kinsley-esque and otherwise, that's understandable -- if not necessarily wise.