I think we may have found the Achilles' heel of the House Republican majority: Incompetent schedulers.
It was barely two weeks ago, you'll remember, when President Bush came to Albuquerque to hold a Bamboozlepalooza event in Rep. Heather Wilson's (R) district. But, Wilson couldn't be there because she was "on a long-planned trip with her husband and two children."
And now it seems the same sort of snafu has cropped up happening again. Tomorrow morning, as we reported last week, President Bush is heading to Parkersburg, West Virginia to get an up close look at his legacy. That is to say, he's doing a walk through of the Bureau of Public Debt. That's where he'll check out the Treasury notes in the Social Security Trust Fund, the ones he wants the country to default on.
The other reason for making a pit stop in Parkersburg is to do an event in the district of Conscience Caucus member, Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R). Unfortunately, according to her staff, Capito won't be able to make it because she has a previously scheduled meeting to discuss medical malpractice suit abuse with West Virginia doctors visiting Washington.
In other news, Capito had a recent profile in courage moment when she said: "I'm glad I'm undecided. I don't want to react to something that's never going to come down the pike."
That's really weaseltude for the ages.
(ed.note: Notes of thanks to TPM Readers RP, RM and JEH.)