Meet Annie Kuster, the Phil Hare of the 2014 Cycle

by Jim Geraghty

Meet state representatives Marilinda Garcia and Gary Lambert. They’re both Republicans running for Congress in New Hampshire’s second district.

The woman they seek to replace, Democrat Annie Kuster, recently refused to discuss Benghazi with constituents because she’s “here to talk about the Middle East.” She appeared to have nothing to say at all about a proposal to authorize a select committee to investigate Benghazi, or anything to say about the Benghazi attacks at all.

(Hat tip, Independent Journal Review.) Kuster may not realize it yet, but she’s just become the Phil Hare of this cycle. Representative Phil Hare, an Illinois Democrat, dismissed objections to Obamacare back in 2010 by quipping, “I don’t worry about the Constitution on this, to be honest. I care more about the people who are dying every day that don’t have health care.” He then quoted the Declaration of Independence to his questioner; when corrected, he said, “It doesn’t matter to me, either one.”

Representative Bobby Schilling, a Republican, beat Hare in the 2010 midterms. Then the state redrew the district lines and Schilling lost in 2012.

Phil Hare, like Representative Bob Etheridge (D., N.C.), became nationally known for an awful moment immortalized on YouTube. The same fate awaits Representative Kuster.

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