Meanwhile, Madam Foxx always complains about how partisan Democrats are, while she remains pristinely above politics. The Charlotte Observer captures her at work:
About 200 N.C. business leaders came to Washington last week to hear what their members of Congress were doing for them. The meeting offered an interesting glimpse at some of the lawmakers' varying styles.
Rep. Bob Etheridge, a Lillington Democrat, reminded folks they were sitting in a first-strike zone for terrorist attacks.
The organizer, Rep. Mike McIntyre, a Democrat from Lumberton, recited lofty quotes from President Kennedy and others.
Rep. Robin Hayes, a licensed pilot, ribbed his colleagues and told a couple jokes. (Delta, he says, stands for "didn't even leave the airport.")
Rep. Heath Shuler, a freshman Democrat from Waynesville, told the business executives they'd be waiting "a long time" if they were relying on Congress for help.
Shuler encouraged them to reach back to a time when a community would rally to rebuild a neighbors' burned-down house instead of asking whether they had property insurance.
The drama came when Rep. Virginia Foxx of Banner Elk, one of only two participating Republicans, began ticking off reasons she thought the Democratic leadership was ineffective.
It was at the point she called them "fiscal predators" that Rep. Mel Watt, a Democrat from Charlotte, abruptly stood up and said just loud enough to be heard on the way out the door, "I think I'm going to leave on that note."
Watt returned to the room as soon as Foxx stopped speaking.
Takes a Foxx to recognize a predator.
"Predators," accused the woman who's never been known to abandon a buffet without a purse stuffed full of free biscuits.