The Manhattan Mercury took Nancy Boyda to task for her actions using terms like "rude" "insulting" and "foolish." I agree.
Here's the entire editorial:
One Would Have Expected More
U.S. Rep. Nancy Boyda can choose to believe whatever and whomever she wants, whether the subject is the war in Iraq or the benefits of ethanol.
But Rep. Boyda, who represents Manhattan as part of Kansas ' 2nd Congressional District, cannot walk out on congressional testimony she finds dubious and then have her chief of staff say Rep. Boyda left "to kind of compose herself because she's understandably frustrated with the way the war's going."
It's also rude to dismiss as untrue or unimportant the testimony before the House Armed Services committee Friday of a retired general, in this case Gen. Jack Keane. Gen. Keane had testified about progress in Iraq after the troop surge. He said security improvements were widespread in and around Baghdad and asserted that U.S. forces "are on the offensive and we have the momentum."
Given the conflicting reports about the war and conditions in Iraq , one would expect skeptical committee members to seek verification of such claims, to ask pointed questions when necessary and get to the truth. And even though such hearings have too often served as soapboxes for lawmakers with their own agendas, one certainly would expect Rep. Boyda to listen respectfully and give the general his due regardless of her own views on the war.
Moreover, one would expect her to remember that she represents a district that includes three military installations, and that publicly insulting a general — even a retired general — reaches beyond rude to the realm of foolish. One would expect Rep. Boyda, who's already been attacked by the Republican she ousted, Jim Ryun, and by the National Republican Congressional Committee, to realize that they would exploit such a mistake for everything it is worth. Surely she knows that as a freshman Democrat in a Republican state, she's a prime political target.
One would further expect Rep. Boyda to know better than to try to explain her departure from the hearing by saying, "There was only so much that you could take until we in fact had to leave the room for a while."
That's what recesses are for.
In short, one would have expected more of Rep. Boyda. Hopefully that isn't expecting too much.
Dedicated to the proposition that Nancy Boyda is a one termer.