The Golden Tongue Quote of the Week goes to House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) for trying to spin his way out of admitting Democratic defeat yesterday in the face of a GOP victory to oppose secret earmarks.

The Washington Times reports:

“Despite their minority status, Republicans this week used a series of procedural moves to stall the first of 12 spending bills to protest the Democrats' decision to only permit earmarks in Conference Committee.

"'The truth is, we controlled the floor this week,’ said House Minority Whip Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntGOP senators eager for Romney to join them Senate GOP wary of ending Russia probes, despite pressure GOP on precipice of major end-of-year tax victory MORE, Missouri Republican.

“But Mr. Hoyer said his party ‘had control of the floor at all times. We chose not to exercise that control.’” 

Meanwhile, House Republican Leader John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerDems face hard choice for State of the Union response Even some conservatives seem open to return to earmarks Overnight Finance: Trump, lawmakers take key step to immigration deal | Trump urges Congress to bring back earmarks | Tax law poised to create windfall for states | Trump to attend Davos | Dimon walks back bitcoin criticism MORE (R-Ohio) gave conservatives a reason to hold their heads high this Friday morning, in a statement released by his office:

“Democratic leaders finally surrendered to our demands because supporting secret earmarks in appropriations bills is indefensible and the American people won’t stand for it.”

If that doesn’t make you feel warm and fuzzy inside, well, you just don’t appreciate the finer side of smaller government and the disinfectant of sunshine. Cheers to the fine men and women who controlled the floor this week — and to those who surrendered to good policy.