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 BluntLucas Kunce: Deadly civilian drone strike is reminder that U.S. involvement in Afghanistan 'is not worth it' GOP senators say Biden COVID-19 strategy has 'exacerbated vaccine hesitancy' Missouri official asks court to suspend McCloskeys' law licenses 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 BoehnerLobbying world A new kind of hero? Last week's emotional TV may be a sign GOP up in arms over Cheney, Kinzinger 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.