Friday, March 16, 2007



Having overcome the racist rantings and juvenile tactics of two of the most disruptive, obstructionist and dull-witted members of the Congress, Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA) and Patrick McNutcase (R-NC) in Henry Waxman's Oversight and Government Reform Committee, the compromise granting D.C. "its first full-fledged seat in the House of Representatives passed the Judiciary Committee yesterday, clearing the final hurdle before a vote by the entire House, expected next week." It'll pass in the House and the Republicans hope to spike it in the Senate.

The only surprise in Judiciary was when one of the most extreme right members of Congress, Mike Pence (R-IN) joined the Democrats in voting yes. The other wingnit who voted with the Dems was a special case: Chris Cannon of Utah. The nature of the compromise gives Utah, the most right-wing state in the country, an extra seat in return for letting the (mostly African-American) residents of Washington have a member of Congress.

KKKlown of the day was right-wing fanatic/imbecile Louie Gohmert of northeast Texas, who proposed 44 congressional districts for U.S. military bases. He threatened to tie up the Committee for hours with his nonsensical bickering and the chairman of the committee, John Conyers had to say Gohmert was a good boy who works and plays well with others to back him down from his threats to make everyone on the committee's life miserable with his barrage of foolish amendments.

Senate Republicans have already been grumbling about the bill but Holy Joe Lieberman has abandoned them on this one and will join the Democrats, and, of course, the two Utah Repugs, for the debate. McConnell is threatening a filibuster, like he does on everything.


Yesterday I mentioned that the Republicans count of McConnell to kill the compromise legislation to give Washington, DC residents a seat in Congress. Today the White House moved in swift and hard to back McConnell's plans to filibuster the bill to death, calling it unconstitutional. Torture's not; stealing elections, not, getting rid of habeas corpus is not, illegal wiretaps, not; but letting more African-Americans vote... well what would Roger Taney say about anything so outrageous?

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At 3:22 PM, Blogger Jimmy the Saint said...

It's for stuff like this where I wish the Dems would have taken Frist up on his threat to go nuclear.

At 7:46 PM, Blogger Mike Licht, said...

I guess Rep. Louie Gohmert (R, TX-01) who proposed adding 44 congressional districts for U.S. military bases didn't vote in hometown Tyler elections when he was a US Army Captain. He could have. Of course his Army buddies from DC were SOL, though -- no vote in congress.

These's more:

"But I would submit to you that Washington, D.C. is also the only city in the entire country that every Senator and every Member of Congress has a vested interest in seeing that it works properly, that water works, sewer works, and no other city in America has that."

-- Representative Louie Gohmert (R, TX-01), arguing against voting representation in Congress for the citizens of Washington, DC, in the Congressional Record, March 22, 2007, H2845.

Gohmert is a former Eagle Scout and jusge, and teaches Sunday School, so DC residents should take him at his word -- he'll take care of us. Give Eleanor a rest and contact Louie if you've got a beef with the Feds -- Louie has a vote!

Call Louie Gohmert if you have problems with water, sewer, trash, and parking, too. His DC office is at 202-225-3035 (be nice). If you can't get through, call Louie's East Texas offices toll free at 1-866-535-6302. Operators are standing by! And thank those nice East Texas folks for sharing their congressman.


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