Crossposted from Democratic Convention Watch
It's rare that I agree with something a Republican says on an issue. But yesterday, there it was, in a “protest” statement from Louis Gohmert. What he said was:
“…not only should we not eliminate the word ‘lunatic’ from federal law when the most pressing issue of the day is saving our country from bankruptcy, we should use the word to describe the people who want to continue with business as usual in Washington.”
He said this in a statement on why he cast the lone vote in the House against removing the word “lunatic” from all Federal legislation. Because yes kids, it's true: instead of voting on taxes, the debt ceiling, climate change, aid to Sandy victims, etc., etc., etc., the House voted 398 – 1 to remove the word “lunatic” from all Federal legislation.
The Federal lunatic of the day was Mitch McConnell, by the way. He put forth a piece of legislation that would have allowed the president to raise the debt ceiling unless Congress objected with a 2/3 vote. Harry Reid decided to bring it to the floor, so McConnell filibustered it. Whole story here. Yes, really.
Jim DeMint is leaving the Senate in early January to head the Heritage Foundation. It's not really a move for him, as his 8 years in the Senate have been dedicated NOT to legislation (which actually is the job of Senators) but to put forth the teabag agenda, which is STOPPING government from doing anything. It's a great day for the Senate. Nikki Haley has said she won't appoint herself to the interim position. Stephen Colbert wants it, but she likely won't pick him. He'd actually be a good Senator. He'd have to give up his TV show, though…
So much for the day's lunatics.