Thursday, January 6, 2011

Right Out of the Gate...

...cometh the Republican assclowns. At least you can't accuse these guys of not wanting to get right to work.

Perhaps I'm a little rusty in my Constitutional law but isn't it illegal to vote on something in Congress if you're not, you know, sworn in or something? Apparently, that lesson was lost on incumbent Pete Sessions of Texas and "freshman" congressman Mike Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, who cast votes relating to the repeal of health care before they were even sworn in. Sessions, an incumbent, definitely should've known better and so should Fitzpatrick, for that matter, who's already been in Congress.

So where were they when they should've been getting sworn in?
The Republicans, incumbent Pete Sessions of Texas and freshman Mike Fitzpatrick, missed the swearing in because they were at a fundraiser in the Capitol Visitors Center. The pair watched the swearing-in on television from the Capitol Visitors Center with their hands raised.

That's right. The party the Young Guns swore wouldn't be doing business as usual was doing business as usual and they'd cast their illegal votes on the very same day the Republican Party was piously reading the Constitution to reaffirm their patriotism.

But at least they were cognizant that they weren't legitimate. So, shades of Bill Frist who'd diagnosed Terri Schiavo off a monitor six years ago, they dutifully raised their hands before a TV showing the swearing in ceremony because if you see something on TV, then it must be real. Unfortunately, the TV was invented long after the Constitution and there's no provision in it that says, "All duly elected members of the House of Representatives need not be present during their own swearing in ceremony and can merely take the oath at their inauguration either by proxy or before a Boob Tube."

This is going to be an entertaining two years.

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