Texas Congressman Steve Stockman (R-TX) was upset about gun control measures that President Obama might be pushing. "I will seek to thwart this action by any means necessary," he threatened, and that included "even filing articles of impeachment."
Given that impeachment is voted on by the Senate, not the House -- and it requires a two-thirds majority, and the Democrats control the Senate with 55 votes, I'm just going to go out on a limb here that as far as threats go, this is just below a five-year-old saying he'll hold his breath until he gets his way.
Of course, the funniest thing isn't that at all. It's that even if Rep. Stockman's crazed fantasy came true, and President Obama was impeached, the person who would replaced would be Vice-President Joe Biden -- the person who headed the panel to put together the very gun control Mr. Stockman is pissed off about.
With the Inauguration just days away in their city, the Washington Post had a story this morning about the still-persistent clack of Americans who believe that Barack Obama isn't a legitimate president and are hoping he he won't be inaugurated. (Sorry, re-inaugurated.) One of the quotes was, “Let’s face it, this is a man very deep into an ideology that is not American,” said the Rev. Clenard Childress, a New Jersey minister.
Unlike his ideology, of course, Christianity, which began in Medora, Kansas.
The Huffington Post had a headline on their front page that said Lady Gaga had an "Embarrassing" wardrobe malfunction, when her pants split in the back when she was onstage, and included a photo.
The woman wears dresses made of meat. And they think she could have any sort of wardrobe issue that she'd consider "embarrassing." Actually, the only embarrassing thing about this story is that it was on the homepage of the Huffington Post. With a photo.
After the Golden Globes extravaganza, one of Sarah Palin's advisers, Jason Recher, was upset at the results. (I mean, honestly, who gets upset at the results of the Golden Globes? If he wanted a different outcome, he should have just sent nice watches to the judges. It's worked in the past.) He told CNN --
"It comes as no surprise that the Hollywood Foreign Press recognized another Hollywood group, HBO, for their work of fiction and awarded a prize for best fictional filmmaking. The reality was an original American story, not a screenplay by people who only imagined events to fit their fiction."
Actually, the Hollywood Foreign Press is more a "foreign" group" than a Hollywood insider one. Actually, they're more a coffee klatch than an insider group of anything. And -- actually -- HBO isn't a Hollywood group at all, but they're based in New York. (At 1100 Avenue of the Americas, for those keeping score. And seeking accuracy.) For what it's worth, every award winner of the Golden Globes, Oscars, Emmys, Peoples Choice Awards, WGA Awards and SAG Awards wins for fictional filmmaking. Unless they made a non-fiction documentary.
As for his last sentence, though, I don't know why Mr. Recher started talking about Game Change, and then suddenly began referencing the movie, Lincoln. Or maybe he meant Argo. Or maybe Hyde Park on the Hudson. Or 2016: Obama's America. Oh, wait, sorry, that one was supposed to be a non-fiction documentary.
I just have a feeling he was upset that Tina Fey was hosting, and he thought it was Ms. Palin herself and got confused.
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Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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