Capitol Chill

From the Tri-City Herald:

WASHINGTON The House voted Thursday to hold two of President Bush’s confidants in contempt for failing to cooperate with an inquiry into whether a purge of federal prosecutors was politically motivated.

Angry Republicans boycotted the vote and staged a walkout.

(Oh, how I wished the steps of the Capitol had been really, really icy!)
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The vote was 223-32 to hold White House chief of staff Josh Bolten and former White House counsel Harriet Miers in contempt. The citations charge Miers with failing to testify and accuse her and Bolten of refusing Congress’ demands for documents related to the 2006-2007 firings.

Republicans said Democrats should instead be working on extending a law – set to expire Saturday – allowing the government to eavesdrop on phone calls and e-mails in the United States in cases of suspected terrorist activity.

“We have space on the calendar today for a politically charged fishing expedition, but no space for a bill that would protect the American people from terrorists who want to kill us,” said Minority Leader John A. Boehner, R-Ohio.

“Let’s just get up and leave,” he told his colleagues, before storming out of the House chamber with scores of Republicans in tow.

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Democrats said they were acting to protect Congress’ constitutional prerogatives.

“No one is immune from accountability and the rule of law, not Harriet Miers or Josh Bolten, and especially not President Bush or Vice President Cheney,” said Rep. Robert Wexler, D-Fla.

The White House said the Justice Department would not ask the U.S. attorney to pursue the House contempt charges. However, the measure would allow the House to bring its own lawsuit on the matter.


Under former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, Justice Department officials consulted with the White House, fired at least nine federal prosecutors and kindled a political furor over a hiring process that favored Republican loyalists.

Bush’s former top political adviser, Karl Rove, has also been a target of Congress’ investigation into the purge of prosecutors, although Thursday’s measure was not aimed at him.


The contempt debate sparked an unusually bitter scene even in the fractious House. Democrats accused Republicans of marring the Capitol memorial for their fallen colleague Rep. Tom Lantos, D-Calif., by interrupting it with a protest vote. GOP leaders shot back that it was Democrats who were responsible for dishonoring Lantos, by calling the House into session for the contempt debate before the service had ended.

It’s not clear that contempt of Congress citations must be prosecuted. The law says the U.S. attorney “shall” bring the matter to a grand jury.


On Thursday, three Republicans joined 220 Democrats to support the contempt resolution, including Rep. Walter B. Jones of North Carolina, presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul of Texas and Rep. Wayne T. Gilchrest of Maryland, who was defeated this week in a primary. One Republican, Rep. Jon Porter of Nevada, voted “present.”


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9 responses to “Capitol Chill

  1. nightowl724

    You are too much, nonnie! I especially love the post title and that pile of elephant shit on the cover.

    It’s so disgusting when these rethugs work up a case of righteous indignation, what with them being among the most criminal and unholy beings on earth and in history.

  2. nonnie9999

    you like that title, nightowl? i was wracking my brain trying to think of a good title, and my mind went completely blank. it finally came down to a choice between capitol chill and capitol schleps. i wasn’t really thrilled with either of them. i was also having a hard time trying to figure out which of the rethugs i was going to put in the pic. boohoo boehner was a given, but then i had to try to make out who was in the picture of all of them standing out on the steps. i finally figured out that heather wilson was standing there. i was also going to use roy blunt, but i couldn’t find a pic where he was facing the right way and not smiling, so i settled for darrell issa. not that anyone asked….
    having the podium and the microphones waiting on the steps made the whole thing look like a stunt, which is exactly what it was. you can’t practice righteous indignation. either you gots it or you don’t gots it, but it doesn’t rear its head with let’s just get up and leave and finish with a speech on the capitol steps. slam a fist on a desk. speak with moral outrage. but don’t stand there shivering, looking like assholes. šŸ˜†

  3. nightowl724

    You know what? I like Capitol Schleps so much, I positively insist that you find a way to use it! And, I find the devil-is-in-the-details stuff fascinating. But then, I don’t get out much…

    I’m a-thinkin’ that these boehne-heads missed the seminar at the Republican National Convention called How to Stage Realistic-Looking Righteous Indignation: Part I, The Basics.

  4. Got a Grip

    LOL!! nightowl, you crack me up.

    nons, great work. This was one of the most craven examples of rethug manipulation they’ve ever been foolish enough to dramatize. Roy Blunt would have been perfect, even smiling. He’s sleaze personified.

    This would actually have been a really clever stunt on their part had they not stupidly made sure there was a podium set up on the steps to give them away. Because what they’ve done is cover their asses on all fronts. They don’t want Bush usurping their congressional powers any more than the Dems do. But how do you show the proper outrage that you need to be seen as standing up for your idiot boy king and yet keep from having to vote to save the power that you know you’ll need someday? You stage a fake walkout! You know that the legislation will pass whether you stay or leave, so just get up and walk out and let it pass. This way you’re seen as having stood against something you’re really for. The MSM will do the rest for you, making it look like evil Dems have pushed you to do something bad that is really something good and you’re just not going to stand for it, and you’ll get all the good press. Unfortunately, the waiting podium kills it somewhat. Sure, ABC and Fox will report it the way you want it, but others with a modicum of conscience and intelligence are going to pick up on this as being the stunt that it is and rat you out.

    This is just another example of why they should all be voted out. They’re too stupid to pull off a manipulative stunt that a five-year-old could have done better. Idiots.

  5. nightowl724

    What scares me, gotta, is that (after so many years of Republican “leadership”) your explanation of their twisted think makes perfect sense to me. I could never have been a psychoanalyst. It makes me feel kind of dirty getting into the minds of criminals and psychopaths…

    Do you remember this line from Saturday Night Live? It suits the Republican Party to a T. Yeah. THAT’S the ticket!

  6. nonnie9999

    i’m not sure if most of the idiots really want power. they just want to stay in their jobs so that the lobbyists will court them and give them really lucrative jobs once they leave congress. they cannot think for themselves, so they follow boohoo boehner out to the capitol steps. now, maybe i missed the weather bulletin, but isn’t it cold in dc? why was it necessary to go outside? the hallway wouldn’t do? i hope they all get really, really bad colds.
    next time, maybe they will realize that they can hold their breath until they turn blue if they want to act like children. they don’t have to stand outside and allow the cold to turn them a nice shade of indigo.

    what really scares me is that there are still idiots who fall for this melodramatic bullshit.

  7. Got a Grip

    Oh, I think they still want to hold onto their power, nons. Otherwise, the lobbyists won’t come a-callin’. But they’re not willing to show they’re going against Commander Codpiece because that would imply that they’ve all been up to no good, and we can’t have that. No, they must hold on to the illusion (or is it delusion) that they’re doing what’s best for us because they think we’re too stupid to find that out on our own. Evil is too good a word for them. Idiot is too good a word for them. Even combining it into a compound form, as in EVIL IDIOT, is too damned good for them. I’m not sure there’s a word to describe how reprehensible and cynical their behavior is.

  8. nonnie9999

    i agree with you that the rethug party as a whole wants to hold on to their power. i was referring to some of the individual idiots who are in congress, due only to the fact that they were very good boys and girls and listened to the people who are really in control. have you listened to some of these idiots? they have no real agendas and no true convictions. they are told by the powers that be and the pollsters how they are supposed to feel about issues. did you see the idiot on the colbert report who was spouting off the need to have the 10 commandments plastered everywhere? oh, he was adamant, but when asked to name the 10 commandments, he couldn’t.
    probably 75% or more of the idiots who walked out didn’t know why they were doing it. they were simply told to do it, and they obeyed.

  9. Got a Grip

    Yep, on that we can agree. They tow the party line no matter what. They wouldn’t know a genuine conviction or principle if it kicked them in the ass.

    I did see that idiot on Colbert. You’d think if you’re going to run around spouting off like that you’d at least be able to remember what was so important about spouting off about it. People like that can’t name the 10 commandments because they don’t live them. It just sounds like a good idea to win over their fundie voting block.