Rudeness, Rebuttal, and Royalty

From Babylon Dictionary:

magpie
Noun
1. long-tailed black-and-white bird that utters a chattering call
…snip…
3. an obnoxious and foolish and loquacious talker
(synonym) chatterer, babbler, prater, chatterbox, spouter

From Sex-Lexis:

schmekel:
1. A penis , diminutive for of the Yiddish schmuck . See penis for synonyms.

2. A stupid person.


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Sept. 10 (Bloomberg) — South Carolina Republican Joe Wilson broke with decorum and shouted out that President Barack Obama was telling a “lie” as the president addressed Congress on health care last night, drawing a rebuke from his own party.

Wilson, a U.S. representative since 2001, later called the White House and apologized “for this lack of civility” in a conversation with Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.

…snip…

Wilson shouted “you lie” at a point in the speech when Obama said his plan to extend insurance coverage “would not apply to those who are here illegally.”

Obama briefly paused after the outburst and some Democrats responded with booing. Wilson’s conduct was denounced by Democrats and Republicans.

Senator John McCain of Arizona, Obama’s Republican opponent in the 2008 presidential race, called Wilson’s outburst “totally disrespectful.”

…snip…

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, a Maryland Democrat, said he’s attended some 40 presidential speeches during his 28 years in the chamber and Wilson’s conduct was unprecedented.

“I’ve never heard a member discredit the House, demean the House in that manner,” Hoyer said.

Wilson, 62, is in his fifth term in the House. He previously served 16 years in the South Carolina Senate.

The Rethuglican response to President Obama’s address to Congress was given by Louisiana Congressman Charles Boustany. Here’s a snippet of the text of his speech:

Blah, blah, blah.

Now let’s get to the good stuff. From PUBLIC CAMPAIGN ACTION FUND:

According to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics, Rep. Boustany has received $1,256,056 from health and insurance interests since first being elected in 2004. The total counts for more than 20 percent of all of his fundraising.

“There is a conflict of interest when members of Congress stand before the public and recite the same talking points put forth by lobbyists and the heads of insurance and HMO giants opposing health care legislation,” commented David Donnelly, national campaigns director of Public Campaign Action Fund. “Rep. Boustany has taken more than $160,000 in campaign contributions from insurance and HMO interests alone. Do you think he’ll disclose that to his national audience tonight? […]”

From POLITICO:

Boustany, a little-known third-term congressman from Lafayette, Louisiana, was seen as an unorthodox choice to deliver the GOP rebuttal – a privilege often reserved for high-profile party leaders.

As he prepared for his speech, Boustany found himself under fire from political opponents for suggesting at one point that he was unsure whether Obama was born in the United States. Earlier Wednesday, House Minority Leader John Boehner was asked in a pre-speech news conference whether he was aware that Boustany had flirted with the “birther” movement. Boehner said he was not.

There has also been scrutiny of Boustany’s medical record, with reports surfacing that he was the defendant in at least three malpractice lawsuits in his two-decade career.

And Democrats were quick to pounce Wednesday on reports that Boustany has aspired to British nobility before his career in Congress.

“Given the Republican Party’s fear mongering and countless lies aimed at killing health insurance reform, it’s not surprising they chose ‘Lord’ Boustany – whose extreme ‘Birther’ beliefs are outside the mainstream – to respond to the president of the United States,” said Ryan Rudominer, a spokesman for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

I know, as I watched his rebuttal tonight, I said to myself, “Oh lordy, lordy!” What’s that all about? From POLITICO:

With Rep. Charles Boustany in the news, A Democrat forwards over one of the great all-time opposition research finds in a (somewhat confusing) story from the Advocate of Baton Rouge dated October 19, 2004:

Here’s the allegation and rebuttal:

The national Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee alleges Republican 7th Congressional District candidate Charles Boustany Jr. aspired to British nobility before making a run for U.S. Congress….

Greg Speed with the DCCC said late last week that researchers for the party has turned up a 1995 lawsuit Boustany, a recently retired heart surgeon, filed in Louisiana’s 15th Judicial District against two men in Britain for defrauding him in a $50,000 investment and in the $18,500 purchase of a “title.”

Court records back that up, to a point. The two men from England – Martin Lewis and Stefanos Kollakis – were charged and found guilty in an English court in the mid-1990s for having sold bogus British noble titles to several Americans, among other nationalities.

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Boustany said the DCCC has got the story wrong on a couple of counts.

He said he and his wife, Bridget, got in on what turned out to be a doubly bad investment.

They invested $50,000 in a company that turned out to be fraudulent, for one part, and for the other, Bridget wanted to go through the same people to make him a gift of some historical papers and books.

Boustany said that’s what the term “title” in the lawsuit applies to, ownership of the papers that his wife tried to buy for him to celebrate his having been named as king of a local Mardi Gras krewe, the Krewe of Troubadours.

…snip…

Boustany said he only got about one-fourth of the documents and books promised, so he sued.

None of those documents, he said, dealt with giving him any kind of noble title in the United Kingdom.

Speed said Boustany’s argument rebutting the DCCC claim is a “distinction without a difference.”

He said that Lewis and Kollakis were in the business of providing phony bona-fides for people wanting to buy British lordships, and that if Boustany was promised documents, that’s what they had to do with.

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20 responses to “Rudeness, Rebuttal, and Royalty

  1. As much as I hate what these Republican rubes are doing, I realize the ruder and more obnoxious they get, the more reasonable people will turn against them and vote for more evolved candidates.
    In the Republican party, the lunatics are definitely running the asylum.
    Any short term gain the GOP got from characters like these and Sarah Palin was shown to be a long term loss for them in the 2008 elections.
    The GOP nutters are ruining the party. More power to ’em.

    • the rethugs who still have a patina of respectability left are doing themselves a disservice by not coming out and denouncing this moron. it would be a real mavericky move to call wilson what he is–a racist asshole. too bad there are no mavericks in the rethug party.

  2. jeb

    What? No pants on fire? Hang ’em on a telephone wire?

  3. Paul Krugman figured out the GOP was a cartoon of a party when he wrote: “The party of ideas has become the party of Beavis and Butthead.” Speaking of which, ever used those two worthless Texas teenagers for a poster?

  4. Health care or not, I’m partisan to a president that can lower my taxes and fix what the housing market “greed” created… Just get the job market back up and avoid more scams…including “communism”

  5. A new low!

    Thanks for the rebuttal recap…. most informative!

  6. a lot of the GOP acted incredibly rude on Wed nite – cantor was on the blackberry, shimkus walked out, others grumbled. it was a tour de force of racism –

    i like how the media is now gotten around to ‘speculating’ if it is racism

    i think used car salesmen are higher up the brain pole

    • i laughed whenever the camera panned the rethug side. i couldn’t wait to see what they were doing. i cracked up to see lindseypoo and the ‘almost’ clap, eric cantor texing, and the others looking like they had poopy pants and couldn’t wait to get their diapers changed. they looked so foolish and immature. they should be embarrassed, but they don’t have enough class even for that.

  7. Stupidity should be declared a pre-existing condition. It is, isn’t it?

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