On Wednesday, Democratic representative Sheila Jackson Lee spoke out against Speaker John Boehner’s lawsuit against President Obama for executive overreach. She argued that the lawsuit was a “veiled attempt for impeachment” because it “undermines the law that allows a president to do his job.” She then made the following claim:
A historical fact: President Bush pushed this nation into a war that had little to do with apprehending terrorists. We did not seek an impeachment of President Bush, because, as an executive, he had his authority. President Obama has the authority.
But, as BuzzFeed’s Katherine Miller points out, Democrats, did, in fact, attempt to impeach former president George W. Bush, and Sheila Jackson Lee happened to be a cosponsor of the bill:
You may remember Representative Jackson Lee from other hilarious gaffes, such as 2010’s “today, we have two Vietnams, side by side, North and South, exchanging and working” and her 1997 claim that Lance Armstrong had walked on Mars.
Ed Frank, a consultant specializing in video messaging, bumped into Democratic Congresswomen Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas and Jan Schakowsky of Illinois on Capitol Hill today. He asked, in light of their denunciation of Rush Limbaugh, whether they feel the same about Bill Maher’s crude comments that former Gov. Sarah Palin is a “c***” and a “dumb tw**” and whether Obama’s SuperPAC should return Maher’s $1 million donation.
Unsurprisingly, they refused to answer the question . . . repeatedly . . . for several minutes . . . until it became rather embarrassing.
I do feel a bit bad for Schakowsky, who so steadfastly ignores the question that she realizes, halfway through the interaction, that she’s walking away from the building where she intended to enter.
A Schakowsky aide urges Frank to call the office for a comment, which seems strange, considering how he has the congresswoman right in front of him, and has asked her several times at that point.
“I’m not making a comment,” she said after a few moments of Frank repeatedly asking about the matter. “I have no comment.”
At this moment, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is running a petition “calling on Republican leaders to publicly denounce Rush Limbaugh’s cruel tirade against women.” And as noted earlier, Bill Maher is performing at a fundraiser for the Alabama Democratic party later this month.
But only that particular cruel tirade against women. Bill Maher’s cruel tirades are perfectly fine.
THE DNC today opens an “iReport” for politics — a website that a party official says will be “devoted to citizens uploading content from political events, including audio and video — a central resource to hold Republicans accountable for misleading claims, lies, and unseemly behavior . . . We can’t afford to depend on the media or campaign trackers to be present and capture every extreme position taken, . . . so this site . . . will increase the number of people out there who with nothing more than a smart phone at hand can hold Republicans accountable.”
Good idea, fellows. You never know when you’ll see something like this: