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NJ lawmaker: Impeachment "clearly" an option if #Bridgegate scandal ties back to Christie


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Is it too early to use the "I" word (no, not the "I" word that Chris Christie used hundreds of times in his vanity presser, the other "I" word: Impeachment) regarding "Bridgegate"? Apparently not.


And a top New Jersey lawmaker issued a warning to the embattled governor on Saturday. New Jersey Assemblyman John Wisniewski, the Democrat who chairs the legislative panel that is investigating the lane closures, told NBC News that Christie could face impeachment if it is revealed the governor had knowledge of the alleged plot to get political revenge against the Democratic mayor of Fort Lee.

“Having people use their official position to have a political game is a crime. So if those tie back to the governor in any way, it clearly becomes an impeachable offense,” Wisniewski said in an interview. He also said he finds it “implausible” that Christie really didn’t know what his close aides were up to.

To catch you up on some of the latest details, here is today's Chris Christie #Bridgegate round-up.

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Tom Coburn Has Lost His Mind


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From the Bible, Luke 4:23 (King James Version):

And he said unto them, Ye will surely say unto me this proverb, Physician, heal thyself: whatsoever we have heard done in Capernaum, do also here in thy country.

I'm not big on the bible, or as Bill Maher calls it, "the Book of Jewish Fairy Tales."

That said, there are some very fine thoughts, mixed in with some of the more outrageous parables. These recountings and fanciful ditties make for some interesting and thought-provoking storytelling. So much so that millions dedicate their lives to it. It's right up there with Harry Potter.

But trying to believe in the entire work and using it as the beacon of how we should live our lives is a bit incongruous, a substantial stretch to this agnostic. Maybe it's meant to be taken with a grain of salt. Let's ask Lot and his wife, (who BTW, Jesus left nameless. Leave it to a guy.)

Tom Coburn, MD

Now let's talk about Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) and how he fits into this bible diatribe. He's a physician by trade. Yeah, that windbag actually went to medical school and passed his medical board exams. Fortunately, he no longer practices. It could be because his Oklahoma State Board of Medical Licensing now requires doctors to pass a psychological evaluation every five years.

This could pose a challenge for this member of the flat-earth society.

Here's some of his latest rubbish. Let's take climate change. It's a scientific topic, he's an educated man of science, this should be right up his ally. When asked about it recently, he didn't mince words when it comes to his position on climate change.

“I am a global warming denier. I don’t deny that,” he said during a Monday speech at the Tulsa Regional Chamber of Commerce, according to the Tulsa World.

He's not only a global warming denier, he's gone to the other extreme.  Also to the Tulsa World News:

Coburn leaned on his science credentials to assert that evidence shows the Earth is headed for a “mini-ice age.”

Sadly this isn't an isolated incident of TC's craziness. It's brought down the House (in laughter) with his all out lies that reconstructive surgery after breast cancer won't be covered under Obamacare... or how so many girls are lesbians, teachers in school will only let one girl at a time go to the bathroom. At least I hope he means at a time and not just one girl get's to go per day. Watch this short clip and I promise you'll be shaking your head just as Rachel Maddow does hers.

Now if this isn't enough to make you question his sanity (and hence his fear of taking he psychological evaluation for re-licensing) he's added to his craziness the proponent position on an Obama impeachment. He tagged with his suggestion we move ahead with this charge with the fact he's not a lawyer so he doesn't know on what grounds. But as a doctor, he feels he does. Really? There's a blood test for that, Tom? Look out world. Obama's got IPTIB disorder -- iron poor, tired impeachment blood. Let's boot him out of office.

I quote it again, "Physician, heal thyself."

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What is it they say, Dr. Tom, "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure?" The prevention in this case is a muzzle. You're from the Sooner State. You've probably got all sorts of muzzles hanging around. Pick one and use it. Thank you.


The Men In White Suits Are Looking For Tom Coburn


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Oh, boy. Given free time gives credence to the adage, "idle time is the devil's workshop." Sadly, one of the more reasonable minds on the GOP side of the aisle, Tom Coburn, has succumbed. He either fell off the wagon and is back drinking or he's just lost it. Either way, he no longer has any reach with sanity.

He's lost it. Gone off the deep end. He even admits he's not in any position to make the claims of impeachment, lacking the legal background. Then seconds later, he makes the claim.

See for yourself. If you look closely you'll see he's got the shakes, his voice is quivering, his facial expression give the impression he doesn't even know where he is.

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Cruz'in For A Bruisin'


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Politically or intellectually, Rafael Edward "Ted" Cruz is quite savvy. He rose from total obscurity on the public level to being what Chris Hayes classifies as the most dangerous Republican in the world, all in the blink of an eye.

He's got some obstacles to overcome in his race for the White House but he's taking them one at a time. There's his citizenship problem. That'll be relatively easy to clear up -- but make no mistake, he hasn't yet filed the paperwork and it'll take a $100 filing fee, a four page document to be filled out and a waiting period for the Canadian Immigration department to act on it. That could take between 4 weeks to 9 months. But it's all pro-forma.  Standard stuff. But until that has been completed, he's still a dual citizen.

But the larger problem for Cruz is also foreign -- the truth. He's alien to that concept and lately has become more and more estranged from it. Two issues that are commonly, if not almost exclusively discussed by the junior senator are the inflammatory bombastic attacks he's made on two fronts -- Obamacare and impeaching Obama.

Cruz's choice is to inflame the "unwashed" with rhetoric-filled lies and purposeful misleads -- Tea Party politics 101.  This is easily corrected, but if the truth be told, it will totally take away any reason to vote for the populist Texan.

Nicole Wallace, on Morning Joe, has addressed both of the aforementioned lies Rafael has been spreading-- Obamacare can be defunded and Obama can be impeached.

We know the lies, but now lets hear the truth.

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Pandering to the audience is the red meat of Republican right-wing tactics. Sadly, there's an ignorant group of followers that comprise this faction of the Republican party. It's really a very small portion of the whole, but somehow they've taken over. The GOP has seded control of their future to these miscreants.

What the GOP needs is a true message. They've got a lot of messengers, but no consistency in what their view is for the future. They're devoid of concrete plans. They choose instead to re-litigate and re-argue lost battles. What is their plan for the future?

Sadly, they don't have one, and that's why they're losing. The party of "NO" should become the party of "Here's What We're Going To Do," but their collective brain trust is stymied. And the reason they listen to Cruz and his lies is the same reason that the tea party exists. The GOP is devoid of vision and visionaries.


Michael Steele Yourself Away



Michael Steele isn't one of my favorites, but when he hits it out of the park, he deserves the "Back,back, back... it's gone!" shout. Good for you, Michael. Now what are you going to do about it?

He's rightfully riled because Rep. Blake Farenthold, a Texas Republican, told a town hall filled with constituents that he could have the votes to impeach the president “tomorrow” in the House, but it would die in the Senate.

It's nice to see Steele, the usually biased but level headed former RNC chairman put partisanship away and face reality. When he isn't playing a Republican on TV, he's just a regular guy and he's not only quite likable but also very intelligent. And he can be a pleasure sometimes to listen to.

That makes him a minority (in more than one way) in his party. And with his eyes on an elected office from Maryland, it'll be interesting to see if he uses his pulpit for more than just talk. Let's see if he gets through to his party better than his heir, Reince Priebus.


VIDEO-- Here we go again. TX GOP Rep. Blake Farenthold: House has votes to impeach Pres. Obama "tomorrow"


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The video is from a town hall meeting in Luling, Texas. Rep. Blake Farenthal responded to a constituent who asked if he would support an investigation into whether Obama forged his birth certificate. Neanderthal Farenthal agreed to check out a 57-page affidavit from (wait for it) Lt. Mike Zullo, Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s Cold Case Posse lead investigator. Apparently it contains proof that President Obama's birth certificate is fake.

Of course it does. Does it also say he's black? Because that's really the point, isn't it?

The Hill:

GOP Rep. Blake Farenthold (Texas) said House Republicans have enough votes to impeach President Obama, but warned the effort to remove him from office would be unsuccessful and could damage the country.

If we were to impeach the president tomorrow, you could probably get the votes in the House of Representatives to do it,” Farenthold said at an Aug. 10 town-hall meeting.

At first, Farenthold had pangs of regret that Congress didn't pursue the president's Kenyanage during the 2008 campaign, but then he felt it necessary to explain why Republicans didn't try to impeach.

See, the country would be harmed if they did that, see, because the House would have rabidly hunted down Obama like an animal, but then the clearly misguided Senate-- controlled by Dems-- would have made them look like the bottom-feeders they are.

What message do we send to America if we impeach Obama and he gets away with what he’s impeached for and is found innocent?” Farenthold said.

Ooo! Ooo! Pick me! I know! I know! The message would be that birthers need lobotomies!

Follow the link to see which other House Republicans are salivating over totally groundless impeachment proceedings and therefore have no right to hold public office.



VIDEO: Bush A.G. Michael Mukasey bursts right wing impeachment bubble


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Video via Media Matters

Guess who was on Sean Hannity's Tee Vee show? Former Bush Attorney General Michael Mukasey.

Guess who blew a big fat hole (no pun) in all those right wing talking points about the unconstitutionality of President Obama's gun violence prevention initiatives? Former Bush Attorney General Michael Mukasey.

So much for the all those impeachment fantasies.

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Poor Sean.

Poor gun zealots.

Poor NRA.


"I don’t think it’s unconstitutional in the sense that I don’t think it’s something you could get a court to find unconstitutional. We can have a debate about whether it’s consistent with the constitution or not, but there is a limited number of things that'll get you into court to have that decided, and I don’t think any of the things you’ve enumerated are among them."

I can hear the Second Amendment misinterpreters now:

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Need more, righties? Here's Reagan’s solicitor general Charles Fried, via Think Progress and WaPo:

These are either standard exercises of presidential power, or even more benignly, standard examples of the power of the president to exhort the public or state officials to be aware of certain problems and to address them."

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