GOP Congressman Calls Pelosi "Enemy Of The Constitution"

Apparently in need of a fundraising outrage, Congressman Paul Broun (R-GA) said:

We've got a lot of domestic enemies of the Constitution and one of those sits in the speaker's chair of the United States Congress, Nancy Pelosi.

Censure? Apologies? Denouncing? Aren't we tired of all the poutrage? Of course Broun is an idiot. But my gawd, we have serious issues in this country and are wasting half of our time on this type of nonsense. In any event, I am pretty sure Dems will make a big deal out of it and probably should politically speaking. But I am tired of it.

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    This is not as bad (5.00 / 3) (#4)
    by Steve M on Thu Oct 08, 2009 at 11:35:28 AM EST
    as that line about wanting McChrystal to put the Speaker in her place.  That was worth a little outrage IMO.

    Ah, correction -- I see it was the NRCC (5.00 / 1) (#7)
    by Cream City on Thu Oct 08, 2009 at 11:42:19 AM EST
    the fine leadership of the GOP that called for the military to put Pelosi in her place.

    Guess they missed the bumper sticker that a woman's place IS in the House . . . and the Senate.  And the White House, according to the bumper sticker, but this country is not as smart as a car bumper.


    I do not think (none / 0) (#11)
    by Steve M on Thu Oct 08, 2009 at 11:46:21 AM EST
    that General McC would get so much love from our Militarytracy were he prone to such crude utterances himself!

    No that would pretty much (none / 0) (#27)
    by Socraticsilence on Thu Oct 08, 2009 at 01:09:17 PM EST
    be a straight up career ender for someone who actually has accountability and is expected to display a modicum of professionalism.

    Good response from Pelosi (5.00 / 1) (#32)
    by MO Blue on Thu Oct 08, 2009 at 01:38:11 PM EST
    It's really sad that they really don't understand how inappropriate that is. I'm in my place. I'm the speaker of the House -- the first woman speaker of the House. And I'm in my place because the House of Representatives voted me there. link

    Good. (none / 0) (#33)
    by ruffian on Thu Oct 08, 2009 at 01:47:12 PM EST
    that hits the nail on the head, as we were saying in another thread.

    My, how Olbermannesque of him (none / 0) (#5)
    by Cream City on Thu Oct 08, 2009 at 11:39:49 AM EST
    but that's what happens when such comments are rewarded.  I had missed that one from McChrystal and will go google for it to add to my list; thanks for the heads-up.

    Was the GOP (5.00 / 1) (#6)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Thu Oct 08, 2009 at 11:41:03 AM EST
    Not McChrystal.

    did you see (none / 0) (#8)
    by Capt Howdy on Thu Oct 08, 2009 at 11:43:33 AM EST
    the hour long "special comment" last night?

    shades of Fidel Castro.
    was interesting though.


    Watching the Yanks (none / 0) (#9)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Thu Oct 08, 2009 at 11:45:18 AM EST
    it was (5.00 / 1) (#12)
    by Capt Howdy on Thu Oct 08, 2009 at 11:49:38 AM EST
    Why would anyone give Olberman an (5.00 / 1) (#22)
    by Inspector Gadget on Thu Oct 08, 2009 at 12:32:15 PM EST
    hour of their valuable time? His opinion isn't worth squat.

    well (none / 0) (#24)
    by Capt Howdy on Thu Oct 08, 2009 at 12:59:24 PM EST
    I admit I got sucked in for the train wreck potential and was a little surprised.  he spent an hour talking sometimes in very personal terms - his father is dying apparently - about the health care debate.

    the most interesting thing to come out of it I thought was his suggestion that to pressure blue dog dems free health clinics should be set up in their districts just to show them how much need there really is.

    he is raising money to do it I guess.


    details (none / 0) (#28)
    by Capt Howdy on Thu Oct 08, 2009 at 01:15:13 PM EST
    The specific tactic, as Olbermann explained, is to target six Democratic senators -Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor, D-Ark., Max Baucus, D-Mont., Ben Nelson, D-Neb., Mary Landrieu, D-La. and Harry Reid, D-Nev., by shaming them with these free clinics.

    "I want Sens. Lincoln and Pryor to see what health care poverty is really like in Little Rock," Olbermann said. "I want Sen. Baucus to see it in Butte. I want Sen. Ben Nelson to see it in Lincoln. I want Sen. Landrieu to see it in Baton Rouge. I want Sen. Reid to see it in Las Vegas."

    And Olbermann admitted he would participate in this endeavor, all in the name of battling big insurance.

    "I'll donate," he said. "How much will you donate?

    orange (none / 0) (#29)
    by Capt Howdy on Thu Oct 08, 2009 at 01:16:36 PM EST
    Got that; thanks and see below (none / 0) (#14)
    by Cream City on Thu Oct 08, 2009 at 11:55:43 AM EST
    when our comments must have crossed at almost the same time.

    Fundraising gimic (5.00 / 2) (#16)
    by ruffian on Thu Oct 08, 2009 at 12:00:17 PM EST
    I'm tired of it too. It has come to the point where the statements->outrage->fundraising on both sides is so predictable that it is just a game and a gimic for these people.  Just a way for someone no one has ever heard of to get his 5 minutes of fame.  If there is any response,  I'd like to see a response to that effect from Speaker Pelosi.

    Foot in Mouth Desease (5.00 / 1) (#19)
    by mmc9431 on Thu Oct 08, 2009 at 12:09:30 PM EST
    The more these GOP fools put their foot in their mouths, the less credibility the GOP will have. The people that should be muzzling them is the GOP leadership, not the Democrat's.

    Comments like this may play well with the radical fringe, but the GOP needs to realize that there's a reason why they're becoming a marginalized regional party.

    Politician's like Broun only reenforce the image that the GOP has been taken over by the extremists of the party.

    I agree with the quoted portion... (none / 0) (#1)
    by kdog on Thu Oct 08, 2009 at 11:26:30 AM EST
    too bad Broun doesn't realize he's one of the Constitution's enemies, especially that Bill of Rights portion...then again maybe he does and "He Lies!"...:)

    Yes, I am so weary of the idjits (none / 0) (#2)
    by Cream City on Thu Oct 08, 2009 at 11:31:49 AM EST
    on all sides.  But they're more id-ji-o-tic on the GOP side.  He has just about accused the woman of treason.  He should be censured for it.  But that would take spine on the part of Congress to stop this stuff, this hysteria that distracted so many in summer who ought to have been fixing this economy.

    He's an enemy of the people.  So there.

    Of course, this must be a good sign (5.00 / 3) (#17)
    by Cream City on Thu Oct 08, 2009 at 12:05:25 PM EST
    if Pelosi is p*ssing off the GOP, rather than retreating.

    I expect it (none / 0) (#3)
    by Capt Howdy on Thu Oct 08, 2009 at 11:31:52 AM EST
    to get worse.  not better.

    It's just (none / 0) (#10)
    by Ga6thDem on Thu Oct 08, 2009 at 11:45:24 AM EST
    another day in the GAGOP it seems. One gubernatorial candidate threatened to run all the "secular humanists" out of the state the other day.

    Yeah, these people are bad but what's wrong with Obama that he thinks we need to deal with these people? IMO, his appeasement is just enabling the crazies like Broun more and more.

    ummm (none / 0) (#13)
    by jarober on Thu Oct 08, 2009 at 11:50:15 AM EST
    That's pretty mild stuff compared to what Democrats slung at Bush and the Republicans over the last 8 years.  If Pelosi's precious feelings are hurt, maybe what you really need is a speaker with more intestinal fortitude...

    Link to Pelosi's reaction? (5.00 / 1) (#15)
    by Cream City on Thu Oct 08, 2009 at 11:57:42 AM EST
    I don't see evidence in the link above.  Where is yours, as it sure doesn't sound like Pelosi to have "hurt feelings."  Or maybe you're unfamiliar with her career -- and her political upbringing?

    Good Point (none / 0) (#26)
    by Socraticsilence on Thu Oct 08, 2009 at 01:07:40 PM EST
    Hey, can you remind me when Democrats actually had their supporters kill federal employees and/or attempt to murder their political opponents- because for those of us who remember OKC, this is getting to be a bit too familiar.

    I have a relative who is a fed employee (none / 0) (#30)
    by Cream City on Thu Oct 08, 2009 at 01:17:54 PM EST
    and you remind us of how scary it was to be one then -- his entire federal building was closed, all employees sent home, etc.  (And that, of course, was problematic for many of the public who needed them that day and for days afterward to do tasks from simple paperwork to preventing deportation of immigrants to protecting rights as workers and citizens . . . apparently, even here, many need reminders that most government employees work for them and work hard.)

    teh crazies (none / 0) (#40)
    by jarober on Thu Oct 08, 2009 at 03:43:55 PM EST
    let it not be said that the right has the only conspiracy nuts.  The left seems to be full of nutters who are sure that Republicans are out to kill them, and that Bush was behind 9/11.

    Back in the real world, anyone with access to Google can find plenty of nasty stuff flung at Bush and the Republican party.

    It's what some of us call "politics as usual"


    This is what some of us call (none / 0) (#45)
    by Cream City on Thu Oct 08, 2009 at 06:21:05 PM EST
    answering a different question.  One that I didn't ask.

    Hmm.... when did they (none / 0) (#46)
    by Socraticsilence on Thu Oct 08, 2009 at 06:41:25 PM EST
    blow up a federal building, hang a census employee, or kill some cops- that must have slipped my mind during the Bush years.

    Why don't you find some (none / 0) (#48)
    by Lora on Thu Oct 08, 2009 at 09:03:09 PM EST
    ...and post it here with a link?

    Um, you're kidding, right? (none / 0) (#47)
    by Lora on Thu Oct 08, 2009 at 09:01:34 PM EST
    Like what?

    broun: enemy of humanity (none / 0) (#18)
    by Illiope on Thu Oct 08, 2009 at 12:08:44 PM EST
    broun is worm spittle warmed over burning dung.

    pelosi is going to have to stand in line for an apology from the knuckledragger from georgia, he has a lot of people to apologize to...

    rep broun: and that's exactly what's going on in Canada and Great Britain today.  They don't have the appreciation of life, as we do in our society, evidently.  And, um.  Dr. Roe, a lot of people are gonna die, this program of 'government option' is being touted as being this panacea, the savior of allowing people to have quality health care at an affordable price-  is gonna kill people.

    sniff, sniff hmm, insults, lies, knuckledrags... smells like paul broun

    Rep. Broun used the word "panacea." (none / 0) (#44)
    by oculus on Thu Oct 08, 2009 at 04:16:22 PM EST
    Wonder who writes his stuff?

    i wish pols were clever (none / 0) (#20)
    by Dadler on Thu Oct 08, 2009 at 12:17:21 PM EST
    so that pelosi could quip back something at least marginally humorous.

    "Yeah, well, Broun is an enemy of brain cells.  An enema of the Constitution. Now, I have more important matters to get to, like how many Cosmos I'll have tonight after work."

    Why is it only the bit players, the fringies, that seem to have the personality, however warped it often is.  Can we have some leaders with a little game, please?  I'm clinging to Barney Frank's barb to a birther right now, and I fantasize about a news cycle FULL of some quality smack.

    Emphasis on fantasize.  'Cause I ain't gettin' NONE of that in reality.

    and by quality smack... (none / 0) (#21)
    by Dadler on Thu Oct 08, 2009 at 12:20:48 PM EST
    ...i don't need any algonquin roundtable material, i'd settle for the quite lively game the table full of admin. assistants had at applebee's the other night.

    Sh*t man... (none / 0) (#23)
    by kdog on Thu Oct 08, 2009 at 12:41:51 PM EST
    I'd like to see 'em have a battle royale like they do in some younger democracy's legislatures...at least that sh*t is honest!

    It just takes one crazy guy (none / 0) (#25)
    by Socraticsilence on Thu Oct 08, 2009 at 01:05:28 PM EST
    and these- "traitor", "death camps", "enemy of the constitution" remarks become a lot less moron's mouthing off and a lot more sinister.

    I don't know... (none / 0) (#31)
    by kdog on Thu Oct 08, 2009 at 01:25:09 PM EST
    I'm not big on our elected officials having to "watch what they say" lest they set-off some whackjob...it's a debate killer.

    The trouble with the lurid (none / 0) (#37)
    by jondee on Thu Oct 08, 2009 at 03:23:14 PM EST
    focus group tested hyperbole is that it usually elicits a "just ignore 'em - this is beneath our dignity" responce rather than a public deconstruction.

    Well jondee... (none / 0) (#39)
    by kdog on Thu Oct 08, 2009 at 03:35:51 PM EST
    some people are just beyond help...we shouldn't self-censor to cater to them or to a tired sense of congressional "dignity"...if the legislation is any indication the last 30-40 years, there is no dignity left in the joint.  

    Well they both rely (none / 0) (#42)
    by jondee on Thu Oct 08, 2009 at 03:49:39 PM EST
    on the same sort of tactics because, IMO, theres so little of substance left to be publicly stated.

    And pay no attention to the lobbyist behind the curtain.


    I hear that... (none / 0) (#43)
    by kdog on Thu Oct 08, 2009 at 03:55:37 PM EST
    you would think they have totally different sets of paymasters the way they talk sometimes...all faux-adversarial and sh*t.

    Well (none / 0) (#34)
    by Ga6thDem on Thu Oct 08, 2009 at 01:53:59 PM EST
    that's the same thing that the GOP threw at anybody who criticized the war in Iraq. Laughing off these nut cases is the best medicine.

    Let me see... (none / 0) (#35)
    by jimakaPPJ on Thu Oct 08, 2009 at 02:02:17 PM EST
    nasty okay in the New Jersey race for governor...

    Not okay here..

    OK, that's par for most Left wing values.....

    The wingnut modus operandi: (none / 0) (#36)
    by jondee on Thu Oct 08, 2009 at 03:18:06 PM EST
    if it's too brutish and stupid for a person of high accountability to say, have a congressman say it; if it's too stupid and brutish for a congressman to say, have Beck or Limbaugh say it.

    Just get the meme out there somehow.


    Im waiting a southern congressman (none / 0) (#38)
    by jondee on Thu Oct 08, 2009 at 03:28:13 PM EST
    to give someone a good caning on the floor of congress any day now. Things seem to be moving in that direction.

    My money is (none / 0) (#41)
    by Wile ECoyote on Thu Oct 08, 2009 at 03:46:18 PM EST
    on Grayson.

    Response to Broun (none / 0) (#49)
    by Lora on Thu Oct 08, 2009 at 09:13:24 PM EST
    Pelosi needs some Irish diplomacy.

    i must vigorously disagree (none / 0) (#50)
    by cpinva on Fri Oct 09, 2009 at 03:00:30 AM EST
    with your assessment:

    Of course Broun is an idiot.

    rep. broun knows his constituents: simple folks, with simple minds. that's why they elected him. all he's doing is preaching to his voters.

    i guarantee it.