Imagine being a TV news correspondent when you're the only thing anyone ever wants to talk about. And not even you really, but your dad. Specifically, that thing your dad was impeached for back in 1998. That's a parental shadow that would make most of us scurry back into a hole in the ground, but Chelsea Clinton is still trying to make a go of it in spite of being panned by several brave, anonymous NBC executives.
To add insult to critique, The Washington Post recently called her "one of the most boring people of her era." Keep in mind that era includes Kim Kardashian and at least 80% of the people who have Tumblr accounts dedicated to their cats, and that is quite an insult. To add even injury to that insult, here is an excerpt from an article that refers to her as, "TV's Dork Diva"…
Almost everyone I spoke to for this story — from within NBC and at other networks as well — agree that that problem is that she won’t talk about the one thing that makes her undeniably compelling. How did it feel to be Chelsea Clinton during the Monica years? In the past, she’s responded angrily to that question. "It’s none of your business," she told an audience after being questioned about it on the 2008 campaign trail.
That line doesn’t play anymore, now that she’s entered the family business of living in public. "What’s she giving us?" one NBC executive, who sees Chelsea regularly, asks. "There’s that wall that needs to be torn down. She sounds like a smart and intelligent woman, but there are lots of smart and intelligent women." Until she’s willing to answer the Monica question, or any real question — to finally open her soul to public view, paying the required tribute to the media gods, to have her Oprah moment — it’s unlikely she’ll be given a warm public embrace. "Is she just boring," wonders the NBC exec. "Or can she come out of her shell?"
Like the executive quoted above, I too get incredibly bored whenever someone won't vomit up every last chunk of their personal life to me so I can profit from it.
I guess they just don't make them like Patti Davis anymore.
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Tags: Hillary Clinton, Impeachment, Monica Lewinsky, NBC
Grover Norquist on the President and the impeachable offense of making rich people pay higher taxes…
"Obama can sit there and let all the tax [cuts] lapse, and then the Republicans will have enough votes in the Senate in 2014 to impeach."
According to the 2nd Article of the Constitution, a president can be impeached for "treason, bribery or other high crimes and misdemeanors," of which denying a C.E.O. a new streamlined yacht for the spring regatta is almost certainly one.
Though, I think you can make an equally good case that denying our oligarchical overlords their due tribute could be considered an act of treason.
Tags: Barack Obama, Grover Norquist, Impeachment, Quote Unquote, Taxes
A major downside to democracy is the hassle of learning about the candidates, making an informed decision and hauling your overweight self to the nearest polling station. Which is why most states have dispensed with the irksomeness of competitive elections.
Since the decennial redistricting process is typically in the hands of state legislatures, district boundaries are erratically redrawn to dilute or concentrate votes, ensuring that barely ten percent of Americans have to suffer through the indignity of learning about the issues and casting a statistically significant vote.
But for some reason, Arizona voters adopted a ballot measure 11-years ago that took redistricting duties away from the legislature and assigned the responsibility to an independent commission comprised of two Democrats, two Republicans and one independent. This year, the Commission produced a draft map creating four safe Republican seats, two Democratic seats, and three evenly balanced districts.
Clearly, someone had to think of the children, err, over-burdened voters…
Arizona's Senate on Tuesday night ousted the chairwoman of the citizens' commission charged with redrawing political boundaries, igniting a fierce legal battle over whether the state's Republican leaders were interfering in a redistricting process that voters sought to insulate from politics.
Gov. Jan Brewer, a Republican, proposed the removal of Colleen C. Mathis, the chairwoman of the Independent Redistricting Commission, and the Republican-controlled State Senate voted 21 to 6 to carry it out.
As Brewer noted in a letter to the Commission chair, "I believe the Independent Redistricting Commission also violated the Arizona Constitution by elevating 'competitiveness' above the other goals." Like the goal of Arizona voters never again having to worry about making a real electoral choice, I guess.
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Tags: Arizona, Impeachment, Jan Brewer, State Legislature
Meet your new King of Rational Thought. His name is Rep. Michael Burgess, and he moonlights as an obstetrician. He's also smack dab in the glorious midst of his fifth term as a Republican legislator from the great nation of Texas. Much like his Republican forefathers in the House way back in 1998, he's come up with a brilliant idea to deal with this pesky Demmy-crat president: IMPEACH!
Obviously, he voiced this sentiment at a Tea Party party or rally or corn-husking bee or whatever it is those people do when they hang out as a group…
Burgess spoke… in response to an attendee's suggestion that the GOP-controlled House use impeachment to stop Obama from "pushing his agenda."
"It needs to happen, and I agree with you it would tie things up," Burgess responded, the paper said. "No question about that."
When the [Fort Worth] Star-Telegram's reporter asked Burgess about the comment, he said the House needs to do what it can to stop the president. "We need to tie things up," Burgess said. "The longer we allow the damage to continue unchecked, the worse things are going to be for us."
This man — who gets paid to look into the vaginas of ladies and pull out our future (i.e., the children) — has pulled out something even more amazing: The solution to all our problems. Yes, let's impeach our president for "pushing his agenda," since he is the first president to ever push an agenda or to even have an agenda.
He and Rep. Steve King (R-I.A.) and Rep. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) can start an impeachment club with other Tea Party friends. It can meet right after their morning liberty and truth knitting club and right before their afternoon pray away the gay luncheon. And once they achieve their goal, everyone will be rich and have so many guns and babies, hooray!
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Tags: Barack Obama, House of Representatives, Impeachment, Republicans, Steve King, Tea Party, Texas, Tim Scott
By Brian Kraker
Man, does Dennis Kucinich love to throw around impeachment proposals or what? After threatening to chase Bush and Cheney from the White House in 2008 (too bad this big national election thingy beat him to it), the Ohio congressman decided it was just and right to put Obama’s head on a pike for the U.S.'s bombing of Libya.
However, after lacking the support of just about anyone, Kucinich decided to back down…
Democrat Rep. Dennis Kucinich is walking back from his suggestion that President Barack Obama be impeached for authorizing air strikes against Libya without congressional approval.
Asked Thursday night if he sees support for impeachment building, the liberal Ohioan said it isn't. "No, I don’t think that," he told Lou Dobbs on Fox Business Network. "Impeachment is a process. That’s not going happen."
This is sort of like if, after Mel Gibson gave that inspiring speech in Braveheart and rode off towards imminent doom, it turned out his fellow Scottsmen stuck around at the top of that hill saying, "That guy is crazy."
Tags: Barack Obama, Dennis Kucinich, Impeachment, Libya, Military