The Knucklehead of the Day award
Today's winner is Congressman Robert Wexler. He gets the award for the following-
What do higher fuel-efficiency standards, expanded children's health care and improved relations with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono have in common?Wexler was certainly talking to a sympathetic crowd, so you have to weigh that when considering his statements. That doesn't make them any more outrageous. How are any of these legislative ideas going to be influenced by an impeachment? Actually the side show an impeachment would create would keep congress from getting anything done. Especially with another election coming up in less than a year. I won't even mention the downright lack of reasons for impeachment also. What are the VP's duties again?
According to U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler, D-Delray Beach, those are just a few of the benefits America can reap if Congress holds hearings on the impeachment of Vice President Dick Cheney.
Wexler, who represents an ultra-Democratic Palm Beach-Broward district, recently took an e-mail poll of about 3,000 constituents and found 61 percent in favor of impeaching Cheney and removing him from office. Wexler insists he hasn't prejudged the matter but wants hearings to probe whether Cheney manipulated intelligence to bamboozle the U.S. into war with Iraq, which Wexler voted to authorize in 2002.
At last week's Palm Beach County Democratic Executive Committee meeting, Wexler took issue with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's declaration that impeachment should be "off the table." And Wexler disputed the notion that impeachment hearings would be a distraction, asserting instead that they would help the Democrats' domestic agenda and lift America's status abroad.
"The way we pass stem-cell research, the way we get implemented a children's health care plan, the way we get higher CAFE (corporate average fuel economy) standards to bring our energy debacle into a better condition for generations to come is to have impeachment hearings," Wexler said. "Because that'll get the president's eye. That'll get the vice president's eye. That for the first time will show that the Democratic majority is here and that in fact we have the courage of our convictions."
Congressman Wexler has won two of my coveted knucklehead awards, here and here. It's been over two years since the last. Not anymore, Congressman Robert Wexler is today's Knucklehead of the Day.
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