Democrat tries to boot Giffords from committee assignment

posted at 9:30 am on January 26, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

According to the Daily Caller’s Chris Moody, California Democrat Loretta Sanchez proposed yanking fellow Rep. Gabrielle Giffords off of the House Armed Services Committee after being at least temporarily disabled by a gunshot wound to the head less than three weeks ago.  Sanchez argued that Democrats needed every vote they have on the panel and that they could not leave the seat open indefinitely.  The reaction from her colleagues was, not surprisingly, strongly negative:

Behind closed doors, California Democratic Rep. Loretta Sanchez has proposed removing Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords from the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) until she recovers from injuries sustained after being shot in the head on Jan. 8 in Tucson, The Daily Caller has learned.

The proposal sparked an outrage, according to those in the room — including from those in Sanchez’s own party.

“It’s not appropriate,” Texas Democratic Rep. Silvestre Reyes told The Daily Caller, adding that there was outrage among some members in the room when Sanchez made the suggestion. “It’s bad for morale during her recovery period.”

Republicans have an eight-vote advantage on the committee.  It’s possible that there will be some close votes, but it’s more likely that a single Democratic absence on the panel won’t have any impact at all this year.  The absence of Giffords might make a difference in some subcommittees, but that could be addressed by asking a few of the HASC Democrats to add another subcommittee assignment temporarily, rather than replacing Giffords on the main committee.

Sanchez defended her proposal afterward through her spokesperson:

“Gabby has always been one of the most active members on the Armed Services Committee, and Rep. Sanchez wants to make sure HASC Democrats preserve her voice until the congresswoman has returned,” Sanchez’s Press Secretary Caroline Hogan told TheDC. “Rep. Sanchez simply inquired whether a proxy could represent the Congresswoman on the Committee at Rep. Giffords’ request. That way, Gabby’s legislative priorities and seniority would be preserved until her return. Any other interpretation of her question is ludicrous.”

Er, suuuure.  The remaining Democrats on the panel could just as easily “preserve” Giffords’ legislative priorities by, well, doing it themselves, including Sanchez.  There are 26 other Democrats on the committee; is Sanchez really arguing that among them, they couldn’t carry Giffords’ water for at least a few weeks?  Replacing Giffords on the panel is an odd way to “preserve her voice.”

There may come a time when Democrats have to consider how to address Giffords’ committee assignments in the House, if her rehab looks like it will keep her away for a long period of time.  Those decisions don’t have to be made two weeks into her recovery, though.  In fact, given the role of the minority party in the House, it may not need to be an issue at all until the next election.

One unnamed Republican got in a dig at Sanchez’ sensitivity:

“From a woman who memorialized her cat, you’d think she’d show a little more compassion for a woman shot in the face,” said one GOP aide, referring to Sanchez’s 2010 Christmas card that paid tribute to her late cat, Gretzky.

Reyes and Adam Smith (D-CA) squelched Sanchez’ proposal.


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Boy those Democrats are sure compassionate aren’t they?

If this had been a Republican – it would be non-stop news on CNN/MSNBC

gophergirl on January 26, 2011 at 9:32 AM

Do these tools get extra money to hire a Press Secretary or do they pay them out of their own salary???

BigWyo on January 26, 2011 at 9:34 AM

Sanchez is a hot mess.

Alden Pyle on January 26, 2011 at 9:35 AM

Loretta Sanchez? That anti-Vietnamese bigot? I remember her.

steebo77 on January 26, 2011 at 9:36 AM

The New Tone!

thebrokenrattle on January 26, 2011 at 9:36 AM

Boy those Democrats are sure compassionate aren’t they?

Just as much as Liberals favoring Liberty.

If this had been a Republican – it would be non-stop news on CNN/MSNBC

gophergirl on January 26, 2011 at 9:32 AM

*crickets*

Chip on January 26, 2011 at 9:37 AM

Isn’t Sanchez the one who walked away from her house without paying what was owed, or something?

changer1701 on January 26, 2011 at 9:38 AM

Loretta’s obviously a cat person and not a Blue Dog person.

jon1979 on January 26, 2011 at 9:38 AM

The reason Giffords was shot was because some lunatic didn’t think she was liberal enough and he disagreed with her stance. Sanchez wants her replaced for the same reason. Are the actions are eerily the same?

volsense on January 26, 2011 at 9:41 AM

That’s one dirty……Sanchez!

search4truth on January 26, 2011 at 9:42 AM

So, if you are out on long term sick leave, no one is ever suppose to temporarily fill your possession? No wonder the donks stink at running businesses.

Blake on January 26, 2011 at 9:43 AM

If this had been a Republican – it would be non-stop news on CNN/MSNBC

Which means that no one would have seen it.

crushliberalism on January 26, 2011 at 9:43 AM

possession = position

Blake on January 26, 2011 at 9:43 AM

If what I’ve read about Gabby is true, she has been reasonably bi-partisan. So no surprise some partisan democrats would want to replace her.

Cold, I tell you, cold, but oh so predictable.

donh525 on January 26, 2011 at 9:44 AM

You Republicans are so full of hate. You probably didn’t even wear a black and white ribbon last night.

flyfisher on January 26, 2011 at 9:44 AM

The Misadventures of Gifford, the Big Blue Dumbocrat are now showing!

Dark-Star on January 26, 2011 at 9:44 AM

Sorry but I see no insensitivity or lack of comapssion. When the starting quarterback goes down you put in the backup. Same here. That committee seat will still be there for her when she is able to return – So what’s the problem with letting someone cover for her while she’s gone?

tommyboy on January 26, 2011 at 9:45 AM

So who represents Giffords’ district while she’s convalescing? Are they to be denied representation out of pity for her?

Are there no circumstances under which a Congresscritter should be removed from office for medical reasons? Anyone recall the disgusting states of Kennedy and Byrd during their last days?

When Giffords recovers, she can run for the office again. Until then, she should be replaced as she’s not fit to serve.

Crawford on January 26, 2011 at 9:45 AM

We can think that the dembos are heartless but they are setting up the republicans as being heartless, just watch.

toongoon on January 26, 2011 at 9:46 AM

Hey! She’s been torn to pieces for suggesting something that may actually have to happen. Maybe she didn’t go about it too well or said it too soon–but it’s something that may have to be dealt with. Don’t tell me it’s not something Dems havn’t discussed amongst themselves, or GOP either. Sanchez might be a jerk, but this time, she’s a jerk in touch with an unpleasant reality.

jeanie on January 26, 2011 at 9:47 AM

The Democrat party, the ruthless politburo.

tarpon on January 26, 2011 at 9:52 AM

Such hate.

stenwin77 on January 26, 2011 at 9:53 AM

The woman got SHOT IN THE F*CKNG HEAD she CANNOT SERVE ON THE COMMITTEE ANY TIME SOON

“Sanchez simply inquired whether a proxy could represent the Congresswoman on the Committee at Rep. Giffords’ request.”

EVERYBODY STOP WETTING YOUR PANTS AND S T F U

What a bunch of petty bullshyt this is.

Dave Rywall on January 26, 2011 at 9:54 AM

Yikes. Please don’t pair me up with Sanchez during the zombie apocalypse, or I’m undead bait for sure.

Dongemaharu on January 26, 2011 at 9:54 AM

tommyboy on January 26, 2011 at 9:45 AM

Crawford on January 26, 2011 at 9:45 AM

jeanie on January 26, 2011 at 9:47 AM

You all are right in the long haul, but this is all a little premature until a full disclosure of her condition and abilities is forthcoming. Conservative or not, I’m rooting for Gabby to be back soon enough.

donh525 on January 26, 2011 at 9:56 AM

Apparently, Congress is the only institution where a position can be left open/unoccupied/whatever for an indefinite period of time. Pick any other institution, if someone falls, someone else takes over. It could be considered more heartless to tell her constituents that for the forseeable future they have no representation in Washington.

Larr on January 26, 2011 at 9:57 AM

Since when does Erin Andrews work for Loretta Sanchez? (main page pic)

picklesgap on January 26, 2011 at 9:57 AM

Dave, the msm would have been singing a different tune if that person had an R next to their name….

cmsinaz on January 26, 2011 at 9:58 AM

The only wet panties here are worn by the one screaming in ALL-CAPS.

A Balrog of Morgoth on January 26, 2011 at 9:58 AM

What a bunch of petty bullshyt this is.

Dave Rywall on January 26, 2011 at 9:54 AM

Maybe. But if the shoe were on the other foot or across the aisle, the reaction would have been outrage and you know it.

sherry on January 26, 2011 at 9:59 AM

cmsinaz on January 26, 2011 at 9:58 AM

We had the same thought. Isn’t it funny that we are conditioned to make that assumption under any circumstance.

sherry on January 26, 2011 at 10:00 AM

Dave Rywall on January 26, 2011 at 9:54 AM

Ah, Daves’ measured and calm response puts us all to shame.

Thanks man, we needed that……not!

donh525 on January 26, 2011 at 10:01 AM

Dave Rywall on January 26, 2011 at 9:54 AM

I believe that STFU not only interferes with our First Amendment rights but also is counterproductive on a blog.

Cindy Munford on January 26, 2011 at 10:01 AM

Dave Rywall on January 26, 2011 at 9:54 AM

Wow, such civility has never been witnessed in human history, bravo!

Chip on January 26, 2011 at 10:01 AM

Isn’t Sanchez the one who walked away from her house without paying what was owed, or something?
changer1701 on January 26, 2011 at 9:38 AM

I don’t remember who that particular woman was, but I don’t think it was either of the Sanchez sisters.

marybel on January 26, 2011 at 10:02 AM

I have no doubt this “leaked” story was merely a Demo “trial balloon”.

alwyr on January 26, 2011 at 10:02 AM

California Democrat Loretta Sanchez

Californication….Thomas Jefferson: People Get The Government They Deserve.

Dr Evil on January 26, 2011 at 10:03 AM

I believe that STFU not only interferes with our First Amendment rights

Oh drop the Constitutional martyr complex. Drywall can’t even vote in our country for pity’s sake.

Dark-Star on January 26, 2011 at 10:03 AM

Dave Rywall on January 26, 2011 at 9:54 AM

I believe that STFU not only interferes with our First Amendment rights but also is counterproductive on a blog.

Cindy Munford on January 26, 2011 at 10:01 AM

Didn’t you get the memo? Liberals are no longer interested in Liberty or Freedom.

Chip on January 26, 2011 at 10:03 AM

Whoa!! Angry Canadian is Angry.

BigWyo on January 26, 2011 at 10:03 AM

jeanie on January 26, 2011 at 9:47 AM

With a Republican eight vote advantage and Rep. Giffords remarkable progress to date, I think she could have held off on her concerns for a bit. Timing is everything

Cindy Munford on January 26, 2011 at 10:03 AM

Dave Rywall on January 26, 2011 at 9:54 AM

Even other Dems are against this….only trolls support.

search4truth on January 26, 2011 at 10:04 AM

Dark-Star on January 26, 2011 at 10:03 AM

I know, I just like to jazz him about our superior freedoms.

Cindy Munford on January 26, 2011 at 10:04 AM

Chip on January 26, 2011 at 10:03 AM

And it’s international!!!

Cindy Munford on January 26, 2011 at 10:05 AM

I believe that STFU not only interferes with our First Amendment rights

Oh drop the Constitutional martyr complex. Drywall can’t even vote in our country for pity’s sake.

Dark-Star on January 26, 2011 at 10:03 AM

Should we just leave it up to so-called Liberals in this country to destroy Liberty?

Chip on January 26, 2011 at 10:06 AM

Classy.

jennifernaz on January 26, 2011 at 10:08 AM

changer1701 on January 26, 2011 at 9:38 AM:

Found it on Patterico…The upstanding woman you are thinking of is:

Capitol Weekly reports newly elected California Congresswoman Laura Richardson walked away from the mortgage on her $535,000 Sacramento home, letting the house slip into foreclosure and disrepair less than two years after she bought it with no money down.

“While being elevated to Congress in a 2007 special election, Richardson apparently stopped making payments on her new Sacramento home, and eventually walked away from it, leaving nearly $600,000 in unpaid loans and fees,” the publication reports.

Richardson, a Democrat from Long Beach, declined to comment for the Capitol Weekly story, and her office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from LA Land.

marybel on January 26, 2011 at 10:09 AM

What a bunch of petty bullshyt this is.

Dave Rywall on January 26, 2011 at 9:54 AM

Not quite. Her Democratic colleagues — all but Sanchez — have nipped the idea in the bud (sorry about the violence in that image). The Democrats get to determine the representation on that committee. I suspect that Giffords herself may well be lucid enough to suggest her own temporary replacement, and that would be the best solution.

What it looks like Sanchez is doing here is going through the pockets of a dead body looking for loose change — not a good image.

unclesmrgol on January 26, 2011 at 10:10 AM

Yes indeed sherry, yes indeed

The double standard is infuriating

cmsinaz on January 26, 2011 at 10:10 AM

They eat their own.

bj the muse on January 26, 2011 at 10:10 AM

I could understand if Giffords is the deciding vote, but since she’s not Mzzzzzzzzzzzz. Sanchez needs to have her papers checked. (I’ll let you decide which papers).

SouthernGent on January 26, 2011 at 10:10 AM

What has Giffords done for Democrats lately?

DamnCat on January 26, 2011 at 10:10 AM

Chip on January 26, 2011 at 10:03 AM

And it’s international!!!

Cindy Munford on January 26, 2011 at 10:05 AM

Yes, as the song says:

So comrades, come rally
And the last fight let us face
The Internationale unites the human race.
So comrades, come rally
And the last fight let us face
The Internationale unites the human race.

That has to be one of Dave Rywall’s Favorite tunes.

Chip on January 26, 2011 at 10:11 AM

“It’s not appropriate,” Texas Democratic Rep. Silvestre Reyes told The Daily Caller, adding that there was outrage among some members in the room when Sanchez made the suggestion. “It’s bad for morale during her recovery period.”

I’m not particularly concerned about “morale”–if there is work that must be done for the country, that is what is at issue. Is she unable to do her duty? If so, it’s appropriate to replace her, if only temporarily. We must behave as adults, which means that although we should not be unnecessarily cruel or insensitive, we have to face things honestly.

I wish I could state this more eloquently, but Mr. Rywall beat me to it.

DrMagnolias on January 26, 2011 at 10:11 AM

Should we just leave it up to so-called Liberals in this country to destroy Liberty?

Chip on January 26, 2011 at 10:06 AM

*headdesk* No, you should just stop pretending like a lone Canuck Dumbf*ck on the Internet is going to suddenly repeal the 1st amendment.

There are plenty of ways to pwn Drywall without resorting to such wide-eyed nonsense.

Dark-Star on January 26, 2011 at 10:11 AM

Constitutional martyr complex.
Dark-Star on January 26, 2011 at 10:03 AM

Maybe you should adopt it. It’s actually no sin if you live in the USA.

donh525 on January 26, 2011 at 10:12 AM

Dave, the msm would have been singing a different tune if that person had an R next to their name….

cmsinaz on January 26, 2011 at 9:58 AM
——–
Maybe. But if the shoe were on the other foot or across the aisle, the reaction would have been outrage and you know it.

sherry on January 26, 2011 at 9:59 AM
———-

Outrage would be f*cking stupid then, it is f*cking stupid now. Well, it’s mroe stupid now BECAUSE THAT IS WHAT IS ACTUALLY HAPPENING.

Why don’t you idiots stop living your lives in the “YEAH BUT IMAGINE IF THE OTHER SIDE DID THIS THERE WOULD BE OUTRAGE” world of stupid.

Dave Rywall on January 26, 2011 at 10:13 AM

Sanchez is an utter scumbag, but I don’t think she’s wrong here. Sentimentality is nice, but it doesn’t get business done. I wish Congresswoman Giffords a speedy recovery, but until such time, it is not inappropriate to replace her.

CantCureStupid on January 26, 2011 at 10:14 AM

Fact is, before Giffords was shot, she was persona non grata to the progressive wing of the democrat party.

That this moonbat demands her revenge for Giffords’ straying off the “true path” should come as no suprise – history shows that the left has shot tens of millions for exactly the same reason.

Rebar on January 26, 2011 at 10:15 AM

Not quite. Her Democratic colleagues — all but Sanchez — have nipped the idea in the bud (sorry about the violence in that image). The Democrats get to determine the representation on that committee. I suspect that Giffords herself may well be lucid enough to suggest her own temporary replacement, and that would be the best solution.

What it looks like Sanchez is doing here is going through the pockets of a dead body looking for loose change — not a good image.

unclesmrgol on January 26, 2011 at 10:10 AM
—–
NO SHE IS TRYING TO GET ON WITH DOING THE BUSINESS OF THE COMMITTEE

YOU WANT A YEAR OF MOURNING

F*CK

Dave Rywall on January 26, 2011 at 10:15 AM

And all this time I thought that Democrats were “sensitive”.

GarandFan on January 26, 2011 at 10:16 AM

Sanchez is an utter scumbag, but I don’t think she’s wrong here. Sentimentality is nice, but it doesn’t get business done. I wish Congresswoman Giffords a speedy recovery, but until such time, it is not inappropriate to replace her.

CantCureStupid on January 26, 2011 at 10:14 AM
——-
Shhhhhhhhhhhhh you’re getting the way of Hotair clowns being pointlessly outraged by someone trying to do their job.

Dave Rywall on January 26, 2011 at 10:18 AM

Dave Rywall on January 26, 2011 at 10:15 AM

Why are you screaming and cursing? Each post you’ve made on this topic is over-the-top hysterical considering what we are discussing. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen anyone on HA react so violently so early in a discussion.

DrMagnolias on January 26, 2011 at 10:18 AM

Why are you screaming and cursing? Each post you’ve made on this topic is over-the-top hysterical considering what we are discussing. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen anyone on HA react so violently so early in a discussion.

DrMagnolias on January 26, 2011 at 10:18 AM
——-
Because the partisan petty stupid runs extremely deep here.

Someone is incapacitated.
If necessary, she should be replaced on the committee.
The end.
Get over your hysterical selves.

Dave Rywall on January 26, 2011 at 10:19 AM

I’m not sure I’ve ever seen anyone on HA react so violently so early in a discussion.

DrMagnolias on January 26, 2011 at 10:18 AM

Agreed, and banworthy I think.

Rebar on January 26, 2011 at 10:20 AM

What a bunch of petty bullshyt this is.

Dave Rywall on January 26, 2011 at 9:54 AM

Spoken by a true expert on the subject.

Now, isn’t there a hockey puck somewhere calling your name?

Del Dolemonte on January 26, 2011 at 10:20 AM

F*CK

Dave Rywall on January 26, 2011 at 10:15 AM

Dog get run over? Wife run off with another man? Republicans win majority in house?????? Wha…?

donh525 on January 26, 2011 at 10:21 AM

That’s one dirty……Sanchez!

search4truth on January 26, 2011 at 9:42 AM

Yikes!! +1

RadClown on January 26, 2011 at 10:21 AM

C’mon, guys, it’s Loretta Sanchez. What else would you expect from her?

(My rep is Dan Lungren, lucky for me)

Bob's Kid on January 26, 2011 at 10:21 AM

The woman got SHOT IN THE F*CKNG HEAD she CANNOT SERVE ON THE COMMITTEE ANY TIME SOON

“Sanchez simply inquired whether a proxy could represent the Congresswoman on the Committee at Rep. Giffords’ request.”

EVERYBODY STOP WETTING YOUR PANTS AND S T F U

What a bunch of petty bullshyt this is.

Dave Rywall on January 26, 2011 at 9:54 AM

Can you not read????
It was democrats that shut this down and rightly so.

What part of this:

The absence of Giffords might make a difference in some subcommittees, but that could be addressed by asking a few of the HASC Democrats to add another subcommittee assignment temporarily, rather than replacing Giffords on the main committee.

….and this

Er, suuuure. The remaining Democrats on the panel could just as easily “preserve” Giffords’ legislative priorities by, well, doing it themselves, including Sanchez. There are 26 other Democrats on the committee; is Sanchez really arguing that among them, they couldn’t carry Giffords’ water for at least a few weeks? Replacing Giffords on the panel is an odd way to “preserve her voice.”

….did you not understand?????

This was a dumb,insensitive,and unnecessary request put forth by an idiot democrat.

Your infantile rant would be better directed at her than at the people exposing her incompetence.

Baxter Greene on January 26, 2011 at 10:22 AM

Dave Rywall on January 26, 2011 at 10:19 AM

No one on this thread has been screaming but you. Others have had comments you disagree with–and I disagree with some, as well–but they are simply discussing. Your 0 – 100 in 2.5 seconds does not make you seem the voice of reason.

DrMagnolias on January 26, 2011 at 10:23 AM

Get over your hysterical selves.

Dave Rywall on January 26, 2011 at 10:19 AM

Physician, heal thy self.

donh525 on January 26, 2011 at 10:23 AM

Should we just leave it up to so-called Liberals in this country to destroy Liberty?

Chip on January 26, 2011 at 10:06 AM

*headdesk* No, you should just stop pretending like a lone Canuck Dumbf*ck on the Internet is going to suddenly repeal the 1st amendment.

There are plenty of ways to pwn Drywall without resorting to such wide-eyed nonsense.

Dark-Star on January 26, 2011 at 10:11 AM

Really cranking up the ‘Civility’ ain’t ya?

Okay, see if you can follow along – in the aftermath of the Tucson tragedy, the so-called Liberals in this Country are trying to use that “serious crisis” to repress free-speech and our right to self defense.

They like to put it in terms of ‘Civility’ but the reality is that they are trying to shut down the opposition.

Or are you claiming that didn’t happen?

From the likes of so-called Liberals here?

Chip on January 26, 2011 at 10:24 AM

Forgive Me? I’m cursed with an inability to give a shit!

try again later on January 26, 2011 at 10:25 AM

Why are you screaming and cursing? Each post you’ve made on this topic is over-the-top hysterical considering what we are discussing. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen anyone on HA react so violently so early in a discussion.

DrMagnolias on January 26, 2011 at 10:18 AM

It’s Sarah Palin’s fault…
…she said “reload” and had a map with cross-hairs on it.

These hysterics and whining are common in liberals when they see their agenda crashing down around them.

Apparently Dave still has not gotten his “together we thrive” t-shirt yet.

Baxter Greene on January 26, 2011 at 10:27 AM

Forgive Me? I’m cursed with an inability to give a shit!

try again later on January 26, 2011 at 10:25 AM

Maybe, if the topic were important?

thuja on January 26, 2011 at 10:28 AM

Dave Rywall on January 26, 2011 at 10:13 AM

Take your Thorazine, ya hoser.

Akzed on January 26, 2011 at 10:29 AM

Stay classy there Dave

cmsinaz on January 26, 2011 at 10:30 AM

Get over your hysterical selves.

Dave Rywall on January 26, 2011 at 10:19 AM

I know we have only text to go by but the hysteria appears to be all on your side. The whole incident and your reaction are just so unnecessary. Does the House Armed Services Committee have some legislation you need bogged down in committee?

Cindy Munford on January 26, 2011 at 10:30 AM

Sorry, but if I were to be injured my Necessary job functions would be completed by my other coworkers and/or a temp. replacement hired until I could return for work

I know of no position that would be allowed to be open for over 2 weeks with out anyone preforming the functions of that job…. Never would happen outside of government

the_ancient on January 26, 2011 at 10:31 AM

Dave Rywall: filling a much needed gap here at Hot Air.

Akzed on January 26, 2011 at 10:31 AM

If we don’t get Sanchez on the Armed Services Committee then the Vietnamese will have won…

Laurence on January 26, 2011 at 10:34 AM

Good to see bipartisan revulsion at this classless request. There may be a tiny amount of hope for some Democrats.

michaelo on January 26, 2011 at 10:35 AM

Senator Tim Johnson from S.C. was out from 12/13/2006 to 9/05/2007 and no one had the hots to replace him.

Cindy Munford on January 26, 2011 at 10:36 AM

She better get well soon or they’ll be treating her like Terri Schiavo…

RalphyBoy on January 26, 2011 at 10:37 AM

Really cranking up the ‘Civility’ ain’t ya?

Why exactly are you defending that insipid little shoutbox troll?

Dark-Star on January 26, 2011 at 10:39 AM

Your 0 – 100 in 2.5 seconds does not make you seem the voice of reason.

DrMagnolias on January 26, 2011 at 10:23 AM

He’s just “getting in their faces”. Somebody said to do this./

Electrongod on January 26, 2011 at 10:39 AM

Dave Rywall: filling a much needed gap here at Hot Air.

Akzed on January 26, 2011 at 10:31 AM

Him and wrong4life are pretty much picture-perfect stereotypes of ‘liberals’ and ‘conservatives’, with Tom Shipley and Jenfidel being close competition. Living examples of how low each side can stoop.

Dark-Star on January 26, 2011 at 10:41 AM

I have question. Why are there 62 members of the committee? That’s over 14 effin’ % of the House that sits on that committee.

Dusty on January 26, 2011 at 10:42 AM

Dave Rywall: filling a much needed gap here at Hot Air.

Akzed on January 26, 2011 at 10:31 AM

*giggles* nice one.

search4truth on January 26, 2011 at 10:43 AM

Dog get run over? Wife run off with another man? Republicans win majority in house?????? Wha…?

donh525 on January 26, 2011 at 10:21 AM

I think all 674 constituents in Dildo, Newfoundland. want him replaced as MP

katy the mean old lady on January 26, 2011 at 10:44 AM

Apparently Dave still has not gotten his “together we thrive” t-shirt yet.

Baxter Greene on January 26, 2011 at 10:27 AM

I guess the rest of us without them will have to rely on good manners instead.

DrMagnolias on January 26, 2011 at 10:45 AM

So who represents Giffords’ district while she’s convalescing? Are they to be denied representation out of pity for her?

Are there no circumstances under which a Congresscritter should be removed from office for medical reasons? Anyone recall the disgusting states of Kennedy and Byrd during their last days?

When Giffords recovers, she can run for the office again. Until then, she should be replaced as she’s not fit to serve.

Crawford on January 26, 2011 at 9:45 AM

Sanchez’ remark was definitely heartless, considering that Rep. Giffords’ absence from the House (and from the committee) is due to her being shot in the head by a lunatic.

While Rep. Giffords was young and healthy before she was attacked, many older members of Congress could be temporarily absent for medical reasons. “Crawford” brings up the examples of Ted Kennedy and Robert Byrd during the later stages of what turned out to be a terminal illness, but South Dakota was also deprived of one Senator during Tim Johnson’s 8-month recovery from a stroke, although he made a full recovery and was later re-elected to the seat.

The Constitution provides for replacement in the case of temporary incapacitation of the President, and if a Senator dies or resigns in office, the Constitution allows the state’s Governor to appoint a replacement or call a special election. The Constitution makes no provision for temporary replacement of a member of the House of Representatives for illness or injury, although during the Founders’ time, people suffered from many diseases that are curable today, and absence from Congress due to illness was probably more frequent than now.

The problem of non-representation of a district when a Representative is incapacitated was addressed in the constitution of the current French Republic, which was written in 1958. In France, each candidate to the Assemblee Nationale (the French equivalent of the House of Representatives) chooses a “suppleant”, or running mate, with similar political views. If the elected “depute” (member of Parliament) is temporarily incapacitated due to illness or injury, the “suppleant” replaces him/her in the Assemblee Nationale until the elected “depute” can return. If the elected “depute” dies in office, the “suppleant” takes the seat for the remainder of the 5-year term.

The attack on Rep. Giffords was truly tragic, and she should be given every chance possible to return to her duty, although her district is not now represented in the House. This problem could be resolved if we adopted the French system, whereby every House candidate selects a designated replacement in the event of death or illness prior to election. This would probably require a Constitutional Amendment, but the compassion for Rep. Giffords’ situation probably extends across party lines, and such an Amendment could win a bipartisan majority.

Steve Z on January 26, 2011 at 10:47 AM

Cindy Munford on January 26, 2011 at 10:36 AM

Darn it, Sen. Johnson is from S.D., sorry for the error.

Cindy Munford on January 26, 2011 at 10:47 AM

Were Tim Johnson (?) was incapacitated by his stroke, or Ted Kennedy and Robert Byrd couldn’t fulfill their roles on committees, were they replaced, temporarily or otherwise?
For that matter, when John Kerry, John Edwards, John McCain, and Barack Obama were absent from their legislative duties while running campaigns for national office, were their committee assignments temporarily replaced by another.

It appears that Congress should set up rules for such contingencies.

Loretta Sanchez comes off as a ghoul and a kind of opportunist here, and I don’t know that any replacement that she has in mind would reflect the positions that Giffords had.

onlineanalyst on January 26, 2011 at 10:50 AM

Dave Recall, I love how you come to thread upper-casing and spitting mad and tell everyone else to quit wetting their pants.

Irony, thou art.

hawkdriver on January 26, 2011 at 10:53 AM

Trolls are an unpleasant but necessary part of blog life. We should welcome them as an opportunity to vent…and an insight into how liberals think and speak. Kind of like having to be exposed to many germs in order to strengthen your immune system.

jeanie on January 26, 2011 at 10:53 AM

jeanie on January 26, 2011 at 10:53 AM

And they are fun to.

Cindy Munford on January 26, 2011 at 10:57 AM

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