Last night, Lawrence O’Donnell went on a tirade after showing House Majority Leader Eric Cantor saying that he would pass a bill in the House that would automatically become law if the Senate did not act on it.
O’Donnell, who used to be a congressional aide to New York Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, got very upset over Cantor’s action and went after him hard.
“Of course, a bill cannot become the law of the land unless passed in word for word identical form by the House and the Senate, and then signed by the President of the United States. Those three things must happen, as every American child knows who has seen any version of how a bill becomes a law, animated or not. No other member of congress in it’s history has ever believed that a bill could become a law with only one of those three things happening.”
He was even angrier that nobody seemed to care about Cantor’s statement, blaming it on people like Michele Bachmann for lowering the standards of how we expect our elected officials to behave.
“Michele Bachmann has inured them all to utter idiocy. They are impervious to it now. A room full of Washington reporters can sit there and hear a Republican leader of Congress say the stupidest thing that’s ever been said in a congressional news conference and not respond in any way.”
But he was still not done with Cantor.
“The luckiest man in the United States House of Representatives now is Eric Cantor, lucky that rank stupidity is not an expellable offence. He is also lucky that the press core has unanimously, in this era of overwhelming Tea Party idiocy, as exemplified on a daily basis by Michele Bachmann and others, defined idiocy down to the point that Eric Cantor is, even after today’s press conference, taken seriously by the political press. Every day that Eric Cantor lets pass without an apology to his constituents, to the congress, to the President, and to every high school student in America who knows more about government than he does, Eric Cantor stands as an unpardonable embarrassment to every adult in his congressional district who voted for him, and a stain on the intelligence of every Republican House member who voted for him for leader.”
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