The Repugnican party is starting to unravel. Check out this latest example of the “uniter, not a divider” GOP in Action.
WASHINGTON – The Republican chairman walked off with the gavel, leaving Democrats shouting into turned-off microphones at a raucous hearing Friday on the Patriot Act.
Rep. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., chairman of the panel, abruptly gaveled the meeting to an end and walked out, followed by other Republicans. Sensenbrenner declared that much of the testimony, which veered into debate over the detainees at Guantanamo Bay, was irrelevant.
Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., protested, raising his voice as his microphone went off, came back on, and went off again.
“We are not besmirching the honor of the United States, we are trying to uphold it,” he said.
Nadler said Sensenbrenner, one of the authors of the Patriot Act, was “rather rude, cutting everybody off in mid-sentence with an attitude of total hostility.”
Tempers flared when Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind., accused Amnesty International of endangering the lives of Americans in uniform by referring to the prison at Guantanamo Bay as a “gulag.” Sensenbrenner didn’t allow the Amnesty representative, Chip Pitts, to respond until Nadler raised a “point of decency.”
It’s not the first example of nonSense’n’bluster to be noted by the Writ. He’s the one behind the Snitch Bill (HR 1528) that would lock up parents for not reporting their kid’s drug use to the cops and impose even more draconian mandatory minimums for certain drug “crimes”, like even encouraging a former drug or alcohol rehab patient to use again. He was also very quick to ignore any suspicion in the Jimmy/Jeff “DC Bulldog/8+ cut” Guckert/Gannon story.