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Phred42 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 02:00 PM
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Craig Crawford: Impeach John Roberts
Impeach John Roberts
http://blogs.cqpolitics.com/trailmix/2009/01/impeach-jo...

Craig Crawford


There is simply no excuse for United States Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts bungling the presidential oath of office to such an extent that Barack Obama might need to do it again, at least in private, to ensure the legality of his inauguration.

Roberts should be impeached and removed from office for this unforgivable error. The Constitution requires certain language for a presidential oath of office. Roberts blew it. And if he doesn't understand such things he should be fired for misfeasance of the first order.
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BattyDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 02:02 PM
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1. ANY excuse to impeach Roberts is fine by me.
If you can find a way to tie Scalia, Thomas and Alito to oath-gate as well, go for it. Get rid of them all! :evilgrin:
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BOSSHOG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 02:05 PM
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2. I was always very proud
of my Commanding Officers and Department Heads in the Navy who could recite the reenlistment oath without having a copy to read by. (And its longer then the presidential oath.) They took it as a source of pride and the white hats were impressed. Roberts at the every minimum should offer a public apology to all Americans.
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Dennis Donovan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 02:06 PM
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3. Jeez, Craig, chill out on the Red Bull...
I hardly think it's worth impeachment, but at a MINIMUM he owes the President an apology.
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Saturday Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 02:07 PM
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4. I heard on one of the networks that
Obama was the President at noon even if he took no oath. The oath is just a formality. Otherwise why wouldn't he have to take it at noon exactly? He took it a few minutes after noon. Did we have no President for 5 minutes?
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TreasonousBastard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 02:11 PM
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8. I believe that's the 20th Amendment, and the joke is that...
Biden was President for about five minutes since it's unclear that the amendment superceded the required oath.

(He might still be, for that matter...)



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Fearless Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 02:09 PM
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5. Well at any rate, his job yesterday certainly says wonders for him being a Bush pick.
Edited on Wed Jan-21-09 02:09 PM by Fearless
:rofl:
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Barack_America Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 03:00 PM
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15. Atta boy, Johnny.
:rofl:
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El Supremo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 02:09 PM
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6. I'd rater impeach Scalia, Thomas & Kennedy...
for putting that SOB in office in 2000.
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Zywiec Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 02:10 PM
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7. Roberts apologized to Obama at the Capitol luncheon
and said it was his fault.

What type of personality can never let anything go?

I'm sure these people must be a joy in a relationship.


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Yes We Did Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 03:01 PM
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16. Snort!
Was just thinking the same thing.
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BlueCaliDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 02:16 PM
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9. I can only dream Roberts be impeached and make David Souter Chief Justice.
Then get a progressive Democrat confirmed to fill the empty seat to finally balance that one-sided SC so it would be more representative of the majority of Americans.

As President, Obama may choose whom to appoint as Chief Justice right? I mean, Bush stepped over Scalia and the others there to make Roberts Chief Justice, so can't President Obama?
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onetiredmom Donating Member (96 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 02:34 PM
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10. Huffington Post said....
"The encounter was briefly awkward after Obama stepped on Roberts' opening lines from the 35-word constitutionally prescribed oath of office. The chief justice then wandered into a verbal detour of his own."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/01/20/justice-robert ...

I don't think it was on purpose. I'm sure both were nervous and it sounds like Roberts lost his rhythm after that happened.
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Overseas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 02:47 PM
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11. K&R! Yes please. //nt
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Phx_Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 02:55 PM
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12. Get over it Craig. A legal analyst on CNN(?) said yesterday
that the oath was perfunctionary only and that the President-elect automatically becomes President at 12:00 noon on January 20, with or without the oath. Because the oath was administered at 12:05 p.m., Obama was already President. He explained that Congress (I think) passed an amendment or something states the PE becomes POTUS at 12:00noon on Jan 20 period so, technically, the oath doesn't matter.

I have no personal knowledge about this -- just sharing what I heard on TV.

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BeyondGeography Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 02:58 PM
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13. Never blog after midnight, Craig
Pissed me off, too, but this almost reads like a joke, especially if you know Crawford.
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Zodiak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 02:59 PM
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14. Heck of a job, Roberts!
How emblematic of the state of our country.....a divisive asshole Bush appointee who was put in that spot more for his political hackery than qualifications screws up the oath of office for the new President of the US, and the new President has to correct him and perhaps do extra work to clean up the appointee's fuck up.

Wow...where have we seen this movie before?
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