David Vitter Mistakenly Accuses Climate Bill of Giving Dictatorial Powers to President

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Tuesday, November 10, 2009 at 2:24 pm

This is a deeply strange story, ably picked apart by the smart conservative blogger Ed Morrissey. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) has been making the rounds today claiming that the climate bill includes a provision that — in the words of the Washington Examiner — “requires President Obama to act like Venezuelan strong man Hugo Chavez” and assume emergency powers if a “climate emergency” is declared by the EPA. The truth, from the legislation:

In the event that the Administrator or the National Academy of Sciences has concluded, in the most recent report submitted under section 705 or 706 respectively, that the United States will not achieve the necessary domestic greenhouse gas emissions reductions, or that global actions will not maintain safe global average surface temperature and atmospheric greenhouse gas concentration thresholds, the President shall, not later than July 1, 2015, and every 4 years thereafter, submit to Congress a plan identifying domestic and international actions that will achieve necessary additional greenhouse gas reductions, including any recommendations for legislative action.

And yet Vitter has the bizarre and fact-challenged version of this story up at his Website:

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Redwood Rhiadra
Comment posted November 10, 2009 @ 2:40 pm

Ooh, the President shall have the power to *submit a plan to Congress* – SCARY!


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Ivory
Comment posted November 10, 2009 @ 3:13 pm

MY GOD!!! Why does what disgraced people like Vitter, Cheney, and Ensign say get so much coverage? Why should we care? Same for disgraceful people like Palin. They're all dumb as a spoon!!!!!!!!!


strangely_enough
Comment posted November 10, 2009 @ 3:14 pm

I thought it was Michael Goldfarb who said the framers “sought an energetic executive with near dictatorial power…”
Of course, Bush was president at the time.


steve morgan
Comment posted November 10, 2009 @ 3:45 pm

Senator Vitter is supposed to represent me in my State of LA. but assuredly doesn't. He has BOMBARDED every form of media around here including Facebook and other social networking sites. I receive at least 2 robo-calls EVERY day from this hypocritical blowhard. We live in the poorest, least educated, highest infant mortality, RED state in the union.

I always thought that a elected official was supposed to represent EVERY constituent in there district. He represents a fringe element of the Republican Party, which come to think of it, isn't the fringe any more, but the core.

I hope and pray that the voters get this bought and payed for, sanctimonious arse booted out, where the only place I will ever see his mug is on Faux News.


mroades
Comment posted November 10, 2009 @ 3:56 pm

I think, when describing Barak Obama… Sen Vitter's description fits like a glove. Everyones down a Sarah Palin right now for her speech in Wisconsin where she describes Obama's health care bills, “Death Panels”, & personally.. I think the anger should be directed where it belongs, because that's exactly what we'll be getting (Death Panels) if the Senate rolls over for Obama like the House did, & votes for this crappy bill. Obama shows himself as a dictator more, & more as he sits in the White House, but American's have become too blinded by our own naivete, that the majority of us are willing to be led around by our noses, only to be led right off a cliff. And I use to think Radical Muslims were brain washed.


chrisjay
Comment posted November 10, 2009 @ 3:58 pm

Diaper Dave is such a laughing stock—-as if the GOP doesn't have enough problems! They have to pretend to take the likes of this clown, Ensign, Sanford, Craig etc seriously. How much of this kind of hemorrhage can a nat'l party be expected to sustain before it simply keels over sideways…


redmjoel
Comment posted November 10, 2009 @ 4:26 pm

This comment is so far outside the realm of reality that I'm not even sure where to start. If there is rationing, it will be more sensible than currently, based on need and not on whether you have insurance or not. But this article was not about the health care bill. It was about the climate bill, wherein it says that the president has to submit a report to congress. He doesn't get to do anything. Furthermore, Obama might not even be president in 2015, and will be a lame duck at that point even if he is. Join us here in reality. The water's fine.


tbinsd
Comment posted November 10, 2009 @ 4:33 pm

You seem too blinded by stupidity! If you want “Death Panels” look no further than your own health insurance plan. But I'm sure Super Sarah will come to save the day with a wink and a high-powered rifle.


rexfeatherston
Comment posted November 10, 2009 @ 4:33 pm

David Vitter is a crackpot that twists legislation language into anything adverse toward President Obama. He has lost crediability along with Sarah Palin in their quest for political power. Let them blow their mouths off and continue to sink further into the swamp.

FXSTON


Darwin
Comment posted November 10, 2009 @ 4:35 pm

mroades you have serious issues. Seek therapy.


Darwin
Comment posted November 10, 2009 @ 4:35 pm

mroades you have serious issues. Seek therapy.


carolynlebeauf
Comment posted November 10, 2009 @ 4:45 pm

I am from Louisisana and I am a democrat,I went to a vitter townhall just to see what I had to go through to get in. Well I got in, and for me to sit there and hear the lies Vitter feeds to these people, with a straight face was appauling.
They sit there and just soak up every lie he tells, and they have know idea how this man is taking advantage of them. They are so brainwashed that they don't even know ,they don't know.I left there feeling so sorry for these people.I saw a raped victim confront him on his vote against FRANKEN'S Amendent, and the way he treated this women was appaulding. He tried to make her beleive it was PRESIDENT OBAMA'S fault he voted againsgt the Franken Amendent.
David Vitter is a very dangerous man. If his followers ever find out he is lying and misleading them, their will be no place he will be able to hide. Vitter is a domestic terriost.


debbieqd
Comment posted November 10, 2009 @ 4:54 pm

David Vitter is dumb. David Vitter is mean. David Vitter is a bigot. What else can one say?


E_Joyce
Comment posted November 10, 2009 @ 5:47 pm

And I bet you follow Rush, Beck, et al, more than willing to do their bidding. You cannot identify a single situation, a single piece of legislation that President Obama wrote, voted in all by himself and signed. Your mantra is both tired and ridiculous. If you can't produce any evidence to support your premise, you have to ask yourself why you believe it. Unless it's really all about your bed linens showing.


brendanm
Comment posted November 10, 2009 @ 6:06 pm

He's a hypocrite and a liar, but I don't think he's nearly as dumb as he pretends to be. He went to Harvard and then to Oxford as a Rhodes scholar. Like Gov. Jindal, he's probably just pretending to be a fucking moron, which is apparently how Louisianans like their leaders.


debbieqd
Comment posted November 10, 2009 @ 6:34 pm

Right, but George W. Bush went to Yale and Harvard Business School and there's no way he made it through on his own steam. These guys got a lot of “help.”

Years ago, a girlfriend taught me a life lesson: Dumb people are sly.


brendanm
Comment posted November 10, 2009 @ 6:55 pm

George Bush faked his accent and pretended to be folksy and dumb, but he clearly was actually pretty dumb. But he went to business school and used his family connections to get by. Being a Rhodes scholar, like Rachel Maddow and Bill Clinton, is a little harder to fake.


gparks
Comment posted November 10, 2009 @ 7:00 pm

mroades … your sheet is showing! Insurance companies have “death panels” … “pre-existing conditions”, medical limits, people dropped from coverage are just a few of the names they use. Maybe you don't know this … Congress and the Senate craft/make bills … Presidents “sign” them into law. And what is crappy about Americans like you and your loved ones getting affordable health care just like your beloved Sen Vitter? You don't think you are worthy or worth it? Maybe you are right … you are NOT worth it! Since this serve is an “opt -in” service … just say no! Oh if you do get sick … hurry up and die! We wouldn't want you to be a burden on the rest of America.


donmore
Comment posted November 11, 2009 @ 12:16 am

For Christ's sake. What is in the water in the South that Vitter and Demint drink? These clowns make Trent Lott and Strom Thurman seem downright professorial.


wattnot
Comment posted November 11, 2009 @ 1:05 am

Why does anyone expect something else fromt his toerag?n


robertgilley
Comment posted November 11, 2009 @ 7:13 am

And what is so strange here? Republicans have never let the facts get in the way of partisan politics.


robertgilley
Comment posted November 11, 2009 @ 7:15 am

Its not in the water in the south, its in the culture and the “grand ole party of the south.”


robertgilley
Comment posted November 11, 2009 @ 7:16 am

I suspect you are correct. Bush's IQ has been estimated at 84. Just above Moron.


G. Jones
Comment posted November 11, 2009 @ 11:00 am

Why does the headline say “mistaken”? Vitter is not mistaken. He knows what the truth is. He is another GOP liar.


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clapol
Comment posted November 23, 2009 @ 9:12 am

Vitter needs to go. He has done nothing for the state of Louisiana, except successfully scare people with lies and distortions. Charlie Melancon is by far the more effective leader and a much better candidate.


chrisjay
Comment posted November 24, 2009 @ 9:57 pm

Jump over to the parallel thread to see the Vitter/Inhofe Klan wetting themselves over “Climategate” —- whatever veracity is borne out by the charges, association with these Republican knuckle-draggers will fatally wound their cause
LOL


republicanstupidity
Comment posted November 27, 2009 @ 5:11 pm

BET YOU ARE A UNEDUCATED ASSHOLE TOO. WHY SHOULD ANY CARE WHAT YOUR DUMB ASS THINKS?? EASY TO SCREW WITH YOU BECAUSE YOU ARE SCREWWITHABLE…..PWT!!


republicanstupidity
Comment posted November 27, 2009 @ 10:11 pm

BET YOU ARE A UNEDUCATED ASSHOLE TOO. WHY SHOULD ANY CARE WHAT YOUR DUMB ASS THINKS?? EASY TO SCREW WITH YOU BECAUSE YOU ARE SCREWWITHABLE…..PWT!!


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