Tea Party leader Judson Phillips: Constitution FAIL!

Not satisfied with the results of the 2012 presidential election, Tea Party Nation founder Judson Phillips has a “brilliant” idea on how to disregard the results of the presidential election and have the losing candidate, Republican Mitt Romney, installed as president.

Is there a way to stop this?

Yes, there is.

And the best part – this is totally constitutional.

The 12th Amendment of the Constitution as well as Article II of the Constitution govern the Electoral College.

According to the 12th Amendment, for the Electoral College to be able to select the president, it must have a quorum of two-thirds of the states voting. If enough states refuse to participate, the Electoral College will not have a quorum. If the Electoral College does not have a quorum or otherwise cannot vote or decide, then the responsibility for selecting the president and vice president devolves to the Congress.

The only problem with Judson Phillips’ scheme is that it’s not actually based in reality – or the Constitution for that matter – as noted by Aaron Blake of the Washington Post.

Phillips cites the 12th Amendment as proof that the Electoral College needs a two-thirds quorum (i.e. having enough states present to conduct a vote), but in fact, the 12th Amendment only governs quorums in the House. There is nothing in the law, it appears, that prevents the Electoral College from electing a president even if some states don’t participate.

I guess Judson Phillips, a leader of the Tea Party movement, has a much looser interpretation of the Constitution than the rest of us.

Judge: Tea Party Nation founder must pay $748k Las Vegas hotel bill

Does anyone else find this as hilarious as I do?

A judge has ordered Tea Party Nation founder Judson Phillips to pay a six-figure hotel bill for a large number of rooms he booked for a tea party rally, which he later cancelled when the event failed to draw enough attendees.

The Venetian Las Vegas Casino Resort alleged that Phillips had reserved 1,637 rooms for the July 2010 event, and then cancelled the reservations just a few weeks before the scheduled date. He did not pay for the rooms.

In a court order last month, which The Tennessean reported Thursday, a judge ruled that Phillips owed the resort $748,000, including the $554,000 hotel bill and $194,300 in accrued interest.

There’s also a certain amount of irony in this situation, given that the Venetian Hotel is owned by billionaire Republican mega-donor Sheldon Adelson.

I can’t wait for the right wing blogs to call out some of their own for a lack of civility (VIDEO)

As I surf the intertubes I’ve found that many of the right-wing blogs that populate the right side of the Cheddarsphere are fond of pointing out what they perceive is a lack of civility from those of us on the left side of the political spectrum.

Strangely, those same folks who are so outraged at the hateful rhetoric and incivility of the left are often silent as church mice when it comes to hateful rhetoric coming from individuals on their side of the political spectrum. Case in point would be the absolutely hateful rhetoric coming from leaders within the “Tea Party” movement at a rally here in Wisconsin on Saturday.

Judson PhillipsSpeaking at the “Milwaukee” Tea Party Express rally in Thiensville on Saturday, Tea Party Nation CEO Judson Phillips (pictured, right) made it abundantly clear that he hates (and that word might actually be an understatement) those of us on the left side of the political spectrum and what we believe in.

“I will tell you ladies and gentlemen, I detest and despise everything the left stands for. How anybody can endorse and embrace an ideology that has killed a billion people in the last century is beyond me,”

Here’s some video of Judson Phillips spewing his vitriolic message of hate:


Vince SchmukiNot to be outdone by Judson Phillips, Vince Schmuki (pictured, left), a leader of the Ozaukee Patriot tea party group (and a leader of the spectacular failure of an effort to recall former Gov. Jim Doyle) compared the recalls efforts here in Wisconsin to the terrorist attacks that felled the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City on September 11, 2001 (emphasis added).

“This is ground zero,” said Schmuki. “You remember what the term ground zero means? We have been attacked.”

He continued, “Tuesday is going to be the beginning of our takeover. And we’re going to follow it up the following week, and then we’re going to polish off the enemy in November 2012. Who’s with me?”

So there you have it folks….Judson Phillips of the Tea Party Nation “detest and despise everything the left stands for” while Vince Schmuki thinks all the folks who’ve been working to recall those Republican State Senators who’ve stood in solidarity with Gov. Scott Walker’s anti-public employee agenda are comparable to the terrorists who attacked the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

Judson Phillips and Vince Schmuki ought to be ashamed of themselves, as should anyone who stands silent and condones their hateful rhetoric.

President Obama releases long form birth certificate, birthers still skeptical

Yesterday President Barack Obama, in an attempt to finally put the “birther” conspiracy to rest, released a copy of his long-form birth certificate (see below). However, despite the release of President Obama’s long form birth certificate, some birthers are still skeptical.

  • Orly Taitz, the so-called “queen of the birthers?” Still not convinced.
  • Judson Phillips of the Koch-funded Tea Party Express? Skeptical.

For the record, here’s an image of President Obama’s long form birth certificate:

While I’d like to think the release of President Obama’s long form birth certificate will finally put this issue to rest, I know better, because there are plenty of folks out there who’ll believe this is all part of a grand conspiracy.

Here’s some video of President Obama discussing the release of his long form birth certificate, along with a swipe at Donald Trump as a “carnival barker” stoking the made-up controversy: