Skip to main content

View Diary: John McCain has meltdown when asked why he didn't attend Benghazi briefing (230 comments)

Comment Preferences

  •  Possible infirm McCain: get used to it (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    billso, greenbird, Zack from the SFV

    The sad truth is that there ain't nothing that can be done by AZ, its voters, the Senate, the courts, and the GOP, if McCain were  to behave in a manner consistent with a loss of mental acuity or even be diagnosed with it unless he chose to step down.

    Slate puts it bluntly:

    In theory, a total vegetable could sit in Congress as long as their family refused to pull the political plug. Likewise, party leaders rarely pressure a member to step down—at least not publicly. That said, incapacitated members of Congress aren't very effective. Their staffers may continue to write legislation and advocate for their constituents' interests, but the members have little sway if they're not physically able to show up for votes.
    Slate cites the example of Gladys Spellman who won reelection while in a coma and whose family resisted her stepping down (figuratively).

    Aye.

    Slate on incapicitated members of Cong.

    "Are you bluish? You don't look bluish," attributed to poet Roger Joseph McGough, for the Beatles' Yellow Submarine (1968).

    by BlueStateRedhead on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 02:23:44 PM PST

    •  o and not to mention POTUS: (0+ / 0-)

      as in Ray-Gun.
      ye gods: what can humans NOT concieve of doing to themselves and their companions.

      i remain grateful that Ollie et al are as "influential" as they are; otherwise, i could rename my town "Warsaw."

      * Join: The Action: End the Bush Tax Cuts for Richest Two Percent * Addington's Perpwalk: TRAILHEAD of Accountability for Bush-2 Crimes.

      by greenbird on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 02:39:27 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Potus for sure, separation of powers, the rest.... (0+ / 0-)

        ....I have to admit I don't get the references. popculture I missed, maybe? As I enjoy your posts, I want to get the full meaning of this one.
        Sorry for the obtuseness. poor grades in pop culture class.

        "Are you bluish? You don't look bluish," attributed to poet Roger Joseph McGough, for the Beatles' Yellow Submarine (1968).

        by BlueStateRedhead on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 02:44:33 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

    •  Slate worth it: examples of just how vegetable (0+ / 0-)

      ...they don't mean Kirk, Johnson, and Gifford, where communication with senior staff was on going to at least some degree, recovery a real possibility and constituents were served....they mean people in comas, senile, and other forms of total incapacitation and yet they or their family refused to give up the seat...

      I know the word vegetable may be offensive, but that's the one they chose.

      "Are you bluish? You don't look bluish," attributed to poet Roger Joseph McGough, for the Beatles' Yellow Submarine (1968).

      by BlueStateRedhead on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 02:49:11 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  technically (0+ / 0-)

      The Senate could do something about it. But as the quote indicates, no way would you get 2/3rds to vote to expel an incapacitated member, let alone one vote. Expulsion in the Senate has almost no precedent outside the Civil War.. the only other one was 1797, for treason.

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site