Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts
Claim To Fame: Oregon’s most senior member of Congress
Why He’s the Insane Liberal of the Week: for whining and “investigating” the prospect of impeaching Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts because he might lose his seat to a GOP challenger next month.
Thanks to Barack Obama’s socialist policies we live in a very trying and polarizing time. Ask any Democrat politician trying to get reelected in a couple of weeks and you’ll feel the frustration of what happens when you blindly supported stuff like Obamacare or cap-n-trade and a stimulus bill that did nothing to bolster the hurting economy. Not only is the country greatly divided, but the prospects of the GOP taking over Congress Nov. 2 is getting realer with each passing day.
Enter Peter DeFazio, a longtime liberal congressman from Oregon who now faces a tough fight to get reelected against his Republican challenger Art Robinson. Energized by a combination of soft money and anti-government sentiment, the relatively unknown Robinson is making a surprisingly close race out of his bid to unseat DeFazio. And now DeFazio’s angry, really angry at . . . Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts?!?
See, according to Defazio, it was Roberts who as part of a “perverted majority” went and manipulated deliberations in the case of Citizens United v. FEC in order to create an opening for a 5-4 ruling that eliminated limits on campaign spending by corporations (conservatives can recall Barack Obama using his bully pulpit to embarrass SCOTUS over the same ruling at his State of the Union speech earlier this year). Defazio, whose established a well-deserved rep for fighting Wall Street corruption over the years, feels that hedge fund managers have conspired and banded together to meddle in his reelection race, contributing loot to Robinson’s campaign and targeting him with vicious ads and now he’s fighting back against the Roberts court for allowing it to happen: ‘They have done more to undermine our democracy with their Citizens United decision than all of the Republican operatives in the world in this campaign. They’ve opened the floodgates, and personally, I’m investigating articles of impeachment against Justice Roberts for perjuring during his Senate hearings, where he said he wouldn’t be a judicial activist, and he wouldn’t overturn precedents.’
But in targeting a Supreme Court justice for impeachment, does DeFazio look to be panicking or like Obama, is he just in denial about the fact that on both sides of the political aisle many hedge-fund managers, bankers and CEO’s meddle in elections, spending hundreds of millions of dollars to buy the results they want? Consider too the virtual impossibility of actually getting a Supreme Court justice impeached (esp. after Nov. 2) and what you’re left with is our Insane Liberal of the Week.