Originally published September 18, 2009
Joe Wilson has now been censured for shouting "You lie!" during the president's recent address to the joint session, because "liar" is not among the presidential insults approved for use by House members.
Under section 370 of the House Rules and Manual, it is only appropriate to shout out that the president is "something hated, something oppressive," that he's "using legislative or judicial pork," that his message is "a disgrace to the country," or say that the president (or other official) is among the "half-baked nitwits handling foreign affairs."
But in the interest of saving time and shortening speeches, Hope n' Change suggests that members of the House should now simply shout "SECTION 370!" whenever the president is lying.
Update June 11, 2011
Today's cartoon is being revisited owing to Democrat Anthony Weiner's claim that emailing pornographic snapshots of "Mr. Happy" to random strangers doesn't violate House ethics rules. Which makes us think: "those are some pretty feeble freakin' rules."
And indeed they are. We weren't making up the language shown in the original commentary; you can't call the president a liar (although the president was lying, as everyone knows now) but you can call him all sorts of other terrible things. Or, we suppose, send him email of your genitalia.
Truthfully, it seems like the House only really adheres to two ethics rule: don't get caught, and don't drag the party down with you.
But Anthony Weiner continues to hang on...and is asserting that the whole incident stemmed from a spectacularly bad misunderstanding of Congressional franking privileges.