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Just in case you were wondering, vitriol-fueled weaselborg Maine Governor Paul LePage is never going to join LBJ or even Harry Reid in the ranks of politicians of whom people say “Love him or hate him, he sure knows how to work parliamentary procedure!” This is largely thanks to his complete failure to “pocket veto” a bunch of bills he didn’t like, including one measure, LD 369, that would provide financial assistance to refugees and asylum seekers. LePage hates the bill, calling it “illegal alien welfare.” So he refused to sign it and another 18 bills. Just one problem with that: under Maine law, LePage did it completely wrong, as Think Progress explains (if you listen carefully, you can hear writer Tara Culp-Ressler giggling right through the text):

At issue, however, is the “pocket veto” process in Maine. If the state legislature has concluded for the session, the governor’s inaction on a piece of legislation over the course of 10 days ensures that it’s “pocket vetoed,” without giving lawmakers a chance to vote to override the decision. It appears that LePage intended to use this process to reject the asylum bill, among other pieces of legislation, including a measure to prohibit the shackling of pregnant inmates.

There’s just one problem: Maine’s legislature is still in session, so LePage’s inaction didn’t work as planned. Instead of vetoing the bills, his 10-day delay may now allow them to become law without his signature, according to the state constitution. The ACLU of Maine says that it’s clear to them that the legislation should be allowed to take effect.

Oopsies. As the Bangor Daily News notes, the strategy done blowed up in LePage’s face:

LePage has used racist language and lies to characterize the asylum seekers as “illegal.” Attacking them was central to his re-election campaign and his legislative strategy.

Now, unwittingly it appears, he has allowed a bipartisan bill to become law that allows asylum seekers to receive General Assistance for up to two years.

Why didn’t LePage just straight out veto the bills? It looks like he wanted to avoid the possibility of an override by the state legislature, where both Republicans and Democrats are increasingly getting tired of LePage, and are in fact considering impeaching him over his threat to withhold funding for a school to hurt a political enemy.

House Majority Leader Jeff McCabe, a Democrat, said there’s no two ways about it: those bills are now law.

The law is clear, the Constitution is clear: We’re still in session; we haven’t adjourned, so a pocket veto isn’t even an option … So in the meantime, we should celebrate these bills becoming law.

Insert your mental audio file of Nelson from the Simpsons going “HA-haah!” here.

Asked about the governor’s reasons for not taking action on the bills, LePage spokeswoman Adrienne Bennett explained — incorrectly, apparently — that it was all pretty clear, pointing to the section on the pocket veto in a state publication on how bills work and saying, “I’m surprised the Legislature does not understand this.” It’s not clear whether Bennett also hummed the tune to “I’m Only a Bill” to underline her completely inaccurate point. Duh. What part of our complete misreading of state law don’t you understand?

So now a whole bunch of things that LePage thought he’d cleverly killed — so dead that the legislature couldn’t even override him — are now in fact law. Heckuva job, Paulie.

At this rate, the Maine Lege may not even need to impeach LePage — he might just find a way to accidentally resign. But that shouldn’t be a problem — Donald Trump could always use a sharp political mind on his team.

[ThinkProgress / Bangor Daily News / Bangor Daily News again / Portland Press Herald]

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  • Beowoof14
    • jmk

      Just google his name and check the links under More News – there’s an interesting collection of headlines:

      “The Idiot Thug Running Maine”
      “Maine’s Paul Lepage Stakes Claim As Nation’s Worst Governor”
      “Here’s Why Lawmakers Want to Impeach Maine Gov. Paul Lepage”
      “Combative Maine Governor Becomes a Party of One”
      “Paul LePage Jokes About Shooting Newspaper Cartoonist”

      And my favorite… “Birds of a feather? Christie nabs endorsement” about how Christie and Lepage endorsed one another.

    • sarafina

      Stephen King sounds like a good guy.

  • Oblios_Cap

    What a maroon!

  • dslindc

    HAHAHAHAHAHA!

    But seriously, voters in Maine, this guy is a serious lesson in SHOWING THE FUCK UP TO VOTE EVERY DAMN TIME.

    • Lizzietish81

      Seriously Maine voters, you have ONE JOB!

    • nightmoth

      I live in the South, and have never been to Maine, so I see it as some kind of cold but beautiful paradise with hard-working, thrifty Yankees of few, but honest, words. Will someone from Maine enlighten me as to how you had a brown-skin hater run for governor, let alone get elected?

      • janecita

        I’m not from Maine, but my theory is that since 94% of people in Maine are white, they probably think that dark skinned people are only a myth or an urban legend.

        • MrBlobfish

          Yet somehow are still bankrupting the state with welfare scams.

          • marxalot

            Well, they are NOW, thanks LePageObama!

        • Logic of Color

          Today, we are all not from Maine

      • Lascauxcaveman

        I asked this question about a year ago, and the answer was “The first time we elected him, we didn’t know he was such an asshole, then the second time, the progressive vote was split between two decent folks and the asshole won with something like a 40% plurality.”

        • nightmoth

          Thanks. You know, between the Rebel flag rally in Arizona and the Governor of Maine, today’s Wonkette makes me think the South is a virus that’s infected the rest of the country. Sorry about that, spirits of my ancestors.

        • bobbert

          Actually, he was initially elected with 38% of the vote, because the Democrat wouldn’t get out of the way of the Indy (who got 36%). But he was RE-elected with 48% of the vote, which I find slightly depressing.

  • Ryan Denniston

    This is the very definition of tripping over your dick. Molotov Maine!

    • marxalot

      Zip, zip, zip that dick right up in your fly! Now dance around screaming and flailing! It’s the dance sensation sweeping the Derp nation!

  • beatbort

    How was this guy even in office long enough to prove the obvious: that’s he’s a GWBush-like fuckup?

    • jmk

      Even better is his strategy to avoid impeachment, which is that he cannily tells the legislature they’re not allowed to impeach him…at which point they all presumably mutter amongst themselves, pack up, and leave.

  • Msgr_Moment

    Even the salted rats are withholding their consent.

    • I had always assumed the dicks were salted AFTER removal… Huh…

      [img]https://angelicagraceart.files.wordpress.com/2015/07/themoreyouknow.jpg

      • Mehmeisterjr

        After? Where’s the fun in that?

  • Lizzietish81

    This is like the time McConnell filibustered himself

  • Toomush_Infer

    Forgot to turn le page – oh, there it is…fuk…..

  • PubOption

    It seems that his plans have come unstuck.

  • Mary Sandoras

    Weasleborg? I wish I had Photoshop right now.

    • willi0000000

      get GIMP . . . it does just about everything PhotoShop can . . . it’s free . . . and there are lots of free online tutorials to get you going.

      • mtn_philosoph

        That’s good to know. I have used GIMP for years and I still find the interface to be pretty opaque. I have no friggin’ idea what half of the tools do. Still, I have no plans to switch to anything else.

  • Vecciojohn

    This act just isn’t the same without Stan Laurel.

    • RoyalUglyDude

      “This is a fine mess I’ve gotten me into.”

  • Villago Delenda Est

    Apparently LePage has a literacy problem. Can’t read the state constitution.

    Well, Maine. You had the option of avoiding this mess with votes last November, and you totally blew it.

    • janecita

      To be fair, he would have totally lost if it wasn’t for Eliot Cutler, the Independent candidate. LePage got 48% of the vote, the Democratic candidate got 43% and this Cutler guy got 8%.

      • nightmoth

        Thx for the info–that kinda explains it—still, this guy got 48% of the vote??!!
        I have to go re-evaluate the picture-postcard of Maine in my head.

        • janecita

          Don’t, Maine is absolutely gorgeous!

          • kindness

            Except they elected LePage TWICE. Sorry but the only one who is happy are the people from Wisconsin as it makes the rest of us forget Wisconsin elected their syphallitic dick 3 times.

          • janecita

            We elected Christie twice also, and we didn’t even have the excuse of a three party race.

  • toomanyrappers

    I thought we were sending all the crazies to Kansas…

    • Anarchy Pony

      This is america, there’s crazies under every rock.

      • sarafina

        America, Land of the Mobile Crazies.

        • Blank Ron

          Ah, so you’ve driven down I-75 during the snowbird migration too.

  • elviouslyqueer

    The only surprise in reading a post about a fat-fuck venal corrupt vengeful politician is that it didn’t mention Chris Christie.

    • Tallmutha

      Bwah-hah, the TPM article on this actually did!

      Democrats, which [sic.–this is TPM, after all] control the state House, are crowing about the turn of events. In particular they point out that LePage was endorsing New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) for president at an event in Maine last week instead of vetoing the bills in a timely fashion.

    • James Christopher Owen

      They all look alike to me.

  • Callyson

    Insert your mental audio file of Nelson from the Simpsons going “HA-haah!” here.

    OK:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rX7wtNOkuHo

  • MrBlobfish

    I’m really surprised that the 30 or so residents of Maine re-elected this guy.

    • nmmagyar

      I blame Stephen King

      • janecita

        I blame Penny Wise

        • Dee Andee

          He ate all the nice kids and only left the assholes behind. It was part of his diabolical plan!

      • Zyxomma

        … for everything.

  • Oblios_Cap

    The Massholes must keep voting for that guy.

  • Bill Slider

    Why have staff if they are too stupid to realize that there are legislative rules for when the legislature is in session, then other rules when they are not in session.

  • Msgr_Moment

    There once was this asshole from Maine
    Whose legal acumen was quite lame…..

    • darnyoudarnyoutoheck

      Some bills tried to veto
      By a process quite neato
      He made sure they passed all the same

      • James Christopher Owen

        Well played, sir.

  • darnyoudarnyoutoheck

    Ah, stupid indeed, and too stupid to hire even marginally non-stupid help.

  • VandeGraf

    How could a human person– I’m thinking of Adrienne Bennett — tolerate the embarrassment of working for someone like LePage? Unless she isn’t embarrassed, in which case, she should seek medical treatment and pharmaceutical intervention.

    • marxalot

      It’s because of the pharmaceutical intervention that she isn’t embarrassed.

      • Bitter Scribe

        Those must be some powerful drugs. Any chance I could get a sample?

        • Mehmeisterjr

          You forgot “for a friend.”

  • MrBlobfish

    He is a strict Pamphletutional Conservative.

    • willi0000000

      congratulations (or condolences as necessary) you have made it into The Book of Wonderfulness™

  • Mhael

    Maine: it’s New England’s very own Deep South of Derp to the north! ;)

    • Jen_Baker_VA

      Maine is totally in the South…if you are in Canada.

      • Blank Ron

        Hmm. Most of it is NORTH of me. Well, east-northeast.

    • katahdin

      I resemble that remark. We voted for Barack LeBama twice.

  • MrBlobfish

    And he’s not running for President because…?

    • marxalot

      “Face Like a Cat’s Arse” won’t fit on my Bingo cards at a legible size?

      • Dee Andee

        Cat buttz libulz!!11!!

    • janecita

      The Clown minivan already has its North Eastern, Soprano wanna be.

    • Good_Gawd_Yall

      I love you, man.

  • Come here a minute

    I played that mental audio file, and the schadenfreude was so powerful that the “ha ha” burst right out of my mouth!

    • jmk

      Me also too!! Loud enough for the guy in the next office to ask “what’s so funny?”

  • marxalot

    Here’s the visual, to go with it, also too.

  • nmmagyar

    You have to read the caption in Sofie Kachinsky’s voice

  • marxalot

    Countdown to LePage trying a retroactive emergency adjournment of the Lege in 10… 9… 8…

  • Adam Pack

    Sorry, go back a second. He wanted to veto a law ‘prohibiting the shackling of pregnant inmates’? Why the motherloving fuck is that not already illegal? And on what possible grounds could someone want to keep the option? Jesus.

    • Mehmeisterjr

      Well, you know how those preggers prison busts are a constant problem.

      • Adam Pack

        I have the greatest of respect for pregnant women, since it looks like pretty hard work, but they’re not exactly the most mobile of people, are they?

  • AngryBlakGuy

    …according to the Democratic Senate leader, he was to busy giving Chris Christie handjobs to worry about the legislative process.

    Hope you enjoyed that visual!!!

    • SK

      Well, fuck you too!!!!

    • jmk

      *think of puppies think of puppies think of puppies think of puppies think of puppies*

      • Dee Andee

        Yeah, puppies. Especially not thinking about Christie in that baseball uniform, oh no. No. Nope. Puppies!

        • jmk

          PUPPIES PUPPIES PUPPIES!!!!

          • Unforgotten

            Puppies looking at you with those MARVELOUS puppies’ big eyes!
            Puppies looking at you with those MARVELOUS puppies’ big eyes!
            Puppies looking at you with those MARVELOUS puppies’ big eyes!
            Puppies looking at you with those MARVELOUS puppies’ big eyes!
            Puppies looking at you with those MARVELOUS puppies’ big eyes!
            Puppies looking at you with those MARVELOUS puppies’ big eyes!
            Puppies looking at you with those MARVELOUS puppies’ big eyes!

          • jmk

            Ahhhh yes… that does help.

    • Bitter Scribe

      No. No, I did not.

  • SK

    Rarely is the question asked: “HOW THE FUCK DID HE GET ELECTED GUBNER IN THAT STATE?”

    • twice.

    • just_jim

      Three way race. The other two split the non-crazy vote, and the crazies all voted for him.

      • SK

        2010, yes.

        2014, he got 48.x% of the vote. That’s a lot of crazies.

  • Rick Hill

    Has America learned these clowns cannot govern? They can’t even rule decently.

    • Zippy

      sadly, no. A significant portion of Murica is genetically incapable of learning

      • James Christopher Owen

        “Is our children learning?”

        I dunno George, whaddayu think?

  • say wha

    Too clever by half.

  • calliecallie

    Sorry, Governor LePage, now you can’t get they-a from hee-a.

  • Bitter Scribe

    “Resignation form? I thought that was a bill to allow Muslims to be tarred and feathered!”

  • Iron Monkey

    Don’t have to dig very far beneath the surface to find the fetid, foul racist streak in (what seems to be) most white Americans.

    How many asylum seekers are there in Maine that this disgusting clown could run a campaign based on racist language and lies to characterize the asylum seekers as “illegal”?

    • Jen_Baker_VA

      3, if you count LePage’s gardener and the guy from Canada that sits at the deli every morning pondering the poor decisions he has made in his life

  • Iron Monkey

    That Lepage was re-elected shows that Maine may not be ready for participatory democracy and universal suffrage.

    • Barley_Brains

      FEMA re-education camps are obviously poorly funded in that state. Increase taxes!!!

  • AnOuthouse

    He really should eat less paste.

  • GDleftyPart2

    Yep, nothing funnier than when a lawmaker doesn’t know how his own gawdam job works.
    Is he heading west next election, we need a refill on the crazy.

  • docterry6973

    Maine elected him. No pity.

    • Beaumarchais?

      Twice!

    • meowdiane

      It was a three way race. Dem & Ind split the rational people’s vote. It sucks. Twice

    • sarafina

      Kind of like the Wisconsin side show featuring featuring Scotty Walker.

  • OneYieldRegular

    “Is that a veto in my pocket or am I just happy to see me?”

  • Rufus T. Firefly

    I see LePage is again in a sticky situation.

  • Jen_Baker_VA

    Got only one thing to say to this.
    MUAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHHA
    MUAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    • James Christopher Owen

      How long can the schade hold up under the relentless onslaught of freudeing?!

  • wds

    I’m quite sure it’s for reasons such as this that Charles Pierce (he of the Esquire Political Blog) refers to LePage as “the human bowling-jacket”.

  • Mehmeisterjr

    At this rate, the Maine Lege may not even need to impeach LePage — he might just find a way to accidentally resign.

    Unpocket Autoimpeachment – a bold new concept in asshattery.

  • NanBullenshede

    Sot.

  • fawkedifiknow

    He was too busy playing pocket pool to correctly carry off a pocket veto.

    • bluejayray

      Made me chuckle…

  • Thaumaturgist

    In all fairness to Paul LeGov, the Maine Constitution is not a model of plain English legal drafting. You have to go through three separate parts of that constitution to unravel of issue of when the Legislature “adjourns” for purposes of the successful pocket veto rule. Paul LeGov probably only looked at one of those parts.

    But, Paul LeGov and Maine’s Founding Fathers are not the only one with legal drafting problems. Just by way of comparison, the Rules for Commenting Radicals of a popular website provides in part “No slurs on children or the mentally disabled (the actually mentally disabled).” Which is all fine and good, but this rule ends with the explanation “This (is/means) well-established assholes.” Which I take to mean that it is a violation of that popular website’s Rules to make any “slurs” on Paul LeGov, for Paul LeGov, at least in my opinion, is as well-established an asshole as the Trumpster, W, the Calgarian Candidate (T. Rafael “Santa” Cruz), Dick Cheney, Scott . . . well this comment has to end some time, but you get my drift. So no more slurs on Paul LeGov.

    • sarafina

      You are not the boss of me.

  • Querolous

    I wonder if he has ever thought about launching fireworks of his head? https://bangordailynews.com/2015/07/05/news/down-east/1-dead-in-bizarre-fireworks-accident-in-calais/

  • NorthernSaber

    Trust me, esteemed members of the Wonki-verse: the collective obscenities of all the Anglo-Saxon tongues, though impressive, can’t even get close to an adequate description of this pox upon my state. I don’t care, Texas and Florida- this asshole can out-stupid the lowest of your low six days a week and twice on Sunday. He makes me ashamed to be a Mainer.

    • bluejayray

      I my red state, we now have a pretty good governor but our legislature is like a microcosm of Congress. It’s frustrating, because we’ve got States to run here, not to mention a country–and all these blow-hards want to do is spout hateful rhetoric and thump their chests for Jesus. I’m sick of it.

  • WagMoreBarkLess

    Trump-LePage 2016!

    • TS Idiot

      Dammit, I was just about to type that!

    • colorowdy

      but LePage endorsed CC –

  • bluejayray

    It just gets better and better. I’m glad I’m retired so I can keep up.

  • UnsaltedSinner

    Governor LePetomaine strikes again, misses! He’s like an evil village idiot. But how did this guy get elected in a state so close to Canada and sanity, anyway?

    • sarafina

      It was a three-way race the first time, the other two candidates split enough votes that LePutrescence won. The next election, THE SAME THING HAPPENED. Apparently Mainers have a steep learning curve.

      • shmaesh

        The second time he would have won with or without the third candidate, actually. You can look at the vote split on Wikipedia pretty easily.

        Unfortunately, the second time, all the ammosexuals who bait bears with donuts crawled out of the woodwork to protect their right to torture bears and hounds and put him over the edge.

        Not the third party candidate.

        • sarafina

          So the second time, he was elected by the majority of citizens who cared enough to vote. I think that is how the democratic process (voting) works. It does not make me think any more highly of voters in Maine, however.

  • colorowdy

    LePag is what CC thinks is a good endorsement? omg

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