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Rep Peter King Will Not Be Able to Call Michael Jackson a Pedophile on the House Floor, Sadly

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Contra Texas Democratic Representative Sheila Jackson-Lee, the House will not be voting on or even debating Resolution 600, which would claim Michael Jackson as an “American legend and musical icon,” and put the pop singer forward as “someone who will be honored forever and forever and forever and forever” (there may have been more “forevers”; unclear). Nancy Pelosi, sensibly, declared at a press conference today that

    “Michael Jackson was a great, great performer, and lots of sadness there for many reasons…What I have said to my colleagues over the years, and certainly as leader and as speaker, is that there’s an opportunity on the floor of the House to express their sympathy or their praise any time that they wish. I don’t think it’s necessary for us to have a resolution.”

Angry NY GOP Congressman Peter King, who is currently on a national Jackson-is-pervert tour, is surely relieved, although he may have welcomed to the opportunity to do some more grandstanding about his dead, “pedophile” nemesis. King has been on quite a tear, appearing on YouTube, CBS 2 HD, Bill O’Reilly, and the New York Post, to name a few, in order to wallow in the “raw nerve” he opened in a mournful nation by talking about Jackson’s alleged boy-violating ways.

Others probably agree with him: the Times comes dangerously close to being funny with this tongue-in-cheek aside about the dilemma Pelosi faces: “The House speaker also may want to avoid the spectacle of another walkout by those who aren’t spending their congressional pay downloading the ultimate Jackson collections or imitating or perfecting the moonwalk.” We say if even one congress(wo)man perfects the moonwalk, preferably on the House floor, Jackson will have won, in perpetuity, resolutions be damned.

Pelosi Nixes Jackson Memorial Resolution [The Caucus/NY Times]