Hey Robert Gibbs, Why Do You Let Chuck Grassley Be Insane And Still Have Power?

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That’s the only question. When Chuck Grassley goes around spreading this crap about Obama “trying to pull the plug on Grandma,” do you start to worry that maybe he’s acting in bad faith? We don’t think Grassley is sane enough to tell the difference between good faith and bad faith anymore. He just wants to shout on Twitter, not write bipartisan legislation. [Huffington Post]

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64 comments

  1. Tommmcatt

    Gibbs mistake is not speaking in full retard. If you want to reach your average wingnut, ya have to go full retard.

    They need to hire Shorts to translate for them.

  2. The Unfairman

    [re=385962]Tommmcatt[/re]: AIN’T GOAN BE NO DEF PANEYS, Y’ALL!

    See, I can do shorts’ job. He should hire me.

  3. geminisunmars

    Oh No. Does it count if you inadvertently watch CNN on Wonkette, when you told CNN you weren’t going to watch it any more while they allowed Lou Blobs to spew on their network?

  4. x111e7thst

    [re=385968]geminisunmars[/re]: I think you must go troll RedState as a penance and to prove that your heart is still pure.

  5. hobospacejunkie

    Grassley may be a corrupt, back-stabbing, pig fucking insurance industry whore, but he does have at least one thing going for him: HE’S NO NAIL!

  6. Extemporanus

    [re=385968]geminisunmars[/re]: Think of your Wonkette as a ribbed condom for fucking cable assholes. You’re fine as long as it doesn’t break.

  7. Cicada

    I think I see a nail that needs to get hammered…preferable up the ass with a sandpaper dildo.

  8. SayItWithWookies

    It would be pretty cool to see Gibbs, in his distracted stammer, say “Grassley is a bought-and-paid-for insurance whore and we don’t believe a single kind word he says — but it’s okay, ’cause when push comes to shove we’ll always be able to fit another motherfucker under the steamroller.”

  9. Nerdalicious

    Yes please, thank you! These nonreaction reactions are wearing thin. Msnbc polls show a HIGH percentage of people are starting to have SYMPATHY for the crazy Ed Gein lovin’ screamers! The squeaky wheel gets the grease! Administration change your game plan now. Lee Atwater is having a party in hell right now.

  10. cheeto_jeebus

    [re=385982]Extemporanus[/re]: Wonkette brand french ticklers are the best. they wonk your world.

  11. Jukesgrrl

    [re=385978]hobospacejunkie[/re]: “…corrupt, back-stabbing, pig fucking insurance industry whore…” Wow, I’m going to have to write pretty small to get that all on my sign.

  12. Extemporanus

    Alright, whoever took it, would you please return Senator Scarecrow’s brain already? This stupid shit just isn’t funny anymore.

    The Olds are so riled up you’d think that Obama just handed them a cold cup of caffeinated coffee with his thumb on the rim. Because of the Death Panel bullshit, they’ll live just long enough to hate-vote against the Dems if it kills ‘em. We need to either nip this turd in the butt immediately, or just start cold pulling plugs while we still have a chance.

  13. Athar

    All we are saying is we want to see Chuck Grassley’s long form birth certificate. Is that really so much to ask?

    If you look at him, I mean really look at him, you can tell he’s some kind of a reptile, an insectivore most likely.

  14. Min

    Well, of course, Grassley has drunk the death squad kool-aid. He knows that he’ll be one of the first ones up against the wall. I mean, if there actually were such a thing as death squads for the olds. But, of course, there aren’t. Hahahaha. Not really.

    I’ve said too much.

  15. Nerdalicious

    [re=386000]Cicada[/re]:
    Tanks! Great article :). Here’s what I think. I think they are trying to excise the bigot/loon wound in this country by letting them look like the ginned up on geritol limbaughites they really are. But, survey says: it’s not working this time, so change game plan now or we and poor sick people lose & insurance/pharma wins. It’s that simple. I am in the medical field & I have seen rich olds live to be 100 & younger poor sick people die because of socioeconomic status over and over again. It is a clear line. You can’t negotiate with fat bloated interests that have commited crimes against humanity for decades for their own vulgar profits. Not gonna happen.

  16. randomsausage

    Re Grassley’s constituents…

    You’ve got to remember, that these are just simple farmers, these are people of the land, the common clay of the new west. You know…..morons.

  17. masterdebater

    You know, it was on CNN, so according to my in-laws, it’s still part of the Obama / Communist conspiracy. Now, if it was on FOX…You see when the White House people say something, the people in the White House now, and not Bush (of course), they are lying. ‘Cause they’re negros…or something, I forget. Anyway, don’t believe it until you hear it from Hannity is the way I understand it.

    I know… but I married their daughter before we discussed politics.

  18. FredZiffel

    You only need to listen to Grassley talk for about 10 seconds to realize he’s mentally retarded. Very…. slow….. halting….at….every…..word…. as if his mind can only think of one word at a time and then has to reboot.

  19. MGBYG

    Okay, so I grew up as a Yankee abroad and witnessed Parliamentary systems up close and all, but let me please say “FUCK BI-PARTISANSHIP AND GET SOMETHING GOOD AND BIG ‘D’ DEMOCRATIC FUCKIN DONE, ALREADY”

    (steps off soapbox)

  20. Suds McKenzie

    The most shocking thing here is that Fuck Toad actually asked some kind of cogent question.

  21. Lionel Hutz Esq.

    Isn’t the whole problem with Health Care Reform is that the entire debate is being driven by old people on government health insurance plans (be it the Senates or Medicare), who, lets be honest, are long past carousel? I mean, I love my mom and dad, but the inheritance tax is at like zero next year? Come on, young Republicans, don’t let socialist like Grassley lead you astray!

  22. ManitobaRegionalJuniorKabaddiChampion

    C.J. Cregg never had to put up with this shit. There is no episode of the West Wing where the Republican contingent starts shouting at the hallucinations of a deranged beauty pageant contestant, and the press starts asking why President Bartlett wants to kill old people in their sleep. It wouldn’t be realistic.

  23. Clown from hell

    Fact is, somebody has to pull the plug on Grandma. The question is, who gets to do it? Obama wants underpaid civil servants to do it. Grassley wants overpaid insurance execs to do it. Hell, I’d do it for free, I mean if Grandma really pissed me off.

  24. EMRKJC-94

    C.J. Cregg never had to put up with this shit. There is no episode of the West Wing where the Republican contingent starts shouting at the hallucinations of a deranged beauty pageant contestant, and the press starts asking why President Bartlett wants to kill old people in their sleep; it wouldn’t be realistic.

  25. pedestrian rage

    [re=386051]FredZiffel[/re]: Likely from a potent cocktail of corn syrup and pesticides, with a pig shit chaser.

  26. Julius Drinkwater

    i hereby offer to pull the plug on everybody’s grandmother. free of charge. just pay me in pizza.

    also, no one is retarded anymore. they’re intellectually disabled. does this put a damper on things?

  27. Advocatus_Diaboli

    Shocking news: Grassley faces challenges to his 2010 reelection bid from both the left and the whack jobs. Of course he’s going to run to the base, but his position doesn’t matter and he knows it.

  28. Noonan

    Why does Gibbs let Chuck Todd continue to interrupt him while asking his question for 37 seconds?

  29. SlipperyDick

    When I listened to his words in North Carolinian, Gibbs clearly called Grassley a liar. Gibbs was polite about it. He did not say that they couldn’t still do business.

    Grassley’s grasping at straws here. This is his last chance to matter. Once he goes back to work he faces Max’s deadline to cooperate, and of course, he can not. So, he’s grasping at staws: Palin’s nipples.

    I suspect with the pro healthcare reform ads I started seeing today from AARP, the ads coming next from PhRMA, and Dean’s threats to Blue Dogs of primary consequences, there’s going to be some regret coming down the pike for those who fail to get on the bus with Barry.

  30. honkyman

    DUDE! Don’t this jeopardize the bipartisanshit? Don’t it??

    I do like watching Gibbs work. Prettier than Dana Perdino, IMHO.

  31. El Pinche

    Why does shorts get all the full retard credit?
    YOU KNOW I FUCKING TRY! I CAN BE AS RETARDED AS SHORTS.
    You sheeple…..you cut me deep.

  32. hobospacejunkie

    [re=386005]Nerdalicious[/re]: Is it beginning to dawn on anyone else that maybe Hopey doesn’t really want radical health care/insurance change and he’s using pig fuckers like (Gr)assley and the Blue Ball Dems as cover? Hopey gets to look like he tried while blaming the kooky right & the blue balls for his failure. This assumes that Hopey thinks we’re too dumb to understand that a proper party with proper party discipline should be able to ram a good bill through Congress anyway since, duh, they have unassailable majorities in both houses.

    Maybe I’ve just been reading too much Matt Taibbi, but this whole process is really starting to stink.

  33. problemwithcaring

    [re=386121]hobospacejunkie[/re]: The taint of big pharma is real, but it can’t overshadow the fact that greedy health insurers basically offed Hopey’s mom. His intent for real reform is still there. Question is: does he have the cajones to face down the myriad of moneyed interest that keeps Congress awash in diapers and whore diamonds? I mean, does anyone?

  34. subu

    [re=386137]problemwithcaring[/re]: I just wrote Hopey and his three best buddies and reminded them that they promised us cajones government. I’m sure that will do the trick.

  35. gurukalehuru

    Robert Gibbs is moderate, calm and reasonable. He is, essentially, the white Obama.

    I, on the other hand, would like to see Charles “The Nail” Grassley hung, drawn, disemboweled and quartered. Like Mel Gibson.

  36. assistant/atlas

    [re=385982]Extemporanus[/re]: You’re reading my mind.

    [re=386135]GreatOldOnesParty[/re]: Jeebus that’s depressing. And once again, our imaginary statistical boyfriend Nate Silver was right: Grassley has no incentive at all to back health care reform, and millions of reasons not to.

  37. assistant/atlas

    Also! Gibbs, that was good to use Murkowski’s words to sow dissension among Republicans, but poorly-executed. Rahm will be giving you the four-and-a-half slap. You’re lucky he’s not giving you the full five.

    Also! BREAKING: Chuck Todd is still a shitty White House correspondent.

  38. Star Child

    Crime don’t pay, but a P-Funk card comes in handy. Exhibit #1: I love Gibbs, but he is also a giant disgusting BLANUS on the Internet and we need someone with more smoothness to read the straight news to white folk. Lando?

  39. desertwind

    [re=386121]hobospacejunkie[/re]: I think this is something Obama does care about. But, you’re ignoring something about him.

    Obama’s style is let everyone play their hand, then step in and scoop up the pot. I don’t think it does any good for him to appear involved (behind the scenes is something else again.).

    Grassley can gas all he wants. He thinks he’s got a strong hand, but he’s showing it to the table. A few campaign ads against him that highlight just how beholden he is to healthcare lobby (and the acceleration of his receipt of the cash) and he’ll be begging to go before a death panel.

  40. Star Child

    @desert: agreed. This is astute. When I was young, we called the guy who wins behind the scenes after everyone’s passed out either “Lucky” or “Bust that black in the the face.” Now it’s much more egalitarian.

  41. LoweredPeninsula

    [re=386161]Star Child[/re]: Yes; Billy Dee Williams as Press Sec. would be teh shit, son.

  42. desertwind

    [re=386170]Star Child[/re]: Friday’s front page NewYorkTimes article on the history of the “death panel” & other arguments is the first mainstream news story I’ve seen that lays out clearly that this rumor is wrong; who started it and when and what their motives are. Amazingly straight for NYT political coverage, I thought. Perhaps a turning point?

    PS — Wouldn’t it be great if Grassley got his his ass handed to him on a platter next year?

  43. wonderboom

    Are we being logical now? Fuck! Okay, being “logical” was not a part of the litmus test.

  44. robertsmith

    “Megan McArdle’s Hypocrisy Exposed: Portrait Of A Libertarian As A Taxpayer-Subsidized Brat”

    http://exiledonline.com/megan-mcardles-hypocrisy-exposed-portrait-of-a-libertarian-as-a-taxpayer-subsidized-brat/

    “Just when you think you’ve seen so much hypocrisy that nothing can shock you, along comes Megan McArdle. McArdle, who blogs for the Atlantic Monthly, presents herself as a principled libertarian, fiercely denouncing any attempt to provide any sort of government-funded health care, because as she argues, big government is bad, bad, bad. She’s written some truly appalling things over the years as a shill for big corporate interests, recently defending Goldman Sachs because, as she wrote, “financial meltdowns offer no villains.””

    “Last week, McArdle posted an encyclopedia-length article on the Atlantic Monthly’s site, denouncing Obama’s health care plan in a rambling piece that essentially boiled down to this: big government is a bad thing, and free markets are the medicine you need, even if you don’t like it, and even though you can’t afford it.”

    “What Megan McArdle doesn’t mention is that her own privileged upbringing was funded by public money. That’s right, Megan McArdle is just a second-generation product of the sleazy NYC construction business, which has been using public money for private gain since the Tammany Hall era. Even more galling is that Megan’s father got his start in the public sector working in taxpayer-funded health care programs. If it weren’t for her father’s employment as a public health care official in the 1970s, Megan McArdle’s life might have turned out completely different from the privileged one she enjoyed.”

  45. dum librul

    I fully expect Grassley to show that old SNL “Robot Insurance” commercial at his next bingo night town hall. “Don’t let Nobama send the metal ones after grandma!” Then next week we’ll get to hear that it’s okay now because the Senate pulled the euthanization robot clause out of the bill.

  46. thefrontpage

    Isn’t it crazily stupid and psycho that all of these morons ranting and raving about “government-sponsored health care” will gladly, hungrily and arrogantly collect their Medicaid and Medicare payments and money—-which are government-sponsored, taxpayer-sponsored, tax-money-sponsored government health care?

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