There were injuries in this accident so we should not make jokes, but meh, they’re in stable condition now: Rep. Denny Rehberg of Montana and his fun-lovin’ buddies were cruisin’ on their 22-foot motorboat last night and either crashed or intentionally parked said boat on this sack o’boulders. Alcohol? Drugs? We’ll see. In any event: maybe it’s time to head back to Congress! [Daily Inter Lake]

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  1. Democrats had a field day exploiting Rehberg’s congressional delegation trip to Kazakhstan in which Rehberg drank several shots of vodka, fell off a horse, got trampled by another and broke at least one rib.

  2. All of the republican commenters on that story are shocked, SHOCKED I TELL YOU, that anyone would imply alcohol would be involved. I second King of the Dipshits in hoping the Hookers and Boy Scouts on board were okay.

  3. I bet he was fleeing a reporter on his way to fall off a horse in Kazakhstan.
    True story: I used to work for a small newspaper in Montana. One time Rehberg came to town and I made arrangements with his people to interview him during his visit to a natural gas well. As I did not know exactly where the well was, I was following the car driven by his chief of staff down the highway.
    Rehberg’s chief of staff started driving at least 90 miles an hour and passed a couple cars. They left me far behind in the dust. Our meeting never happened. Those fuckers ditched me!

  4. Well, no wonder. The boat was named “Ghost of Chappaquiddick” and he was wearing a tee shirt that said “Be Your Own Death Panel – Vote Republican!”.

  5. Forgive me if I break into song, but seeing that picture all I can think of is “The ship’s aground on the shore of this uncharted desert isle …”

  6. Unrelated to this story, but The Daily Inter-Lake is my parents’ hometown newspaper. Every time I go visit I love to check out the “Law Roundup” and I’m so thrilled to find out it’s online. Here’s a highlight of this week’s round up:
    “A passerby at the intersection of East Idaho Street and Seventh Avenue East North thought they saw a body hanging out the back of a flatbed truck. When asked if it was, in fact, a body, the truck driver nodded that indeed it was. The passerby called Kalispell police, who discovered the “body” actually was the leg to a mannequin and counseled the truck driver about misleading the elderly.”

  7. Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale,
    A tale of a fateful trip
    That started from this Great Plains port
    Aboard this tiny ship.

    The mate was a mighty Republican,
    The skipper “sober” and sure.
    Five passengers set sail that day
    For a boozy tour, a boozy tour.

    The shoreline started getting close,
    The tiny ship was beached,
    If not for the liquid courage in the crew
    The shore would be missed, the shore would be missed.

    The ship set ground on the shore of this uncharted rocky shore
    With Rehberg
    A State Senator too,
    The healthcare lobbyist and his wife,
    A case of booze,
    And some boy scouts
    Here on Rehberg’s Shore.

  8. Don’t any of you try to pin this on alcohol or excessive speed. This is a perfectly understandable accident.

    Do you have any idea how high the tides run in Flathead Lake?

  9. [re=397780]slappypaddy[/re]: As he’s got great government financed health care, I’m pretty sure he feels any sort of government run health care system is Socialism.

  10. [re=397762]King of the Dipshits[/re]: According to his Wikipedia page, the Congressman has 600 cashmere goats on his ranch. Thus he has no need for either hookers or Boy Scouts.

  11. This reminds of that probe NASA crashed into Mars by essentially steering it to fall directly into the planet’s atmosphere. Their excuse of being confused over metric/imperial units conversion was nowhere near as funny as the technical-sounding CFIT acronym they invoked to distract public attention from the fact they screwed up and crashed their probe.

    CFIT is of course, Controlled Flight Into Terrain, which really seems to the creatively stretching the semantics of the word “controlled.”

    Just as “accidentally” driving your boat directly into the rocky shore at high speed is perhaps a handy way to euphemize “got crunk and drove the boat out of the lake.”

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