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Are Republicans Waterboarding Olympia Snowe?

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GollumYou should read this whole Ezra Klein interview with Sen. Jay Rockefeller if you have the time, because Rockefeller is doing his best to preserve some kind of decent health care bill in the Senate, and candidly hints at all sorts of things: “I think the world of Olympia Snowe. She’s got incredible courage, and the Republican leadership is brutal in the way they apply pressure… They bring the hammer down on her, and I’m not going to say how,” and “If you really want to be honest about it, eight to 10 percent of the members of Congress understand health care. At maximum. I chaired the intelligence committee, and health care makes it look like riding on a tricycle it’s so complicated. So what you have is lobbyists picking on congressmen who don’t know health-care reform…” In other words, it’s a brand new Washington! [Ezra Klein]

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  • Bearbloke

    Who’s they guy in the wig?

  • Monsieur Grumpe

    It’s lobotomy time!

  • Cape Clod

    It’s Mrs. Wiggins. My grammer school nurse!

  • ManchuCandidate

    That’s a pretty high hairdo or Olympia’s a conehead in disguise.

  • BigBrainOnBrad

    Walter Matthau lives.

  • hobospacejunkie

    They bring The Hammer down on her? Tom Delay? I thought he was nurturing his inner gay, practicing for the teevee dance show in those fabulous sweatpants hiked up to his nipples.

  • shortsshortsshorts

    So what we have here is a WONDERFUL situation where people who don’t know shit about what they’re talking about are leading the fucking debate by pandering? Well, what the fuck? Isn’t that what punditry is all about? For shit-sake man, there’s a reason Fox has over 3 million viewers. You don’t just bullshit for crackers, after all. This is money we’re talking about.

    Some bastard wrote:

    “The term “they” seems to be a statement suggesting there is in fact a “they” with some devilish plan to overcome us. This, since the first Red Scare, is such a ridiculous and fucking insane communication strategy that even full-borne schizos would reject. There is absolutely no truth to it, and considering 3 million mouth-breathing Americans are listening to this sort of scuzzy shit-sack, we have to go back to the argument that the next generation will in fact be so overrun with this kind of crap, that they will turn out like Beck. They will gnaw at their own limbs at the news that Jesus will save them in the act. Funnels of bad information will lead them to kill their own kin— as it would help some backwoods free market agenda. There is nothing short of a loony bin that will save our innocent society from being torn from their own even-handed sense of justice.”

    I have no choice but to agree with that bastard.

  • Mahousu

    “They bring the hammer down on her, and I’m not going to say how…”

    Hammer = Tom DeLay (brought in on a “consulting” basis)
    How = Rape rooms

    Let’s leave it at that.

  • bitchincamaro

    Needs Blingee with dancing lobsters.

  • hobospacejunkie

    Olympia looks like she smokes six packs of unfiltereds a day & has a voice deeper than Paul Robeson.

  • Norbert

    Gollum after his first stroke would be more accurate.

  • hobospacejunkie

    [re=414295]shortsshortsshorts[/re]: I have it on good authority that “they” is the Van Patten family. They have secretly been running this country since Eight is Enough ruled the teevee airwaves.

    [re=414296]Mahousu[/re]: Jinx!

  • slappypaddy

    [re=414295]shortsshortsshorts[/re]: was it you?

  • ifthethunderdontgetya”

    Well hurray! for Sen. Jay.

    I didn’t know he had it in ’em.

  • magic titty

    Wow. The Montauk Monster looks like shit.

  • AbstinenceOnly Ed

    If only we lived in a cool country, Obama could just dissolve both houses of Congress and hold a special election. Unfortunately, we are stuck with these stuttering slobs and their hand-puppet masters on K street. Time to spike the kool-aid.

  • AbstinenceOnly Ed

    For the record, I’d like to pull a Tony Montana and dive headfirst into a pile of Snowe.

  • ragepotato

    ha ha, “intelligence committee”

  • SayItWithWookies

    It would be nice if our congressmen understood the issues — but then again, if the people funding them have already formed their opinion, why go to the extra effort?

  • ifthethunderdontgetya”

    [re=414295]shortsshortsshorts[/re]: Damn, Shorts. You sound like I did the other day.

    Get into some Billionaires for Wealthcare videos, and get your Friday back on.

  • shortsshortsshorts

    [re=414310]slappypaddy[/re]: Yup.

  • Norbert

    Well, if 8-10% of Congress understands healthcare, we are making substantial progress: only 3% of Oklahomans would pass the basic knowledge citizenship test.

  • hobospacejunkie

    [re=414345]Norbert[/re]: Norbert can see the future. HOW DO YOU DO IT, NORBERT?!? ARE YOU A WITCH?


    Hooray for Jay!

    Although this thing about not wanting to tax the health benefits of coal miners with black lung – what are you Senator, some sort of communist?

  • converse

    Why do ya think they call ’em “whips”?

  • MarSF

    I find Olympia Snowe irritating because she looks like all my shriveled old Greek Aunts. Is this what is in store for me? Arghhh

  • Norbert

    [re=414367]hobospacejunkie[/re]: I prefer ‘haruspex’

  • Paco

    What’s up with gimpy eye?

  • Extemporanus

    They waterboarded Snowe to find out where the slush funds were hidden.

  • qwerty42

    well, it looks as though Mass. will be sending Michael Dukakis in to sub for the late Sen Kennedy, so the filibuster may not be an issue after next week.

  • Vulpes82

    [re=414445]MarSF[/re]: Yes. Drink some ouzi and smash a plate; it’ll make you feel better.

    [re=414448]Norbert[/re]: You like chicken livers that much?

  • Lionel Hutz Esq.

    Hey, Dick Cheney has every right to continue his hobbies, even out of office.

  • UnattendedConsequence

    Man. Yesterday I found it necessary to defend Eddie Haskell against charges that he was actually John Holmes and now I need to stand up for Olympia Snowe (Here in Maine she’s just “Olympia”) It hurts me to see you guys bag on her looks. She’s no Annette Funicello, I’ll grant you, but she ain’t the worst looking of the congresscritters, either. And as for her Senatorial performance she’s decent, when you keep in mind that she’s an R. In fact when you keep in mind that she’s an R, she’s wicked good, as we say here in the woods. She’s voted for some bad shit, it’s true. But if I had Grassley or Bachman or some such speaking for me I’d stick my head in a turkey death-funnel. But Olympia isn’t awful. Sorry, my snark is so limp. Can we talk about eyepatches?

  • TGY

    My God, it’s Senator Roseannadanna!

  • vladster

    Is she winking at me?

  • the problem child

    [re=414507]UnattendedConsequence[/re]: Howdy, neighbour. You’re right,for Republic, she’s alright. Hope she doesn’t end up sleeping with the lobstas over this.

  • AbstinenceOnly Ed

    [re=414507]UnattendedConsequence[/re]: Did you read my second post? I feel ya, brother! Nothing more grateful for a little bonation than a weathered Mediterranean hag. I’d even let her take her dentures out and give me the Full Craig!

  • El Pinche


    Olympia Snowe wants her fat back.

  • LoweredPeninsula

    [re=414507]UnattendedConsequence[/re]: I actually agree with leaving her looks along. Generally, my rule is that you only bag on someone’s looks if their inside is ugly or uglier than the exterior. In this case, as misguided as she is and held hostage by the wingnuts of her party (she and Collins are basically the last ‘moderate’ Republican Senators), she’s not an evil mouthbreather.

    I actually kind of pity Snowe, and anyone that knows me knows that I don’t hand out pity, easily.