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Holy baloney it’s 10:00 a.m.! The Senate Finance Committee will now meet for perhaps (hopefully!) the last time, ever. First, a lil’ testimony, a lil’ CBO Director Doug Elmendorf action. Fap? He could say anything! Then: Chuck Grassley fires a rocket out of his ass. Oh boy. Then some other shit. THEN: the big vote, to finally get this bill out of committee, where it has been since the Fillmore administration. WHAT WILL OLYMPIA SNOWE DO? Oh my god. Oh my god. Here’s the live feed, for nerds. No liveblogging just now, but maybe later? (Don’t hold your breath.) [MSNBC]

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  • Kinkster

    i thought you were dead, jim

  • Voyou Charmant

    Oh man, oh man; we are so close to ineffective and ultimately useless health insurance “reform” I can already feel the sense of letdown and despair.

  • glamourdammerung

    Is everyone looking forward to Grassley’s retarded twitters?

  • hockeymom

    Well that’s impressive…Max Baucus says the committe met for eight whole days to come up with the bill.

    Also, shut the fuck up, Grassley.

  • hobospacejunkie

    T’would be a tragedy o’ the commons if Chugsey fired a rocket out his ass & it rounded back on him and blew Chuck Grassley bacon all over his fellow senators.

  • hockeymom

    Shut up Grassley.
    Just shut up.

  • the deliverator

    Gah! Can’t we just skip to the end here? Creepy Grassley is still talking.

  • PabaBritannica

    Is John Kyl going to give birth today? I hear he doesn’t require maternity care for it!

  • freakishlystrong

    Grasshole, shut piehole.

  • Sussemilch

    Hmm, I heard a few of Mr. Rockefeller’s words, then became preoccupied with the Lady over his right shoulder. Very nice. I’ll vote aye for that!

  • SpikeyDog

    I kept hitting the fast forward button and it doesn’t work…damn.

  • Sussemilch

    Someone remind Orrin Hatch that debating bills for hundreds of hours is his fucking job, and if there are any regrets to be had it is for the rest of us to regret that pharma’s #1 suckjob hasn’t stroked out and been shuffled away on a gurney.

  • hockeymom

    Hatch sees a conspiracy. The “real bill” is being written in “dark corners (racist, much?) of the White House”. Also, the poor Sentator had to “endure” 100s of hours of debate on the topic.
    Isn’t that your job, asshat?

  • hockeymom

    [re=432995]Sussemilch[/re]: I know…what a whiny baby.

  • hockeymom

    Stop sucking up to Baucus, Conrad.

    Oh, Kent is saying “we can’t afford to do nothing” on health care. And that it’s bad that 46-million people are uninsured.

    So I guess that means you’re voting for it? Right?

  • Noonan

    Olympia Snowe has a crush on Doug Ehlmendorf. I can hear it in her voice.

  • hockeymom

    Olympia Snow, what is your point?

  • JSDC007

    So basically, the insurance wingnuts have said “meh…we don’t like this business of being wrist-slapped for denying healthcare for those pre-existing conditions types, so we will make it costlier for all of you.” And Olympia Snowe says “oh no, this bill will make things really expensive for all of you, so I will now vote against it, and I will also vote against a public option, and also against anyone who thinks I am Olympia Dukakis.”

    And Charles Grassley will do a Rumpelstiltskin dance, after which (hopefully) the earth will open and he will be sucked into the deepest, darkest depths of Hades.

  • proudgrampa

    [re=433005]hockeymom[/re]: Do any of these people have a point?

  • teebob2000

    Fuck this, I just wanna know who’s the hot bookish blonde chick who always sits behind Jay Rockefeller!

  • tehbenton

    Jim Bunning doing the cross-my-arms-while-pouting thing FTW. He looks so cute with his peevish little chin tucked into his chest.

  • hobospacejunkie

    Senate Finance Committee meetings make Jay Rockefeller horny. Or maybe it’s just his assisstant. His wife can’t feel comfortable watching this. Then again, sticking needles in one’s eyes is more comfortable than watching these whores decide who lives & who dies, as if they were picking a nerf football team.

  • memzilla

    Oh look, it’s John Ensign bloviating on health care reform. So concerned about costs!

    Yeah, this is like listening to Boss Tweed talking about electoral reform.

  • gurukalehuru

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t the Baucus version the one that really sucked in the 1st place, with no public option?

  • Mergatroyd

    This deserves a liveblog. Actually.

  • Mergatroyd

    Like watching dry paint.

  • cheeto_jeebus

    As they sing happy birthday, i carefully bang my head with this fucking iron frying pan.

  • loquaciousmusic

    The NYT says that Olympia Snowe went all lesbian for the healthcare bill! Go, Snowe!

  • Sarjo

    Snowe foolin’ Watch yer back, lady!

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