Our Long National Nightmare… Will Now Be Merged With Another Senate Bill, Debated On The Senate Floor, Voted On, Merged With An Also-Debated/Merged House Bill In Conference, Voted On In Both Houses…

by Jim Newell

AHHHH. 14-9. So long, terrible Senate Finance Committee! Back to your cornfields, Grassley! Back to your barbwired condo in Hell, Baucus! Back to whatever there is in Wyoming, Enzi! HAHAHAHH– oh god, they have to draft and pass a climate change bill too, don’t they? RATS. As far as health care goes, though: congratulations! Now, after eight months, our beloved bicameral legislature can move on to Step 2. “Step 2,” hopefully, is where they make it a not-shitty bill. This task belongs to… Harry Reid! NEAT. [YouTube, Washington Post]

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AbstinenceOnly Ed October 13, 2009 at 3:45 pm

The Greeks invented democracy in the midst of an orgy of goats & little boys. The Americans perfected democracy by deciding to fuck everyone else in the ass, too. Leave no behind behind.

Way Cool Larry October 13, 2009 at 3:45 pm

Gonna party like it’s 2009!!!

Vulpes82 October 13, 2009 at 3:49 pm

Kudos to Max Baucus: only about twenty years after everyone else finished their homework, he finally hands in a piece of paper with those ragged edges from being hastily torn from a spiral notebook, a bunch of suspicious stains, and a big “HELF KAIR” scrawled on the top in highlighter. F-, Max!

ifthethunderdontgetya" October 13, 2009 at 3:49 pm

They spelled MR. BRIBE-EATING COBAG wrong.

MathewBrooks October 13, 2009 at 3:51 pm

and Harry Reid capitulates in 5…4…3…2…1

Gopherit October 13, 2009 at 3:51 pm

here’s to harry reid being hit by a bus

FMA October 13, 2009 at 3:52 pm

I must’ve missed that episode of Schoolhouse Rock.

rambone October 13, 2009 at 3:52 pm

Sure fire way to get health care reform passed with unanimous GOP support would be to add a rider that Barry has to produce his “long form” birth certificate.

Joke would be on them, though, when it turns out that “long form birth certificate” means something else entirely in ACORN-speak.

Doglessliberal October 13, 2009 at 3:52 pm

Yeah, well, Hopey hasn’t cured cancer yet, so what HAS he accomplished, really?

JMP October 13, 2009 at 3:53 pm

It may have taken awhile, but hey, Max can now say the bill was “bipartisan”! And that’s the most important thing; especially since the Democrats have such a razor-thin majority that they need GOPers to vote with them.

Norbert October 13, 2009 at 3:54 pm

[re=433516]Gopherit[/re]: public transportation now!

x111e7thst October 13, 2009 at 3:56 pm

If you google o snowe one of the things you get is:

Olympia Snowe – Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaOlympia Jean Snowe McKernan (born February 21, 1947), née Bouchles, is the senior United States Senator from Maine. She is a pseudo-Republican and a leading …

The actual entry says nothing about her being a pseudo-Repub. Anyone have a clue how this might have come about

drewonline October 13, 2009 at 3:56 pm

Can someone is DC please by Mr. Newell a beer or shot or something – 9 posts and they started at 9 a.m. this morning – he must be exhausted!

bitchincamaro October 13, 2009 at 3:58 pm

According to my calculations, 0.184 Americans died due to the lack of health insurance in the waste of time it took me to watch that clip. Fuckers.

AbstinenceOnly Ed October 13, 2009 at 4:02 pm

[re=433526]x111e7thst[/re]: It’s called internet cache. Google it!

SayItWithWookies October 13, 2009 at 4:03 pm

On the bright side, the Finance Committee’s bill is the weakest version out there, which means the end product is only going to get more commie. The coming rightwing conniption is going to make the August town halls look like a Sunday picnic.

PoignancySelz October 13, 2009 at 4:08 pm

We think its a piece of shit, Rabid Fox will at least pay lip service to its being a piece of shit, you know what? It’s a piece of shit.
Scuttle the whole thing.
All this will do is codify the Insurance Scoundrels.
Y’all know Blue Cross/Blue Whatever is Not-for-profit…Hahahahahahahaha

gurukalehuru October 13, 2009 at 4:15 pm

It’s not just Harry Reid, thank God. It’s also Nancy Pel….oh, we’re fucked.

joementum October 13, 2009 at 4:18 pm

Step 3: Profit!

Neilist October 13, 2009 at 4:23 pm

Recommended for the Finance Committee Counsel position:

Orly Taitz, Esq., California Attorney Extraordinare!

She’ll scrape the plaque of out those bills, pronto!

chaste everywhere October 13, 2009 at 4:31 pm

So our future depends on Harry Reid growing a pair?

AbstinenceOnly Ed October 13, 2009 at 4:34 pm

[re=433600]chaste everywhere[/re]: He’s Mor-mon than you’ll ever be, moroni!

MARCdMan October 13, 2009 at 4:35 pm

Even with a 60-seat majority, Reid will find some way to get this bill defeated.

TGY October 13, 2009 at 4:42 pm

[re=433605]MARCdMan[/re]: Dems are great for snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

So, you’re saying we need a Mergin General?

gurukalehuru October 13, 2009 at 5:33 pm

O.K., so here’s what’s got to happen: We know Reid and Pelosi are in charge, and you go to long, boring deliberations with the boring deliberators you’ve got, not with the boring deliberators you wish you had, and they’re not going to relinquish their positions or anything like that, but we need some new young bucks leading the herd, and just let Harry and Nancy bang their gavels and occasionally pose for the cameras, although, seriously, maybe Nancy should avoid even that, you know, the crazy eyes thing.
The two young bucks I have in mind are the two rising stars of the Democratic party, the two Als, Franken and Grayson, the tell-it-like-it-is Rush Limbaugh is a big fat idiot and Republicans want you to die quickly and no, I won’t even consider apologizing to your scrawny asses boys.
They’ll get us some damned health care.

lochnessmonster October 13, 2009 at 5:37 pm

How ’bout they give it to some people with common sense and we’ll write the stinking bill. We won’t have campaign money falling out of our pockets.

queeraselvis v 2.0 October 13, 2009 at 5:42 pm

And Ensign’s hair said nothing.

sati demise October 13, 2009 at 6:29 pm

No wonder the health Insurance Corporations have given door prizes, the bigest prizes, to Bauccus and Harry Reed.

Harry lurves that monies, his state is going broke. Lets see what he can do with it! Harry may be in some trouble in Nevada, so he could just go out with a blaze of selfless glory. Or he could go down clutching that insurance campaign cash. we will see.

sati demise October 13, 2009 at 6:31 pm

[re=433698]gurukalehuru[/re]: Franken/Grayson ftw!

plowman October 13, 2009 at 8:39 pm

Christ almighty, why with all the righty town hall screeching and lefty moralizing when our money grubbing legislative process grinds everything into a meaningless, monotonous gruel in the end…

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