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  • OH JESUS CHRIST: Here’s a problem with the latest, well-meaning Democratic push to try and pin Republicans (correctly) as pure power-hungry obstructionists who care about nothing and ruin everything: NO ONE UNDERSTANDS PROCEDURE. “Asked how many GOP senators voted for the chamber’s health care bill on Dec. 24, only 32% know that the measure received no support from Republican members… A smaller percentage (26%) knows that 60 votes are needed to break a filibuster in the Senate. About as many (25%) mistakenly say that a simple majority of 51 votes can break a filibuster.” So the next Serious Centrist Democratic senator who whines about how scary it would be to use reconciliation for a handful of fixes to the health care bill should do one thing or another with a bag of dicks. [Pew via Jon Chait]
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35 COMMENTS

  1. You college boys can throw up all the numbers you want, but until the Democrats promise to keep the government out of Medicare, they don’t stand a chance.

  2. If there’s one thing that the Republicans understand, and pander to, that Democrats don’t, it’s that Americans are, by and large, stupid morons.

    But hey, why not make those 25% of folks who think 51% of Senators can break a filibuster right?

  3. And according to Fox News, 137% think skoalrebel should be the US Ambassador to Mississippi. Or is that the Mississippi Ambassador to the US?…..whatever.

  4. [re=504312]Crank Tango[/re]: This is true. According to Robert’s Rules, Republicans are allowed to inspect yr. junk as a “point of privilege”.

    At least that’s what the gentleman in the restroom told me.

  5. [re=504329]JMP[/re]: And therein lies the problem. Democrats believe you should educate stupid morons so they become just-plain morons. Republicans believe you should keep them stupid and exploit them. Since staying stupid takes much less effort, it’s easy to see which strategy works best.

  6. [re=504340]FMA[/re]: Yep; it’s why most of the teabaggers are idiots who believe the shit they’re saying, but the leaders all know that they’re full of shit but don’t care. I like this recently-unearthed quote from Irving Kristol basically admitting this, while justifying support for teaching fucking Creationism:
    http://www.balloon-juice.com/?p=32991
    “There are different kinds of truths for different kinds of people,” he says in an interview. “There are truths appropriate for children; truths that are appropriate for students; truths that are appropriate for educated adults; and truths that are appropriate for highly educated adults, and the notion that there should be one set of truths available to everyone is a modern democratic fallacy. It doesn’t work.”

  7. Crank Tango’s Buffalo Style Poison Rat Dicks:

    Marinade a dozen norwegian rat dicks in ddt for about a week.

    Dredge dicks in cat litter, then dip in rotten bull semen.

    Deep fry until burnt. Salt liberally. Shake in a mixture of battery acid and rancid margarine. Serve hot, with a side of more rotten bull semen and carrots and celery. Shove the carrots and celery up your ass, drink the bull semen first, and then see how many of them dicks you can chug, asshole.

  8. “No has ever lost a penny underestimating the intelligence of the American public” who said that? I’m too indifferent to google.

  9. It’s a shame Hopey cut out the bit in his SOTU where after dissing the Supreme Court, he was supposed to have turned to the camera, look directly at his viewing audience, and tell us that we’re all a bunch of stupid fucking idiots and we need to put down the buffalo wings, stop watching ‘Jersey Shore’ and read a newspaper because ultimately we’re the one’s responsible for the State of the Union.

  10. Even more distressing, only 8% of the public can tell the difference between a bunch of entitled frat boys breaking into an office in an attempt to commit a felony and investigative journalism.

  11. Nothing makes me laugh like a 80-year old Senator threatening to filibuster. You don’t even have the strength to chew bubble gum but you’re going to lecture us all day? You can’t even climb the capitol steps without oxygen. Shut up and vote yea/nay, or we’re cutting Biden’s leash.

  12. I got a perfect score! Now, Wonkette, aren’t you proud? All those late nights drilling important facts into our heads like HARRY REID and MICHAAEL STEELE? It’s all paid off! My self esteem is soaring.

  13. So 50% of the US thinks the Senate needs 67 or 70 votes to break a filibuster, but also thinks 5-10 republicans are on board. They still know the health care bill needs all 60 ~dems to pass, they’re just giving it/the GOP more credit for bipartisanship than they deserve… not sure why that matters. Voters will still be repeatedly told if their own senator voted against it, and the GOP’s brand is already as soiled as the cockbomber’s undies, so…

  14. The survey results show why Fox and its talking head liars have succeded behind all expections — most viewers don’t know bullshit even when they’re neck deep in it. This is why the Founding Fathers actually feared the uneducated masses. Maybe they knew something we don’t.

  15. [re=504354]engulfedinflames[/re]: It’s a paraphrase of H.L. Mencken’s observation that nobody has gone broke lowballing the US public’s taste. Henry had his moments as a young man but sank into some low places as he aged.

  16. [re=504351]JMP[/re]: There are moments when I really want to kill Allan Bloom, but he’s already dead. So I’ll settle for killing any/all of the neocons. For a man who could translate Plato with such a deft touch, and was beloved by Saul Bellow, he did a lot of damage.

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