Reconciliation Will Be Scarier Than One Million Halloweens

by Jim Newell

Feet!Hooray, liberals, we did it! That sucker Obama was all “I’m not doing reconciliation” then “Well, look, here are the facts” and then finally “I will pursue reconciliation.” Now, let’s see how this process will play out under Senate rules, shouldn’t be too burdensome… GAHHH.

People have been writing for months about how the Byrd rule would poop all over these fixes in reconciliation, making December’s Senate wars look tiny. So we’re getting bigger wars? Hooray!

At risk of oversimplification, the Byrd rule is designed to ensure that reconciliation is used to only make budgetary fixes, not policy ones, to existing legislation. Presuming the House passes the Senate bill, the House will then pass a reconciliation fix to the bill, after which the Senate will then try to pass that fix, too.

At this point Senate GOPers will repeatedly invoke the Byrd rule to ask the parliamentarian to strip individual provisions (ones fixing this or that in the original bill) out of the fix, on the grounds that they are policy fixes. If individual provisions are stripped, it would change the Senate’s version of the overall fix.

That would force the House to vote on it again and again, stalling the process further.

[...]

There’s a larger game plan here. By making it clear they will do their best to tie reconciliation in procedural knots, Republicans are hoping to frighten House Dems into believing reconciliation is doomed. If House Dems are persuaded that the fix later will fail, they will be less likely to pass the original Senate bill in the first place, perhaps killing it.

Here is a picture of the devilish Senate parliamentarian, Alan Frumin, now widely recognized as the most important man in America.

The strongest man in the world!

Be fucking scared.

[The Plum Line]

 
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Tommmcatt March 5, 2010 at 2:03 pm

I dunno. I have faith in that mustache, Jim. That is the mustache of a serious man.

Extemporanus March 5, 2010 at 2:05 pm

Alan Frumin eats his own pant legs for breakfast, while he’s wearing them!

Hooray For Anything March 5, 2010 at 2:07 pm

Oh Jesus Fucking Christ, if this all happens, this health care bill will finally pass around the time I’m eligible for medicare which means I’ll celebrate it’s passage by protesting Democrats for getting the government involved in my medicare

Lazy Media March 5, 2010 at 2:07 pm

Where’s that picture? Too hilly for Christchurch, not hilly enough for Wellington. Dunedin?

RoscoePColtraine March 5, 2010 at 2:08 pm

Note to self:

No need to buy shorts this year. Jeans can be cut above the knee. Worry about lack of jeans later.

Extemporanus March 5, 2010 at 2:09 pm

[re=525394]Tommmcatt[/re]: When he was seven, Alan Frumin’s moustache killed a grizzly bear with its hair hands.

SlouchingTowardsWasilla March 5, 2010 at 2:09 pm

I can’t reconcile any of this. Especially those shorts.

One Yield Regular March 5, 2010 at 2:09 pm

“Rrrrroar! Mmhrmhmhmmm! Republican obstruction GOOOOOOD! Nom nom nom nom…”

Tundra Grifter March 5, 2010 at 2:10 pm

[re=525403]RoscoePColtraine[/re]: Remember The Survivor episode of The Office? Michael had that same problem…

Meanwhile, nice photo of a wide stance!

V572625694 March 5, 2010 at 2:11 pm

Came across this little ode yesterday, and it seems presciently apposite. All together now:

A-well-a, everybody’s heard about the Byrd
Byrd, Byrd, Byrd, b-Byrd’s the word
A-well-a, Byrd, Byrd, Byrd, the Byrd is the word
A-well-a, Byrd, Byrd, Byrd, well, the Byrd is the word
A-well-a, Byrd, Byrd, Byrd, b-Byrd’s the word
A-well-a, Byrd, Byrd, Byrd, well, the Byrd is the word
A-well-a, Byrd, Byrd, b-Byrd’s the word
A-well-a, Byrd, Byrd, Byrd, b-Byrd’s the word
A-well-a, Byrd, Byrd, Byrd, well, the Byrd is the word
A-well-a, Byrd, Byrd, b-Byrd’s the word
A-well-a, don’t you know about the Byrd
Well, everybody knows that the Byrd is the word
A-well-a, Byrd, Byrd, b-Byrd’s the word
A-well-a

A-well-a, everybody’s heard about the Byrd
Byrd, Byrd, Byrd, b-Byrd’s the word
A-well-a, Byrd, Byrd, Byrd, b-Byrd’s the word
A-well-a, Byrd, Byrd, Byrd, b-Byrd’s the word
A-well-a, Byrd, Byrd, b-Byrd’s the word
A-well-a, Byrd, Byrd, Byrd, b-Byrd’s the word
A-well-a, Byrd, Byrd, Byrd, b-Byrd’s the word
A-well-a, Byrd, Byrd, Byrd, b-Byrd’s the word
A-well-a, Byrd, Byrd, Byrd, b-Byrd’s the word
A-well-a, don’t you know about the Byrd
Well, everybody’s talking about the Byrd
A-well-a, Byrd, Byrd, b-Byrd’s the word
A-well-a, Byrd

Surfin’ Byrd
Bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb, aaah

Pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa
Pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-ooma-mow-mow
Papa-ooma-mow-mow

Papa-ooma-mow-mow, papa-ooma-mow-mow
Papa-ooma-mow-mow, papa-ooma-mow-mow
Ooma-mow-mow, papa-ooma-mow-mow
Papa-ooma-mow-mow, papa-ooma-mow-mow
Papa-ooma-mow-mow, papa-ooma-mow-mow
Oom-oom-oom-oom-ooma-mow-mow
Papa-ooma-mow-mow, papa-oom-oom-oom
Oom-ooma-mow-mow, papa-ooma-mow-mow
Ooma-mow-mow, papa-ooma-mow-mow
Papa-a-mow-mow, papa-ooma-mow-mow
Papa-ooma-mow-mow, ooma-mow-mow
Papa-ooma-mow-mow, ooma-mow-mow
Papa-oom-oom-oom-oom-ooma-mow-mow
Oom-oom-oom-oom-ooma-mow-mow
Ooma-mow-mow, papa-ooma-mow-mow
Papa-ooma-mow-mow, ooma-mow-mow
Well, don’t you know about the Byrd
Well, everybody knows that the Byrd is the word
A-well-a, Byrd, Byrd, b-Byrd’s the word

Papa-ooma-mow-mow, papa-ooma-mow-mow
Papa-ooma-mow-mow, papa-ooma-mow-mow
Papa-ooma-mow-mow, papa-ooma-mow-mow…

Tundra Grifter March 5, 2010 at 2:11 pm

Is that one of those pocket thingies tied to his shoe laces? He couldn’t afford a fannie pack? Good Lord!

Mad Brahms March 5, 2010 at 2:12 pm

I took one look at the shorts in that photo and immediately thought “THERE ARE DOZENS OF US! DOZENS!”

Troubledog March 5, 2010 at 2:14 pm

Carl Spackler: “Correct me if I’m wrong Sandy, but if I kill all the golfers, they’re gonna lock me up and throw away the key…”

Scarab March 5, 2010 at 2:14 pm

Third place, Daisy Duke look-alike contest.

queeraselvis v 2.0 March 5, 2010 at 2:14 pm

Judging from that pic, Frumin sorely lacks the backfield necessary to pull off Daisy Dukes. Fashion fail.

Hooray For Anything March 5, 2010 at 2:16 pm

You gotta feel sorry for him in a way– he probably had one of the cushiest jobs in the country, one that comes with good government benefits– and now he’s the man in the middle of it. The Conservatives are already calling him a Communist Stooge, he’s going to have to listen to Mitch McConnell and Harry Reid yell at him for the next six months, and by the end of this, FOX News will have destroyed him after having a couple of guys in pimp suits edit an interview with him to make it look like he’s running a white slavery ring with ACORN.

snideinplainsight March 5, 2010 at 2:17 pm

OMG he’s being devoured by a SOCK MONSTER! Somebody save him! Oh, the humanity!

Extemporanus March 5, 2010 at 2:17 pm

[re=525412]V572625694[/re]: I liked the Oak Ridge Boys ode near the end there.

Mr Blifil March 5, 2010 at 2:17 pm

I thought photos taken on the Hogwarts’ grounds were prohibited. Moreover I was led to understand the subject of such photos would move around. And do I detect some scrotum?

Katydid March 5, 2010 at 2:19 pm

I read that Biden gets to overrule that shnook in the photo, so it’s all good. Did the media lie to me?

magic titty March 5, 2010 at 2:19 pm

The shorts are just the right length for *accidentally* letting your cock peek out the bottom.

JMP March 5, 2010 at 2:19 pm

Great, the guy’s got my dad’s fashion sense. And I love the man, but would never let him be in charge of something like this.

Of course, we’ve got the media enabling the GOP strategy of pretending that the rules are different whenever it’s convenient for them, so suddenly reconciliation has always been controversial even though it never was, and has always been called “the nuclear option”, even though that was used for eliminating the filibuster (and itself changed from being the Republican leadership’s own term to a phrase made up by Democrats, much like teabaggers). And only the Daily Show and bloggers are willing to call them on this shit, despite the ease of watching old speeches and interviews with modern technology.

Gah, is it the weekend yet? I need a drink; several, in fact.

Mr Blifil March 5, 2010 at 2:21 pm

[re=525418]queeraselvis v 2.0[/re]: Justin Timberlake does it much better…

Naked Bunny with a Whip March 5, 2010 at 2:21 pm

Perhaps we should just start delivering uninsured sick people directly into the Capitol to die.

JMP March 5, 2010 at 2:24 pm

[re=525408]SlouchingTowardsWasilla[/re]: It’s the tucked-in T-shirt and belt that seal the deal.

norbizness March 5, 2010 at 2:27 pm

25 comments in and the word nevernude hasn’t appeared?

bitchincamaro March 5, 2010 at 2:28 pm

Where is shortsshortsshorts whenwe really need him?

hoosiermama March 5, 2010 at 2:29 pm

JORTS!!!!! He must be from the south. Or are jorts a national thing all the kids are doing?

I_Like_Tigers March 5, 2010 at 2:30 pm

50 million uninsured vs. 1 pair of cut of blue jeans. $50 on the jeans.

Cicada March 5, 2010 at 2:31 pm

Ugh. This is why the Dems were doing all that backroom deal shit to get the 60 votes. Every time Jane Hamsher and her ilk said “just use reconciliation” it drove me up a tree.

Ain’t democracy grand.

bago March 5, 2010 at 2:31 pm

What is the opinion of shortsX3?

Cape Clod March 5, 2010 at 2:31 pm

Just let me know when they settle that Big Ender/Little Ender question.

bago March 5, 2010 at 2:31 pm

[re=525433]bitchincamaro[/re]: What’s it like in my head?

Tommmcatt March 5, 2010 at 2:32 pm

[re=525405]Extemporanus[/re]:

Then, at fourteen, his mustache waxed poetic, writing three operas and a hair-raising series of dramatic sonnets.

Who knows what greatness may still be lodged in a mustache of this magnitude?

Snarkalicious March 5, 2010 at 2:32 pm

Twunty McAsslefisting. That is all.

Extemporanus March 5, 2010 at 2:33 pm

[re=525417]Scarab[/re]: Second Place, Geraldo Rivera look-alike contest.

(Tom Selleck took first, but was later disqualified when it was revealed that he was in fact John Stossel.)

Cicada March 5, 2010 at 2:33 pm

[re=525426]magic titty[/re]: If you think someone’s cock could accidentally peek out of shorts that long, you must be hung like a whale. My hat is doffed to you, sir.

bitchincamaro March 5, 2010 at 2:34 pm
assistant/atlas March 5, 2010 at 2:35 pm

[re=525426]magic titty[/re]: Not if you’re as white as this guy.

bitchincamaro March 5, 2010 at 2:36 pm

[re=525439]bago[/re]: Focused and cob-webbie all at the same time.

RoscoePColtraine March 5, 2010 at 2:36 pm

[re=525418]queeraselvis v 2.0[/re]: The guy needs a cape, obvs.

magic titty March 5, 2010 at 2:41 pm

[re=525444]Cicada[/re]: [re=525446]assistant/atlas[/re]: Wait. That’s not Harry Reems?

Extemporanus March 5, 2010 at 2:42 pm

Oh man, the list of “Alan Frumin” anagrams is surprisingly fecund.

“Manful Rain”. “Faun Marlin”. “A Flan In Rum”. “Anal Rim Fun”. And so on…

geminisunmars March 5, 2010 at 2:43 pm

I dunno. I kinda like a guy who recycles his jeans. And I remember (way back when – in the preJurassic 60s) when that was a pretty cool look.

Tommmcatt March 5, 2010 at 2:50 pm

[re=525461]Extemporanus[/re]:

“Manful Ran I”

Oldskool March 5, 2010 at 2:52 pm

He obvsly attended the same comm-college class as John Roberts: Picture Posing For The Awkward.

TGY March 5, 2010 at 3:01 pm

“…sit cloistered in the parliamentarian’s tiny office off the Senate floor in sessions that have come to be called Byrd baths. The provisions and amendments they rule nongermane have likewise come to be called Byrd droppings.”

Who knew that politics was so humorous? D’oh.

4tehlulz March 5, 2010 at 3:05 pm

Charlie Crist just found his fuckbuddy/soulmate.

Extemporanus March 5, 2010 at 3:09 pm

[re=525440]Tommmcatt[/re]: The Shadow knows…

[re=525479]Tommmcatt[/re]: Not looking like that, you didn’t.

Johnny Zhivago March 5, 2010 at 3:11 pm

Ah, the genius of our founding fathers…

Seriously, in other countries do they have to go through shit like this to get anything done?

rj77 March 5, 2010 at 3:29 pm

[re=525415]Mad Brahms[/re]: Me too, sir/madam. Me too.

sati demise March 5, 2010 at 3:32 pm

[re=525401]Lazy Media[/re]:sort of looks like Middlebury College?
(In the Socialist Republic of Vermont)

lawrenceofthedesert March 5, 2010 at 3:59 pm

Well, it’s likely from the posture and hand position that he’s not a veteran (and thus not receiving free government health care already). Seems to be in decent shape, but locking your knees like that is not a good idea. Judging from the clothes and hair style, you’d think it was not that new a photo — but given the state of those ratty running shoes, he may be one of us who has a problem throwing out vintage clothing and embracing change. That might not bode well for the health care bill, but at least the Dems are finally going to give it a shot. Their cowardice until now has been shameful.

GOPCrusher March 5, 2010 at 4:01 pm

Suddenly, I don’t feel so bad about the fish belly whiteness of my legs.

McDuff March 5, 2010 at 4:10 pm

I think shirt reads “New Zealand.” Obviously a statement in support of single-payer socialized medicine.

McDuff March 5, 2010 at 4:11 pm

… but, then again, maybe the tattered shorts are suggesting that this health care bill will turn us all into bankrupt hobos.

BlueStateLiberal March 5, 2010 at 4:28 pm

When the end comes for Repubatards, it’ll be wearing a pair of cut-offs and ratty sneakers.

DC mick March 5, 2010 at 4:37 pm

That has to be Colgate University.

cynbot March 5, 2010 at 8:08 pm

[re=525647]DC mick[/re]: Oh my God you’re right. It totally is. How was New Zealand able to steal Colgate University?

zhubajie March 7, 2010 at 6:09 am

And when it’s all over with, the US will still have the worst, most expensive, health-care in the Western world! :-(

nightshift March 7, 2010 at 2:48 pm

At least he had the good sense to wear a belt. Proper accessories are the first rule of wearing Jorts.

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