GOOD NEWS EVERYBODY  9:19 am August 2, 2011

Surprise Gabrielle Giffords Appearance Brightens Lame House Debt Vote

by Kirsten Boyd Johnson

America’s collective sigh of disgust was interrupted during the House vote on the debt ceiling bill (it passed 269-161) last night when Congresswoman Gabby Giffords made her first appearance back in Congress since being shot through the head in January. It is excellent to see Giffords waving to the chamber’s wild applause as she casts her vote, but we cannot help feeling ashamed on behalf of Congress/everybody. The nice lady who had a bullet fired into her brain by a lunatic felt so bad for Washington and its latest boondoggle that she interrupted her recovery process to fly back to work just so she could vote for a deeply flawed, high-stakes debt ceiling bill everybody hates in order to solve what was a completely made-up crisis. Maybe America could try a bill to save some wetlands next time or something?

Giffords released a statement noting that she felt it was imperative she come for the vote, saying, “I have closely followed the debate over our debt ceiling and have been deeply disappointed at what’s going on in Washington.” Seriously, we are very sorry, Gabby Giffords.

From the WaPo:

When she arrived, Giffords met briefly with House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) outside the chamber. Then the doors on the Democratic side opened to wild applause at something the rest of the House couldn’t see.

“I did something that was not too congressional,” said Rep. James E. Clyburn (S.C.), the No. 3 Democrat. “I stood up in the seat to see what it was about.”

Word spread. Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) called it “the best experience I’ve had in Congress.”

Giffords walked a few yards through the crowd to a voting machine and punched the button. Heads turned toward the back wall, where a green “Y” appeared next to her name.

It read like an existential declaration. Giffords: Yes.

[WaPo]

 

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weejee August 2, 2011 at 9:21 am

Go Gabby, go. Lotsa hugs from your libtarded friends.

Mrs. weejee & I got all misty watchin' you get your standing O on the floor last night.

Gratuitous World August 2, 2011 at 9:22 am

this is obviously a huge vindication for sarah palin.

Biel_ze_Bubba August 2, 2011 at 11:27 am

It proves that surveryors' marks are harmless after all.

missemish August 2, 2011 at 9:23 am

I vote Giffords: Yes, too. What a story. Lifetime, forget that battered wife movie of the week and get on this, stat.

riverside68 August 2, 2011 at 9:52 am

By battered wife do you mean everyone who loves that Hopey fellow?

natoslug August 2, 2011 at 11:12 am

Sounds like a much better read than Twats from the Tundra, or whatever the Palin books were called.

horsedreamer_1 August 2, 2011 at 11:19 am

Why Lifetime? Why not get Gus van Sant to shoot a feature-length film?

Jukesgrrl August 2, 2011 at 9:09 pm

Too bad the Alaska Grifter stole the title Undefeated. It's much more appropriate to this representative of The People who still has a real government job.

johnnyzhivago August 2, 2011 at 9:23 am

Inspiring story – brings a tear to my eye. Makes me want to work until I'm 95 until I retire… Really…

Congress, the Senate, Republicans, Democrats, President Obama – and of course the Media – you all deserve the thanks of a nation for maintaining the world's longest non-stop circle jerk in history.

GOPCrusher August 2, 2011 at 12:52 pm

Republiklans/Tea Baggers have their way, you won't have the choice of wanting to work until your 95. It will be a fact of life.

Dashboard_Jesus August 3, 2011 at 12:04 am

sweet holy jeebus, if Gabby's return doesn't bring a tear to the eye at her amazing survival/ comeback then one would have to be a stone cold heartless Repig asshole (I'm Lookin' at YOU Mr. Boner [R-Douchebag], where the fuck are your crocodile tears now, or haven't you had time to drink yet?)

TX_Bluebonnets August 2, 2011 at 9:23 am

Reminding us all that there are reasons we pay attention to this stuff other than snark and untreated obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Hooray for the human spirit and government-funded top grade health insurance!

BaldarTFlagass August 2, 2011 at 9:41 am

Reminding us all that there are reasons we pay attention to this stuff other than snark and untreated obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Speaking for yourself, I reckon.

FakaktaSouth August 2, 2011 at 9:50 am

Yeah, AMAZING story of survival – what with all the government interference getting between her and and her doctors. All these people with gov-funded health care keep making it through the most horrific medical crises (ie Dick Cheney's garden hose circulatory system) in spite of the inferior care no American would possibly want themselves. Simply Amazing.

jus_wonderin August 2, 2011 at 10:20 am

"Dick Cheney's garden hose circulatory system"

LOL.

starfanglednut August 2, 2011 at 10:54 am

Is it a series of tubes?

Nothingisamiss August 2, 2011 at 11:41 am

Your OCD is untreated? I find this is all better when mine is turned down just a wee notch.

And hooray for government funded top grade health insurance! (Which I long to have.)

MrFizzy August 2, 2011 at 9:23 am

McConnell: "Oh great, another drain on the system. We're never going to get out of debt if these leeches keep getting shot in the head."

BeWoot August 2, 2011 at 9:24 am

Oh, had it but been an existential declaration … something like, We don't negotiate with terrorists.

Mumbletypeg August 2, 2011 at 9:24 am

Giffords walked a few yards through the crowd to a voting machine and punched the button.

For the first time in a long while, the sentence "Never in a million years would I have thought…" is a declaration I can complete with something positive. And also something that I don't expect will dim from memory anytime soon.

Barb August 2, 2011 at 9:26 am

Is it time to go back to invading countries for oil now?

johnnyzhivago August 2, 2011 at 9:29 am

Sorry, no money for full scale invasions, but I think we can still afford to indiscriminately take out an Afghan wedding here or there.

riverside68 August 2, 2011 at 9:54 am

Think of all the poor Daddy Warbucks please.

These bombs aren't going to blow themselves up. (At least I hope they won't.)

OneDollarJuana August 2, 2011 at 10:42 am

Oh, hush. All that silly military cuts part of the bill will be ignored. We will be in four wars before you know it.

Biel_ze_Bubba August 2, 2011 at 11:30 am

"Sorry, no money for full scale invasions"

That didn't stop Bush.

PristineODummy August 2, 2011 at 2:31 pm

Did we stop?

soojank August 2, 2011 at 9:26 am

"Take that, NPR," Giffords added after the vote.

ProudLibunatic August 2, 2011 at 11:56 am

More like, "take that, NRA."

JustPixelz August 2, 2011 at 12:50 pm

More like, "ha ha, I only got shot. You guys had to listen to Louis Goehmert and Joe Walsh for the past six months."

GOPCrusher August 2, 2011 at 12:54 pm

Gabby Giffords shot in the head, proved that she has more common sense than Louie Gohmert.

PristineODummy August 2, 2011 at 2:32 pm

But the same could be said of an earthworm.

slithytoves August 2, 2011 at 9:29 am

"Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) called it 'the best experience I’ve had in Congress.'"

Well, that pretty much says it all.

FlownOver August 2, 2011 at 9:32 am

Ah, the soft bigotry of low expectations.

SpurningBeer August 2, 2011 at 11:29 am

Ah, the soft bigots.

Pragmatist2 August 2, 2011 at 9:40 am

Pete needs to meet more interns

Negropolis August 2, 2011 at 11:39 pm

Or, at least a Twitter account.

MittsHairHelmet August 2, 2011 at 9:31 am

Inspiring, even to my cold, dead, black heart.

deanbooth August 2, 2011 at 9:33 am

This is just like when Christ rose from the dead and kicked the leper.

[It is fucking depressing, is what I mean.]

DaRooster August 2, 2011 at 10:28 am

I read that as "licked" the leper… which is just grody.

Monsieur_Grumpe August 2, 2011 at 9:33 am

Is this the relish on the sugar coated satan sandwich?

Biel_ze_Bubba August 2, 2011 at 11:31 am

Mmmmm.

JustPixelz August 2, 2011 at 12:53 pm

I looooove Gabby relish on my sandwiches.

LabRodent August 2, 2011 at 9:35 am

How long before a Republican say something really stupid about Gabbys return?

baconzgood August 2, 2011 at 9:39 am

I guess we'll have to listen to Rush and Glenn today.

LabRodent August 2, 2011 at 9:48 am

I tried to listen to Rush one day on the drive home (bad traffic) and Wow who actually listens to this shit everyday. Never ever again.

jus_wonderin August 2, 2011 at 10:25 am

I am pleased that every button on my radio leads to NPR. My drives are calm.

tcaalaw August 2, 2011 at 9:39 am

I would have to imagine they're already making remarks over at Red State, but I get too nauseated visiting there to check.

Limeylizzie August 2, 2011 at 9:55 am

Just go to Yahoo News comments .

freakishlywrong August 2, 2011 at 10:23 am

Egad, but they are a deranged little community. Like Freepers who got banned for being TOO angry.

DaRooster August 2, 2011 at 10:29 am

3..2..1..

metamarcisf August 2, 2011 at 9:35 am

I told you that trip she took in the Space Shuttle was just what the doctor ordered.

Chillwaver August 2, 2011 at 9:36 am

No snark here. Welcome back, Rep. Giffords! On a side note, this would probably be a good time for Sarah Palin to disappear forever…

jus_wonderin August 2, 2011 at 10:28 am

Well, since her brain is missing, we have a start. Did a CERN tiny blackhole get loose???

DaRooster August 2, 2011 at 10:30 am

Sheesh… one miracle at a time… you crazy or somethin'?

PsycWench August 2, 2011 at 9:37 am

And a whole crew of armchair physicians declared without shame that she didn't really do anything but was simply a puppet of the Democratic machine.

JustPixelz August 2, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Too bad she couldn't have been more like Ronald Reagan. Got shot and still went back to work. Oh wait. Or Theodore Roosevelt: Got shot while campaigning and finished the fucking speech. He had an entire titanium body. They don't make politicians like that anymore. Now they just put in a titanium spine* and call it good.
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* except Obama = mercury spine

Negropolis August 2, 2011 at 11:41 pm

You are just plain horrible. I regret the lack of downfists.

baconzgood August 2, 2011 at 9:37 am

Heart warming….BUT SHE VOTED FOR THAT PIECE OF SHIT.

natoslug August 2, 2011 at 11:16 am

Always look on the sunny side of the turd. It could have been worse. Had the Republicans demanded it, I am sure it would have been worse, actually.

HedonismBot August 2, 2011 at 12:43 pm

I know, right! And the argument no doubt coming from most Democrats (including our Gabby) – that they were merely opting for the least-smelliest turd in the toilet bowl – still comes nowhere close to excusing it.
I'd be happier if the toughest women in Congress had come back and said "I didn't survive a bullet in the brain just so I could play handmaiden to the Republican raping of America. I'm voting down this piece of crap and I urge y'all to do the same." But no.
And it makes it even worse to realize Obama is probably going to celebrate our country's further downward slide with a glitzy signing ceremony.

Negropolis August 2, 2011 at 11:42 pm

I wish she would have let us default. We'd have been so much better off, that way.

Pragmatist2 August 2, 2011 at 9:39 am

The arrival of Darth Vader would have brightened that gruesome scene.

Barb August 2, 2011 at 9:47 am

"Luke, I am your father. I just lost my Medicare and Social security."

BornInATrailer August 2, 2011 at 11:07 am

"I find your lack of wealth disturbing."

HELisforHEL August 2, 2011 at 12:31 pm

While I'm normally not a fan of Star Wars references (I lost patience after the Teddy Bear installment), I concur.

x111e7thst August 2, 2011 at 9:39 am

As soon as a bill to save wetlands has a positive impact on hedge fund profits Congress will be all over it.

prommie August 2, 2011 at 9:45 am

Are their fetuses in the wetlands? Or guns? They'd jump for that, too.

OneYieldRegular August 2, 2011 at 9:58 am

If we can just convince those Florida Teabaggers that manatees are just giant fetuses sent by God…

riverside68 August 2, 2011 at 10:01 am

The way fresh water is going I wouldn't be surprised to see that hedge funds are purchasing options to drain the wet lands and sell the water.

Depressed yes, but that will just drive me to drink and after the hedge funds are done the tonic water is going to cost more than the gin.

Can you make potato vodka from urine or blood?

proudgrampa August 2, 2011 at 12:24 pm

Only if you eat a LOT of potatoes.

HELisforHEL August 2, 2011 at 12:33 pm
BaldarTFlagass August 2, 2011 at 9:39 am

*Sniff; tear in eye* It's like the Willis Reed story in Game 7 of the 1970 NBA Finals, except it's not the NBA and our team really kinda lost this one.

GOPCrusher August 2, 2011 at 12:59 pm

I think it's more like the Balloon Boy Story, where everyone lived in abject fear of a small child dying a horrible death in a runaway balloon, only to find out the next day that we got plowed in the ass by a couple of publicity whores.

freakishlywrong August 2, 2011 at 9:41 am

See, awful Conservetard pols? That there is called "grace" and "dignity". It's intangible and can't be bought or bargained for. And it doesn't rub off. Try a little next time you're taking hostages and face biting. You'll see yourselves as ugly as we see you.
Way to be, Gabby!

Sue4466 August 2, 2011 at 9:41 am

Glad Giffords has recovered to the point she could cast a vote. Deeply sad it was for this shit sandwich of a bill.

The irony that tax-payer funded healthcare helped her recovery and this bill's potential to result in cuts to Medicare is just terrific.

Barb August 2, 2011 at 9:41 am

Carly Fiorina was heard asking, "what's up with that short hair-do?" on an open microphone.

freakishlywrong August 2, 2011 at 9:57 am

Oh Barb.

Barb August 2, 2011 at 10:02 am

Sorry, I am going to give myself a time out for that one.

freakishlywrong August 2, 2011 at 10:25 am

No catnip for you, bad kitteh.

GOPCrusher August 2, 2011 at 1:00 pm

I don't know, I liked it. It was a walk off blast to center field.

Negropolis August 2, 2011 at 11:45 pm

I am so glad that mean girl lost. That incident summed her up in one swoop. A woman who was missing her own hair to cancer treatment had the gall to criticize her opponent for her own appearance. It blew my mind.

Thurman Munster IV August 2, 2011 at 9:41 am

You can't keep a good Jew down

SudsMcKenzie August 2, 2011 at 9:42 am

I never knew I could feel good watching the House in action

SpurningBeer August 2, 2011 at 11:35 am

I've never watched House. Watching television usually doesn't make me feel good.

BlueMonkeh August 2, 2011 at 9:42 am

The DNC called me wanting money just after I read about this lovely debt deal.

They did not get my money.

I am saving it for Hobo beans and used cardboard boxes.

freakishlywrong August 2, 2011 at 9:59 am

I've not donated a sou either. I'm so fed up with the fecklessness. Granted, they'll get my vote, anything is better than the tealiban, but I'm laying low on this one.

HedonismBot August 2, 2011 at 12:47 pm

I spent eighty bucks on Hopey a few years ago, back when I still had faith. No more.
Beer, pot, rubbing alcohol – anything to dull the existential and economic pain of life in 21st Century America – seems like a much better investment at this point.

BaldarTFlagass August 2, 2011 at 12:56 pm

Yeah, I'm tired of giving them my lunch money only to watch them roll over for the playground bully. That's not how it's supposed to work.

JustPixelz August 2, 2011 at 1:05 pm

II have a question about the hobo beans and cardboard diet. Do you salt the cardboard? If so, how can you afford salt Rockefeller?

Blendergoathead August 2, 2011 at 9:43 am

I would've been *really* happy if she would've voted against it.

Limeylizzie August 2, 2011 at 9:56 am

That would have been fantastique!

Biel_ze_Bubba August 2, 2011 at 11:36 am

And said as she left, "I may be brain-damaged, but I'm not stupid."

ManchuCandidate August 2, 2011 at 9:43 am

Tough tough tough woman.

ifthethunderdontgetya August 2, 2011 at 9:44 am

in order to solve what was a completely made-up crisis.

Bingo. This "debt ceiling crisis" reminded me of nothing more than Cleavon Little exiting the stage in Blazing Saddles.
~

prommie August 2, 2011 at 9:44 am

Well, the lesson here is obviously "don't retreat, reload." Take aim and exercise your second amendment ballot rights. Lock and load, git er done, yee-haw Amurrica. If only all our children had guns, there wouldn't be no child abuse.

SorosBot August 2, 2011 at 9:45 am

So it's all over – until the Republicans find something else vital they can take hostage to demand the government rob even more from the poor and middle class and allow the country to deteriorate even further; then we get to start all over again.

freakishlywrong August 2, 2011 at 10:30 am

In September, 2011, coming to a dysfunctional Government near you. All the guts n' glory and patriotic fevered drama of the Manufactured Debt Ceiling Crisis will seem tame by comparison to Hostage II, Budget 2012; Shutting down the Gummint'.

NorthStarSpanx August 2, 2011 at 9:46 am

In that one vote, Rep. Gabby is more productive and high-functioning than Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann combined.

HedonismBot August 2, 2011 at 12:50 pm

I don't know… Did Bachmann vote against it? If she did, I'm sure it was for all the wrong reasons, but a 'no' vote is the only course of action I could agree with in this scenario.

PubOption August 2, 2011 at 9:47 am

Someone must have been uncertain about the vote, if they dragged her back for this.

DerrickWildcat August 2, 2011 at 9:54 am

Sarah Palin would like to remind people about the time she fought off a Bear.

SpurningBeer August 2, 2011 at 11:36 am

Gummi? Teddy? Pedo?

Nothingisamiss August 2, 2011 at 11:46 am

All of them, Katie.

(I'm sorry, but all of them WERE good options.)

BaldarTFlagass August 2, 2011 at 9:54 am

I'm sorry, but this whole "Gabby" thing distresses me. "Gabrielle" is a real hot sexy name. "Gabby" just makes me think of that crusty old cowboy sidekick guy from all those movies, Gabby Hayes. And of course, the "sheriff is near" guy Gabby Johnson.

SayItWithWookies August 2, 2011 at 10:57 am

I've disliked the nickname Gabby ever since I had a coworker who pointedly introduced herself to me with it, and then proceeded to demonstrate how she got it — for an entire shift. Nonstop blathering is not such a rare quality it needs to be memorialized. And Gabrielle is a beautiful name that needs to abbreviation. But that's what English is for — to inure us to usages we find appalling. In this case she can go by whatever she wants.

BaldarTFlagass August 2, 2011 at 12:58 pm

I've always fantasized about buying a stock of T-shirts printed "Help! I'm talking and I can't shut up!" to give out where appropriate.

prommie August 2, 2011 at 11:46 am

To make it worse, Gabby Hayes makes me think of Gibby Haynes of the Butthole Surfers. I think I'm gonna get a bike, gonna paint it blue.

proudgrampa August 2, 2011 at 12:27 pm

No one would ever call Gabrielle Anwar "Gabby."

johnnyzhivago August 2, 2011 at 9:56 am

"If the Deficit Reduction Committee and Congress cannot agree on a way forward in 2013, unspecified, draconinan measures automatically kick into action. These are rumored to include: automatic sale of every American's firstborn child into white slavery, mandatory blood donations, sale of Amtrak to the Chinese Railway Safety Agency, closure of the FAA and the replacement of air traffic controllers with police officers stationed at flight intersections in balloons, opening enrollment in US military academies to well funded terror groups and reactivation of the Space Shuttle program with hopes of collecting big insurance payouts from accidents.

BlueMonkeh August 2, 2011 at 10:00 am

yeah – that sounds about right

weejee August 2, 2011 at 10:29 am

Either that or raise taxes on one of the more undertaxed advanced economies in the world. just sayin'

Biel_ze_Bubba August 2, 2011 at 11:39 am

Teabaggers will go to their graves rather than pay a tax that keeps them alive.

If only we could figure out how to put this into practice …

fuflans August 2, 2011 at 12:33 pm

nobody would buy our fat stupid diabetes riddled kids.

HELisforHEL August 2, 2011 at 12:38 pm

Tastes like chicken. Oh sorry, I meant pork.

bflrtsplk August 2, 2011 at 9:56 am

While it is certainly a heart warming site to see Congresswoman Giffords back on her feet, it is easy to forget that six people died that day at the hands of a gun toting lunatic.

MissusBarry August 2, 2011 at 10:00 am

Apparently we're sharing a brain on that. Of course, that 9 year old was being punished for repealing DADT, so that makes it ok. God fucking damn it, this country is full of psychopaths.

Rosie_Scenario August 2, 2011 at 10:23 am

Every country has some percentage of psychopaths, but only in U.S. America do we see to it that they are armed. The Second Amendment rules.

SpurningBeer August 2, 2011 at 11:38 am

Armed and often elected, yes.

MissusBarry August 2, 2011 at 9:56 am

Sans snark, full credit and well wishes to Rep. Giffords.

However, I can't help but dwell on the fact that a congresswoman casting her vote wouldn't be a weepy, happy moment if not for a fucking armed lunatic. And that just pisses me off.

johnnyzhivago August 2, 2011 at 9:58 am

“I did something that was not too congressional,” said Rep. James E. Clyburn (S.C.), the No. 3 Democrat. “I stood up and took a big fart and made a big mess in my pants.”

MissusBarry August 2, 2011 at 10:04 am

Sadly, acting like a toddler is, in fact, very congressional. The standing up shouldn't raise an eyebrow compared to all the unconscionable behavior pervading the institution.

DangerHelvetica August 2, 2011 at 10:05 am

Nah, that's been congressional ever since Vitter decided to stay around.

freakishlywrong August 2, 2011 at 10:34 am

Actually, I like Rep. Clyburn. That being said; doing something that is "not too congressional" would be growing a pair and passing some legislation that would help the rest of the 90% of us out here. Fuckers.

not that Dewey August 2, 2011 at 10:57 am

If that's the least congressional thing he's ever done, the teaparty has a lot to learn from him.

SpurningBeer August 2, 2011 at 11:40 am

Nobody wants to watch how sausage gets made. In their pants, I mean.

widestanceroman August 2, 2011 at 10:07 am

I feel like a turd for wondering: why did this truly wonderful moment have to come after common thugs have showed the world they run this town? The vision of Bachmann and King standing on the capitol balcony, inciting a mob, will stand out in my memory far longer than this one. That's wrong.

El Pinche August 2, 2011 at 10:19 am

Gabrielle Giffords is a bad ass.

MozakiBlocks August 2, 2011 at 10:19 am

If the Teatards were capable of feeling shame, then this was the moment to have done so. Alas, Congresswoman Giffords has more class, dignity, strength and grace than they could ever imagine.

Fuck them.

HELisforHEL August 2, 2011 at 12:43 pm

They have no shame, no sense, no idea how the world works, no idea what pawns they are in a rich man's game, no fucking clue whatsoever.
They're idiots of the first order. Mean-spirited, most oftentimes racist, selfish loudmouthed proud-to-be-ignorant douchebags.

MLite August 2, 2011 at 10:23 am

Moved by her bravery, the House Tea Party Caucus proposed an amendment to the debt bill to adopt a National Gun.

weejee August 2, 2011 at 10:24 am

Well the warm and fuzzies did not last too long.

Americans for Posteriority, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kochsuckers United, LLC, is distributing sample recall ballots in Demrat districts in Wisconsin that give the ballot due date as Thursday August 11th. The for reallz date is Tuesday August 9. A simple typo for sure.

horsedreamer_1 August 2, 2011 at 11:23 am
Beowoof August 2, 2011 at 10:27 am

Go Gabby, we need you and more like you.

DahBoner August 2, 2011 at 11:10 am

Victims of insane teabaggers?

No thanks…

Beowoof August 2, 2011 at 12:22 pm

We are all victims of insane teabaggers after this vote, we need folks such as Gabby who are an inspiration at fighting back after the attack.

LiveToServeYa August 2, 2011 at 10:29 am

So, a congresswoman survives near death experience and comes back to heroically vote for a shameless abortion of a bill, forced on the country by idiots who have no clue how the modern world works. I am happy that she recovered, but … what, exactly? This bill is a shot to America's head. Will it recover, too?

OneDollarJuana August 2, 2011 at 10:44 am

Apparently being shot in the head doesn't improve your judgement.

OneDollarJuana August 2, 2011 at 10:43 am

Gifford's smile was the only good thing to come out of the House yesterday.

OneDollarJuana August 2, 2011 at 10:45 am

At least my vacation won't be ruined next week because they will have closed the National Forest campground we're going to.

mavenmaven August 2, 2011 at 10:46 am

Of course, spanky2b and his friends are still grieving her survival- from their posting at breitbart: The "vegetable" vote came through. How many "Giffords" would the Dems create if they thought they could get away with it?

starfanglednut August 2, 2011 at 11:06 am

OMG, I hope you're kidding. Did someone really say that? Let me just reach for the loaded assault rifle I keep on the coffee table when I'm drinkin.

mavenmaven August 2, 2011 at 11:08 am
starfanglednut August 2, 2011 at 3:33 pm

Oh, Kevin Stowell. I'd completely forgotten that asshole.

HELisforHEL August 2, 2011 at 12:47 pm

Wow. I knew they were all moronic shitheads, but just…wow.

glamourdammerung August 2, 2011 at 11:00 am

I hope everyone remembers the real victim in all of this.

Sarah Palin.

starfanglednut August 2, 2011 at 11:06 am

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HELisforHEL August 2, 2011 at 12:47 pm

HAHAHAHA
It never gets old. ;-)

SayItWithWookies August 2, 2011 at 11:02 am

Congratulations to Rep. Giffords. Now I look forward to having positive progress to celebrate rather than — brave and compelling as her story is — the struggle to recover from a completely needless horror. This might have to wait until 2012 when we can kick the needless horrors out of office, however.

starfanglednut August 2, 2011 at 11:04 am

There is legislation to save the wetlands. They are protected under the clean water act, and at least here in MA, by the wetlands protection act. They are also conserved as habitat for endangered species. But don't worry, the baggers will try to revoke all environmental protection laws, cuz the market based solutions and the invisible hand will save the planet, doncha know. And freedumb and small gubmint, also too. I hope they enjoy their small government when the planet is one big wasteland, fuckers.

Infrogmation August 2, 2011 at 7:37 pm

Can someone please concoct a dossier proving that coastal erosion is a radical Muslin Ter'rist?

starfanglednut August 2, 2011 at 9:23 pm

Nah, the herons and frogs are welfare cheats! Sucking on the govt teat etc etc ad nauseum…

Doktor Zoom August 2, 2011 at 11:09 am

A Child's Treasury of Yahoo News comments on Gabby Giffords:

She's just another liberal puke. Why all the fanfare?

My heart and prayers go out to Gabby Gifford and her family for their suffering as victoms to horrific crimes.One of which is being used for this publicity stunt.It's shameful.

Don't be confused… Congresswoman is a: TRAITOR to AZ, & the U.S.A.

she's fortunate her incident occurred BEFORE the government takeover of the healthcare system she voted for took place.

she is the poster child for our plotical system…. dimished capacity is at the controls

She still is as Evil as the rest of them!!!!bad that he didnt put two slugs into her head!! Or better took them all out in washington!! The country would be better off!!

proudgrampa August 2, 2011 at 11:26 am

Oh. My. God.

What is WRONG with these people???

gullywompr August 2, 2011 at 11:46 am

Here's a few freeper ones from yesterday-

Who told her which button to push?

“You seat is right here Mrs. Giffords”
“Will I get a chance to go to the concession stand before the movie starts”?

Her vote is proof of brain damage

Did she say: “We need to raise the debt ceiling like we need a hole in the head?” There, I said it.

I understand her vote was actually “toast,” but it was construed to mean “yes.”

Those NAZIs had some fighting spirit, too.

Neilist_Returns August 2, 2011 at 2:30 pm

Did she say: “We need to raise the debt ceiling like we need a hole in the head?” There, I said it.

Now, THAT was funny. Tasteless, true. But funny.

gullywompr August 2, 2011 at 5:40 pm

Boy, Neilist, you made a real Sophie's Choice on picking your favorite one.

Neilist_Returns August 2, 2011 at 8:50 pm

Well, I could have gone with "Tropic Thunder," e.g., "Gabby went Full Retard."

HELisforHEL August 2, 2011 at 12:55 pm

yes, she's quite the poster child for our plotical system.

DahBoner August 2, 2011 at 11:09 am

Giffords is thinking about getting into acting, because she's already got a head shot…

MinAgain August 2, 2011 at 11:13 am

Word spread. Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) called it “the best experience I’ve had in Congress.”

And there you have it. A very sweet, well-intended indictment of the legislative branch.

Weenus299 August 2, 2011 at 11:14 am

She should've entered the chamber wielding a broadsword.

ttommyunger August 2, 2011 at 11:36 am

The continuous venom from the right, the grandstanding poseurs on the left; this is all just too fucking sad for words.

ProudLibunatic August 2, 2011 at 12:01 pm

Really. Wake me up when the pendulum swings back to rationality.

ttommyunger August 2, 2011 at 12:15 pm

Do not hold breath!

DustBowlBlues August 2, 2011 at 12:10 pm

I'm sure Boner was crying. No, wait, he only cries when he can make it all about himself.

LiveToServeYa August 2, 2011 at 12:40 pm

It's amazing the orange doesn't streak.

DashboardBuddha August 2, 2011 at 2:17 pm

I really like this lady. What strength and courage. As for the vote, I think it would have been cool if she voted "no", saying, "look…I've been shot in the fucking head and even I know this is a bad deal for the middle class".

Neilist_Returns August 2, 2011 at 2:24 pm

That's the problem with a 9mm.

Even with a headshot, a wounded Representative might still make it back to its Congressional lair and KEEP VOTING!!!!!!!

Next time, use the Weatherby .460 Magnum.

It's the only way to be sure — short of nuking the entire site from orbit.

Neilist
Waiting To See How Many Negative Points THIS One Is Going To Get Me

SudsMcKenzie August 2, 2011 at 4:24 pm

meh, maybe his peripheral vision was off, like someone not noticing there are no downfists anymore?

Neilist_Returns August 2, 2011 at 8:48 pm

Drat. I work so hard for those negative points, too.

Negropolis August 2, 2011 at 11:51 pm

Guess what? This time, you won't have a chance to voluntarily leave. Thanks for this. You've fucked up one too many times now, troll. Goodbye.

gurukalehuru August 2, 2011 at 2:39 pm

She came back just in time to vote "Fuck the poor, let's continue this recession forever." Excuse me for not standing on my chair and applauding.

Neilist_Returns August 2, 2011 at 3:56 pm

You INSENSITIVE PIG!!!!!!!!!!

Where, where is your proper Wonkettee Sense of Bathos?

bigdupa August 2, 2011 at 4:22 pm

I wish she would have walked over and kicked Eric Cantor in the nuts.

zhubajie August 2, 2011 at 6:27 pm

Did the Reps cheer her as well?

Negropolis August 2, 2011 at 11:58 pm

Yes, the Representatives did cheer her, as well.

rocktonsam August 2, 2011 at 6:39 pm

Gabby still has more of a , never mind.

cripes

Negropolis August 2, 2011 at 11:49 pm

You are the very last person here who needs to make any comment about anything surrounding Gabby Giffords considering why you're stupid ass left the last time.

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