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June 22, 2007
By: Kevin Drum

BACK TO 100....Our new senator from Wyoming is John Barrasso, MD. Fun fact: according to Wikipedia, "Dr. Barrasso is also a rodeo physician for the Professional Rodeo Cowboy's Association." Aside from that, he appears to be a fairly standard issue Wyoming Republican.

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He'll come in handy when the Republican party gets "Gored".

Posted by: steve duncan on June 22, 2007 at 1:08 PM | PERMALINK

he seems to be a flipper on abortion rights as well, having gone from pro-choice to pro-life. that seems to be popular among republicans these days.

Posted by: mudwall jackson on June 22, 2007 at 1:12 PM | PERMALINK

Ah, Kevin.

"he appears to be a fairly standard issue Wyoming Republican"

You mean "a regular American" Kevin? YOU MEAN A REGUALR AMERICAN?!

Posted by: egbert on June 22, 2007 at 1:15 PM | PERMALINK

Better than a Rodeo Clown since we have so many clowns already!

Posted by: R.L. on June 22, 2007 at 1:33 PM | PERMALINK

I'm going to be at the Jackson rodeo next week. I pray there are no injuries in Senator Barrasso's absence.

Posted by: shortstop on June 22, 2007 at 1:42 PM | PERMALINK

Republican "doctor" politicians don't seem to be all that smart. Frist, for example, Coburn, and, Rep Gingery from Georgia (an OB/GYN) who I heard being interviewed last week. What a stupid man. I looked him up in my "Congress guide" and was astounded to see he was a DOCTOR!

Posted by: phoebes on June 22, 2007 at 1:42 PM | PERMALINK

Wow, mhr, what an incredibly insightful post! That really helps me understand the new Senator from WY all the better. Have a terrific weekend!

Posted by: MJ on June 22, 2007 at 1:59 PM | PERMALINK

Bingo Bob?

Posted by: coldhotel on June 22, 2007 at 1:59 PM | PERMALINK

Whoa, history lessons from the uneducated.

Nice work, boys!

As to the "REGUALR" 'Murkins streaming froth from Wyoming to service our great nation, let us now pause to honor our not-a-member-of-the-administration veep, one of two "living" persons for whom a federal building is named.

Posted by: Skeeterbytes on June 22, 2007 at 2:03 PM | PERMALINK

Hopefully, service in Washington won't prevent him from "practicing his love" with cowboys all over this country.

Posted by: howie on June 22, 2007 at 2:10 PM | PERMALINK

Probably the least dangerous appointment considering the wingnuts the Republicans offered up - Sansonetti was pure poison and Lummis would have been hard to get out. Barrasso is standard issue right to life and all that crap. I'm in Wyoming -- I know.

Posted by: jjo on June 22, 2007 at 2:11 PM | PERMALINK

howie at 2:10--line of the week!

Posted by: shortstop on June 22, 2007 at 2:12 PM | PERMALINK

Let's hope that this surgeon senator eschews any remote diagnosis by TV camera.

Posted by: Susan Kitchens on June 22, 2007 at 2:16 PM | PERMALINK

The Soviet Union no longer exists thanks largely to Reagan.

Actually, the Soviet Union no longer exists because Gorbachev wouldn't send in tanks against Lech Walesa in Poland, Vaclav Havel in Czechslovakia, and the rest of them. The Russians weren't afraid of our Hollywood Cowboy because they knew if they needed to attack they could do it during his nap and we'd be unprepared.

Posted by: tomeck on June 22, 2007 at 2:27 PM | PERMALINK


Every time egbert posts, I am reminded of an eerily prescient movie. Eggy, my boy, you are ahead of your time. About 500 years ahead of your time.

Posted by: Blue Girl, Red State (aka G.C.) on June 22, 2007 at 2:32 PM | PERMALINK

gee mhr, i'm glad you're not engaging "in what liberals do best- insult political enemies."

Posted by: mudwall jackson on June 22, 2007 at 2:35 PM | PERMALINK

Well, at least we have brilliant people running running the Speaker's website. They know the difference between a Canadian uniform and an American one. Don't they ?

What was it about getting the troops to vote D ?

Coburn has been the chief force for reform in the last Congress and this one. Not so dumb I'd say.

Posted by: Mike K on June 22, 2007 at 2:48 PM | PERMALINK

Not so dumb I'd say.

He's especially renowned for his groundbreaking studies on female sexuality.

Posted by: shortstop on June 22, 2007 at 2:56 PM | PERMALINK

mhr -

It's so true.

Thank you for posting that. I'm going to post it at my area at work and piss the liberal guy off with it! LOL!

Posted by: egbert on June 22, 2007 at 2:56 PM | PERMALINK

Completely Off Topic

comment card revolution!

Posted by: slanted tom on June 22, 2007 at 3:03 PM | PERMALINK

It seems that the ONLY goal of wingnutz is to "piss people off".

They're not meant to govern, which is why they steal everything that isn't nailed down when people are stupid enough to elect them. They know their time is limited and they have to grab as much shit as possible in the short time they have to do it.

Posted by: Mrs. Peel on June 22, 2007 at 3:06 PM | PERMALINK

Hi Kevin Drum,

I was already expecting an article like yours on Ron Paul's poll standing. Go ahead! Keep showting that Ron Paul is a Libertarian and not a Republican ( a real Republican, by the way, not one like the lying thiefs from ‘Iowans for Tax Relief’ Eric Failor and his boss, John McCain- who go by the disguise of Republicans and act like Hitler’s crew ) It's a good label.

Market Oracle, probably the most respected financial forecasters in European economics saw it coming like we all have.


Ron Paul is the man. The real deal. Americans knows it, you know it, Ruppert Murdoch knows it (certainly the Market Oracle knows it!) and the world knows it.

We understand that you would lose your jobs at CBS if you dissented. But...dude..you don’t have to be spineless. I'm sure you can look to a few in your own organization as an example.

Good luck in your career.

Posted by: Estrella Eguino on June 22, 2007 at 3:41 PM | PERMALINK

Ron Paul supporters: Too dumb--or is it groundbreaking?!--to post in the right thread.

Posted by: shortstop on June 22, 2007 at 4:00 PM | PERMALINK

. . . actually, it was the Saudis, manipulating the oil market (like they did in the 1970s, and as they are doing today - with their terror-war-by-proxy), that took-out the Soviets.

When prices are low (1980's, 90's) big oil producers (USSR) get killed and oil consumers (USA) thrive. When prices are high (1970's, NOW), big oil producers (Russian Mafia) thrive, and oil consumers (USA) get killed. Never mind that Bush graciously agreed to invade Saudi Arabia's neighbor for them, so that Saddam couldn't do what the Saudis did in the 1980's (open the spigots, and let prices float).

Posted by: osama_been_forgotten on June 22, 2007 at 4:48 PM | PERMALINK

Actually, John Barrasso is not a standard issue Wyoming Republican, despite the "fun fact" that he is also registered as a rodeo physician, which in Wyoming is as common as having a physician present during soccer games in other communitiies. He grew up in the Philadelphia area, I believe, and came West after medical school. Wyoming is not a socially conservative state -- more libertarian than anything -- and so my guess is Barrasso will be closer in temperament and judgement to the Northeast Republicans than the Southern variety. He will no doubt be fairly quiet initially until he can win a term on his own in a regular election. After that, while he will no doubt represent Wyoming's traditional natural resource industries as expected, I think he has the potential to be a fine senator. I think he can especially be a sane voice on health care and will not be the farce that Frist turned out to be.

Posted by: Scott Farris on June 22, 2007 at 4:57 PM | PERMALINK

Reagan responded with Pershing missiles targeted at them

Sorry, mhr. It was Carter who negotiated the deployment of the Pershing missles. Reagan came into office, traveled to Europe and made a fool out of himself talking about “winable nuclear war”. Our allies were so spooked that it almost blew the deployment deals. Adults had to step in quickly.

And BTW. When is SDI going to be deployed? Reagan promised the early 1990s.

Posted by: little ole jim from red country on June 23, 2007 at 9:29 PM | PERMALINK



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