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July 24, 2009

SOMEONE TAKE HIS BLACKBERRY AWAY.... Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, the ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, told Bloomberg's Al Hunt today that he thinks the odds of passing health care reform this year are "very, very good."

And yet, he keeps tweeting messages that suggest he's not exactly committed to meaningful reform.

"PTL BluDogs Keep barkin Pelosie bill is Govt takeovr of healthCare Breaks Obama promise"keep what u hv" Puts Wash Burocrats in chrg MUSTSTOP." [emphasis and typos in the original]

I see. The ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee takes a break from health care negotiations to offer borderline-incoherent Twitter messages about "government takeovers" and "Washington bureaucrats."

Seriously? Efforts to make this guy happy are holding up health care reform in the Senate? He's the key to "bipartisan" health care reform?

It's no wonder the Senate won't vote before the recess.

Steve Benen 2:35 PM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (19)

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"PTL BluDogs Keep barkin Pelosie bill..."

This is your brain on drugs.

Posted by: qwerty on July 24, 2009 at 2:38 PM | PERMALINK

Something tells me that Chuck Grassley would have spelled Pelosi's name right... more like he needs to smack his interns.

Posted by: nb on July 24, 2009 at 2:44 PM | PERMALINK

This reads like a diary of someone with paranoid schizophrenia. Grassly is clearly able to speak in complete sentences, so why the hell is his writing such a bizarre stream of consciousness?

Posted by: Master Mahan on July 24, 2009 at 2:45 PM | PERMALINK

One thing I don't understand about Grassley's rants: Iowa is a blue state. It supported Obama strongly, gave him his first victory, etc. Isn't it time that the good people of Iowa get in Grassley's grill and put some real pressure on him to stop acting a damn fool? What's going on here? Iowans need to start making Grassley feel the heat.

Posted by: hit the road jack on July 24, 2009 at 2:50 PM | PERMALINK

The Dems have given him this power. This is entirely a reflection on the Dems' smarts and skill.

Posted by: Obama / Steelers / etc on July 24, 2009 at 3:00 PM | PERMALINK

Grassley on twitter is the epitome of Senate clown car nonsense.

GODDAM IT!

Why can't we have a sane United States Senate?
Why can't we have an intelligent United States Senate?
Or at least one with men in it who have maturity more than the average 10 year-old boy.

Posted by: neill on July 24, 2009 at 3:00 PM | PERMALINK

The judgment of a Senator (or any adult) who spells like a pre-adolescent, even on Twitter, can't be trusted.

Posted by: Chris on July 24, 2009 at 3:05 PM | PERMALINK

This sort of cognitive dissonance was perfected by Arlen Specter. Specter oftern stood on the steps and praised or condemned a peice of legislation, then turned around went inside the chamber and voted opposite what he just declared. Same as it ever was.

Posted by: Winkandanod on July 24, 2009 at 3:08 PM | PERMALINK

Isn't this guy a fucking "Washington bureaucrat" who of course relies on taxpayer funded HC.

Posted by: grinning cat on July 24, 2009 at 3:16 PM | PERMALINK

HELP ive strted twittring and cant stop help me im meltng i can feel my mind is going i cn feel it Dave my mind is goig

Posted by: Speed on July 24, 2009 at 3:28 PM | PERMALINK

Hit the road jack,

Grassley's up for re-election in 2010. He's not likely to face a challenge in the primary, but he's a strong-enough incumbent in Iowa that he can go far on personality and casting himself as a check on an even-still popular president.

His challenger is likely to be a state pol named Bob Krause. http://www.krauseforiowa.com/

Posted by: Trevor J on July 24, 2009 at 3:45 PM | PERMALINK

This proves the problems shown in this morning's post, "Aversion to Substance."

Posted by: TonyB on July 24, 2009 at 3:49 PM | PERMALINK

Do we know that the twitterer claiming to be Grassley is, in fact, Grassley. Remember the old adage, on the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog.

yeah, well, OK, a dog would have better spelling.

Posted by: biggerbox on July 24, 2009 at 3:51 PM | PERMALINK

You know, his twitter messages are fine grammatically. It's pretty snobbish of people to criticize him for that.

As for content, moron. Pure and simple.

Posted by: MNPundit on July 24, 2009 at 4:01 PM | PERMALINK

It's funny how I hear that gibberish in Grassley's strange voice when I read it.

Posted by: Capt Kirk on July 24, 2009 at 4:21 PM | PERMALINK

"PTL BluDogs Keep barkin Pelosie bill is Govt takeovr of healthCare Breaks Obama promise'keep what u hv Puts Wash Burocrats in chrg MUSTSTOP."

His twitter messages are fine grammatically? It's pretty snobbish of people to criticize him for that? I'm sorry, but it's "snobbish" to criticize those who value education, reason, and intellect.

Posted by: Chris on July 24, 2009 at 4:22 PM | PERMALINK

This is humiliatin'. I've actually voted for the guy once or twice, when the Dems couldn't put up anybody any better, and he has generally seemed to have a rustic simplicity that stands in well enough for integrity. I could bear it when he was only occasionally quoted on farm policy or $400 toilet seats, but suddenly, he's in the news every day! Iowa provides a better education than this, and I really want to believe those twitters are put up by overzealous staffers.

Krause is in the race already, but I have hopes of one of our freshman representatives, either Braley or Loebsack, getting in eventually.

Posted by: stinger on July 24, 2009 at 7:27 PM | PERMALINK

Now Steve what you have in reality is Grassley tweeting takedown-language talking points, directly, instantaneously, to the thousand or so writers and on-camera talent in the conservative media propaganda machine.

it is not technically idiotic, it is demotic. A sort of broadly-shaped blabber.

No doubt there are Democrats tweaking the some source of thing -- although one notices a whiff of desperation among the Democrats, as if they have not put together a coherent economic argument for universal healthcare; as if they have not done their propaganda homework.

Posted by: Lee A. Arnold on July 25, 2009 at 12:02 AM | PERMALINK

Grassley should know quickly tweeted messages can look ridiculous. Some make about as much sense as chatter in the bird world, where talk is cheep.

The senator indeed seems to be slipping. Consider, for example, his recent "town hall meeting" appearance in Waukon, Iowa. Growing increasingly cranky with a health care questioner, Grassley told the guy he should go get a job with the federal government (where U.S. senators are covered).

That is a far remove from 2001, when then-Finance and Banking Chairman Chuck Grassley talked George W. Bush into scaling back his vaunted tax cuts -- from $1.6 trillion to a little over $1.3 trillion. A modest measure, perhaps, but it did make the plunge into further federal indebtedness a little less disastrous.

Posted by: Jerry Elsea on July 25, 2009 at 9:00 AM | PERMALINK
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