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Tilting at Windmills

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November 20, 2009

FRIDAY'S MINI-REPORT.... Today's edition of quick hits:

* Still no word from Sens. Landrieu and Lincoln as to whether they'd rather kill health care reform than let the Senate debate the bill. Landrieu said she'd end the suspense in the morning.

* Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) gets a provision he was looking for: "Senate Democratic leaders have amended their newly released health reform bill to include a contentious provision allowing some workers to receive cash vouchers toward exchange coverage in lieu of enrolling in employer-based plans."

* It's encouraging to see Jim Comey and Jack Goldsmith, two top ranking officials from the Bush Justice Department, defend the decision to try Khalid Sheik Mohammed and four accused co-conspirators in an NYC criminal court.

* The House passed the "Doc Fix" last night, on a 243 to 183 vote. House Republicans were for it before they were against it.

* A slap on the wrist: "The Senate ethics committee on Friday issued a sternly worded rebuke to Senator Roland Burris of Illinois, saying he had made misleading and inaccurate statements about the circumstances surrounding his appointment by disgraced Governor Rod Blagojevich. But it made no recommendation for punishment."

* Did Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) knowingly violate Senate ethics rules? Probably.

* The University of California probably didn't intend to be one of the most expensive in the country, and yet, here we are.

* Systemic change doesn't happen over night: "Narratives will always be with us, but it would be nice if they could at least be tenuously based on reality.... [T]he 'silver tongued orator' narrative has really been plucked out of nowhere. Yes, Obama is a good speaker, but there's zero evidence that his administration or his governing style is based on this in any significant way. Just the opposite, in fact. So knock it off, folks."

* Impeachment is still a possibility for South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford (R).

* I argued yesterday that it takes a lot of nerve for Karl Rove to criticize the White House for releasing bad news on Friday afternoons. Media Matters fleshes the point out in more detail.

* If Dick Armey goes around saying "read the bill," mantra like, he should probably take the time to read the bills he criticizing.

* Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.), still not very bright.

* Stephen Colbert and David Letterman seem mildly concerned that President Obama is cooler than they are.

* And in Utah, state Sen. Chris Buttars (R), one of the nation's more notorious homophobic bigots, explained a little bit about his worldview this week. "I meet with the gays here and there," Buttars said. "They were in my house two weeks ago. I don't mind gays. But I don't want 'em stuffing it down my throat all the time."

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

Steve Benen 5:30 PM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (20)

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Is that Butt-Arse? A fitting name for one such as he.

Posted by: st john on November 20, 2009 at 5:43 PM | PERMALINK

[...] a contentious provision allowing some workers to receive cash vouchers toward exchange coverage in lieu of enrolling in employer-based plans."

"Contentious" because God forbid some workers might have an actual, real-to-goodness *choice* of plans, instead of meekly accepting whatever the employer, in his paternal wisdom, decides for them.

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I don't mind gays. But I don't want 'em stuffing it down my throat all the time." -- Chris Buttars (talk about redundancy!)

Sen Buttarrs and I are on the same wavelength. Once in a while, maybe, is OK. But, all the time??? No stuffing way!!!

Posted by: exlibra on November 20, 2009 at 5:51 PM | PERMALINK

exlibra,

exactly. lmao.

Posted by: mudwall jackson on November 20, 2009 at 5:55 PM | PERMALINK

The University of California probably didn't intend to be one of the most expensive in the country, and yet, here we are.

more reverse robinhoodism - republicans have been hugely successful at undermining the disadvantaged and killing their, and Americas future. It is indecent, a disgrace, disgusting.

Posted by: pluege on November 20, 2009 at 6:03 PM | PERMALINK

"...stuffing it down my throat all the time."

This is too easy,
I'll PASS on this one.
Poor, unfortunate Sen. Chris Buttars (R-lmao)

Wait a min... Does his Fkn name rhyme with Butters ??
Oy ...

Posted by: cwolf on November 20, 2009 at 6:04 PM | PERMALINK

And in Utah, state Sen. Chris Buttars (R), one of the nation's more notorious homophobic bigots, explained a little bit about his worldview this week. "I meet with the gays here and there," Buttars said. "They were in my house two weeks ago. I don't mind gays. But I don't want 'em stuffing it down my throat all the time."

Why would anyone want to stick it down his throat anytime, let alone all the time? I doubt he gives good head at all.

Posted by: TCinLA on November 20, 2009 at 6:16 PM | PERMALINK

Yeah, gosh, if hets weren't stuffing it down my throat all the time, we wouldn't be in this fix. Just let gays have rights, and gosh, I doubt you'll hear a peep.

All the time, hmm?

Posted by: Crissa on November 20, 2009 at 6:44 PM | PERMALINK

THE DANGERS OF ILLITERACY...
WHEN THE MAJORITY IS MISGUIDED...

Two posts in one day lamenting the reluctance of the unfortunate, benighted American people to appreciate the Olympian intellect of Benen, et.al..

Look, due to luck and long hours the small company (27 very bright folks) where I work is having a somewhat improved 2009. We have also generated some solid new contracts that will carry us through the next year.

We are absolutely NOT hiring specifically because of the tsunami of costs that are coming down the line from this Adminstration and this Congress.

The condescension, bad faith, and dubious assumption of moral superiority is going to lose this one for the Left just as much as the brain-damaged Dem fantasy assumptions of "pay go," "deficit nuetral," and "no tax under $200K."

Posted by: tao9 on November 20, 2009 at 6:46 PM | PERMALINK

I'd say Butters needn't worry, An ugly-ass face like that....not many of "the gays" would be interested in him at all.

Posted by: Saint Zak on November 20, 2009 at 7:11 PM | PERMALINK

it takes a lot of nerve for Karl Rove to criticize the White House for releasing bad news on Friday afternoons.

Posted by: rea on November 20, 2009 at 7:16 PM | PERMALINK

Tao9, a client of mine is eagerly awaiting the implementation of the deficit neutral health plan. Premiums for him & employees thru Unicare tripled over the last 6 months & we got a notice last week that they are discontinuing in the insurance industry & pimping out their customers to BCBSTX.
We went from 20 employees down to 11 for todays payroll. This BS economics game W played w/ Paulson et al has fucked up a lot of lives. Had they not looted the treasury & citizens with their legal derivative trading & speculation we wouldn't be looking at those last 11 guys through fine lenses.
Obama is doing his best, albeit not as fast as most of us want results. The A*holes in the Rethug party are doing everything possible to bleed the public dry.

Obama & his administration are not the problem, put down your blaming finger. I can usually relate to your messages, but not today.

My client is a producer, manufacturer, designer & people demand his talent; rich folks can't get enough of his beautiful work, but even they are hanging onto their pennies.
Everyone is suffering & its not because of Obama, its because of W & all the tax cuts & deregulation.

Even my kids (4 & under) know from watching the news, that Obama is trying to help us little people.

Posted by: vwmeggs on November 20, 2009 at 7:28 PM | PERMALINK

I once had a nuetral, but then I traded it for an old encyclopedia.

Posted by: Hazy on November 20, 2009 at 8:01 PM | PERMALINK

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) gets a provision he was looking for. . .

What is the mental problem with these people?

No one on earth gives a rats ass whether corporations for health insurance exist at all.

The 'principal' of the thing is this guy is some kind of idiotic asshole.

Posted by: cld on November 20, 2009 at 8:09 PM | PERMALINK

Stuffing it down your throat isn't the only place you can put that Mr. Butt-arse!

Wow, that guy is Fleet backwash!

Posted by: Gay Trollop on November 20, 2009 at 8:10 PM | PERMALINK

Caribou Barbie, all dressed up with something to sell...

Had enough yet America?
Or are we going to have to suffer through:
Sarah Palin Week in Review?

Posted by: koreyel on November 20, 2009 at 10:14 PM | PERMALINK

Buttars should be so lucky they stuff it down his throat at all.

Posted by: Schtick on November 21, 2009 at 2:17 AM | PERMALINK

Well then, my advice to the good senator Buttars is to keep his mouth closed.

Posted by: rbe1 on November 21, 2009 at 4:29 AM | PERMALINK

he'll get arrested for a larry craig any day now.

Posted by: daveminnj on November 21, 2009 at 8:31 AM | PERMALINK

With a name like Buttars, it isn't my throat I would worry about.

Posted by: Danp on November 21, 2009 at 9:15 AM | PERMALINK

when this guy talks about "deep throat" i bet he's NOT thinking about watergate

Posted by: dj spellchecka on November 22, 2009 at 4:07 PM | PERMALINK
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