Just watched Sen. Max Baucus run through a litany of what he says will be brought to those Americans who are in need of health insurance. I’m not a fan of Baucus’, but it was a decent listing.
Chris Dodd (D-CT) is speaking now. Why does this debate matter? And why are you watching C-SPAN on a Saturday evening. (Um, it was either CSPAN or TruTV’s ‘World’s Dumbest Criminals’ – which I actually enjoy.)
Oh, Christ – Mitch McConnell. What’s that phrase – I’d rather listen to fingernails across a chalkboard.
….. Here’s Harry Reid. My C-SPAN2 stream is getting kind of blinky…
I’m not understanding the hesitancy to have a debate, which is what this vote was all about. The vote was 60-39 to. Every single Democrat voting ‘aye.’ C-SPAN is having some problem with their callers or their phone system. Okay! Moving on…..
Senator Robert Byrd did not look particularly good. Poor thing – how old IS he? 92! He just turned 92, Nov. 20th. He was born in 1917. My father, 1920. Harry Reid is holding a ‘press conference’ with Chris Dodd and Tom Harkin; I’ll listen and then I’m going to take a break.
Earlier there was some mention of David Broder being maligned by Harry Reid as just some guy who’s retired occasionally writing. Mitch Mcconnell wanted David Broder’s column (to be printed tomorrow) to be entered into the record.
McConnell opens by reading from David Broder’s WaPo column entitled “A Budget-Buster in the Making.”
Reid responds: “To focus on an editorial written by a man who has been retired for many years and writes a column once in a while is not where we should be.”
The Political Game left the link to McJoan’s explanation of Broder’s column in the comments.
Broder ends his column with this.
The challenge to Congress — and to Obama — remains the same: Make the promised savings real, and don’t pass along unfunded programs to our children and grandchildren.
Was such a request written as a call out to George W. Bush by Mr. Broder with all those bills voted up to cover the costs of dual-front wars that added billions to the ever overdrafting of U.S. budget?