Video: CBS reports on vote-buying in ObamaCare bill

posted at 10:55 am on December 23, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

When CBS Evening News reports on Democratic corruption, we know that the story has gotten legs. Katie Couric and Wyatt Andrews throw in an obligatory “Republicans did it too” moment, but other than about fifteen seconds, the CBS pair keeps the heat on Democrats:

What Andrews misses in his tu quoque is that it was a Republican Congress that admonished Tom DeLay for attempting to trade favors for votes.  The GOP may have porked up Congress for a decade and undermined their credibility by doing so, but at least they had some limits and a sense of shame strong enough to publicly rebuke their own leadership for arguably corrupt practices.  Couric points out the difference without making it explicit; while Republicans admonished their own leader for these kinds of shenanigans, Democrats don’t feel a need to put on even a pretense of shame.

In other words, they’re shameless in their pursuit of power through the culture of corruption — and when even CBS notices the stench from a Democratic Congress, it must be getting very bad indeed.


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Florida seniors avoid cuts to medicare advantage. The other 49 states’ seniors can go screw themselves!

Haha!

That’s a great idea and totally makes sense. – Liberals

lorien1973 on December 23, 2009 at 10:57 AM

Republicans did it too – that makes it OK? Right on, Ed, for catching that little mistake whereby Republicans who did it were duly admonished. They also rightfully lost control of power thanks to their spending run amok, but they look like pikers compared to the Dems.

Red Cloud on December 23, 2009 at 10:58 AM

O/T: Home sales plunge 11% in Nov….experts stunned…expected 2% gain. LOSERS!

On topic: EVERYONE can see what this bill is…pork, pork, pork!

SouthernGent on December 23, 2009 at 10:59 AM

Smells like freedom! – Bleeds Blue

BadgerHawk on December 23, 2009 at 11:00 AM

Were it not for Patterson and Bloomberg howling up in New York about how this bill screws the city that most of the CBS News people call home, and the fact that others on the left like Howard Dean have been railing about the compromises in the Senate plan, my guess is you wouldn’t be seeing this get as much play as it has.

If it’s attacked by the left, and if it could end up hurting them and/or their families and co-workers because of where they live, then it’s finally OK to expose what the Democrats are doing.

jon1979 on December 23, 2009 at 11:02 AM

B Hussien 0′s honeymoon is ovah.

OmahaConservative on December 23, 2009 at 11:02 AM

My gal Katie is looking quite bucked and perky. Don’t you want to just give her a hug?

Chomsky Dance Recital on December 23, 2009 at 11:02 AM

Republicans rewarded, but not with lives, bridges, roads, etc.

Catch War and Remembrance, the Nazis decided who went to the gas chamber….hope you are in the right state.

nondhimmie on December 23, 2009 at 11:03 AM

Yeah, that’s right, let’s make the story about Tom Delay and Republicans. Way to go.

Maybe, just maybe, some of the people at CBS care enough about themselves, if not the country, that they don’t want this thing to pass. Maybe.

DaydreamBeliever on December 23, 2009 at 11:03 AM

And now the “People” will speak. Go Teapartiers in 2010!

VegasRick on December 23, 2009 at 11:04 AM

I think the democrats have convinced a lot of people that pork spending is stimulus at this point.

I honestly think a lot of them see this as the proper role of congress. That’s why there is no shame. Funneling kick backs to your state creates jobs right?

jhffmn on December 23, 2009 at 11:05 AM

I think Americans generally have what is fair and what is not. Building a new hospital to get a healthcare vote is on the edge. The open corruption and utter lack of bipartisanship makes this an “unfair” piece of legislation. It is the love child of Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and Obama and not the legislative process.

highhopes on December 23, 2009 at 11:05 AM

I guess those two idiots did not bother to see that Senator Nelson is the most hated man in Nebraska. So much for that buying a re-election comment. Hacks.

uber-con on December 23, 2009 at 11:06 AM

Tom Harkin wants to right a great injustice? Let’s start with his bogus military bio.

I’ve had about enough of the finger waging from this bunch.

R Square on December 23, 2009 at 11:06 AM

I think the tide is turning. “Here’s what I gotcha” isn’t going to trump all anymore – Ben Nelson is hopefully going to learn this firsthand in 2012.

Red Cloud on December 23, 2009 at 11:07 AM

I know I know, states with two dem senators should pay no taxes, states with one of each pay some taxes, and states with two GOP senators pay the rest.

Akzed on December 23, 2009 at 11:08 AM

CBS?…Unprecedented!
Look out Barry..gonna hang the stink rag on you.

Itchee Dryback on December 23, 2009 at 11:08 AM

The shamelessness of the democrats is appalling and contributes to, and maintains, the “entitlement” attitude of their constituents.

GaltBlvnAtty on December 23, 2009 at 11:09 AM

CBS soon receives a sternly worded letter from the O administration warning that sanctions are forthcoming if this irresponsible behavior is not stopped.

GnuBreed on December 23, 2009 at 11:09 AM

CBS reported on Dem scandal??? I just fell outta my chair.

search4truth on December 23, 2009 at 11:10 AM

In other words, they’re shameless in their pursuit of power through the culture of corruption — and when even CBS notices the stench from a Democratic Congress, it must be getting very bad indeed.

Does all that matter if the bill’s going to pass anyway?

NoFanofLibs on December 23, 2009 at 11:11 AM

Nothing like waiting until the last instant before you report on this CBS. They are passing this bill tomorrow morning.

Mord on December 23, 2009 at 11:11 AM

I’ve started rereading Atlas Shrugged. It is astonishing/scary how much it predicted exactly what’s happening now. It’s unreal, watching with our very eyes as our country is being torn apart from the inside like this.

WesternActor on December 23, 2009 at 11:11 AM

Florida seniors avoid cuts to medicare advantage. The other 49 states’ seniors can go screw themselves!

Haha!

That’s a great idea and totally makes sense. – Liberals

lorien1973 on December 23, 2009 at 10:57 AM

Actually, no, it does not make sense. Only the South Florida voting bloc was included in this “shazzizle”. The rest of our seniors (north of Cuba) are still at risk.

My folks are Medicare peeps.

Key West Reader on December 23, 2009 at 11:12 AM

Odd timing. It’s a done deal. How about those Death Panels Katie? Where’s the “Obama bald-faced lied America to get this passed”? Where’s the abortion funding magic tricks? Where’s the “WE’RE PAYING FOR THIS SH*T FOR YEARS BEFORE IT KICKS IN?” We know where those stories are Katie. They’re in the circular file, you fraud.

marklmail on December 23, 2009 at 11:13 AM

I think the tide is turning. “Here’s what I gotcha” isn’t going to trump all anymore – Ben Nelson is hopefully going to learn this firsthand in 2012.

Red Cloud on December 23, 2009 at 11:07 AM

It’s one thing to bring back some pork. It’s another thing to rob the federal treasury in the name of the folks back home. Beyond that bad legislation is bad legislation and the people know it by overwhelming numbers. The Dems in the Senate can vote for this bill at their own peril.

I’ve already e-mailed my Dem Senators that they would be held to account for their quisling-like votes on this bill.

highhopes on December 23, 2009 at 11:13 AM

Where is Jindal…National Leader?

wiseprince on December 23, 2009 at 11:15 AM

Smells like freedom! – Bleeds Blue

BadgerHawk on December 23, 2009 at 11:00 AM

Like napalm in the morning, it’s the smell of victory.

If getting earmarks for your home state is a “corruption,” then all 535 of them could be indicted.

Well, maybe not Ron Paul.

Bleeds Blue on December 23, 2009 at 11:16 AM

This whole scam was never about health care. It was always about government control of our lives. The Dems are finding out that Americans are hard to control. I won’t give up my freedom without a fight.

d1carter on December 23, 2009 at 11:17 AM

I’m not so much worried about my 51 year old carcass but I AM worried about my children and the kind of health care they’ll receive. We’ll all get the same care that Indians get on the reservation, which is abysmal.

Mojave Mark on December 23, 2009 at 11:18 AM

The GOP may have porked up Congress for a decade and undermined their credibility by doing so…

Thats why we need Palin.

royzer on December 23, 2009 at 11:18 AM

Where is Jindal…National Leader?

wiseprince on December 23, 2009 at 11:15 AM

Holding fire and keeping his powder dry? Jindal was a potential national leader until the SOTU speech and all the so-called conservatives that attacked him to show just how fair they were to the new President. You all know who you were and you should be ashamed of yourself.

highhopes on December 23, 2009 at 11:18 AM

Time for Katie to get another colonoscopy. She is evidently full of chit.

joedoe on December 23, 2009 at 11:19 AM

Nothing like waiting until the last instant before you report on this CBS. They are passing this bill tomorrow morning.

Mord on December 23, 2009 at 11:11 AM

It’s like watching someone you love die. Like our elders. Under Obamacare. Take the red pill.

I wonder who will stand at the helm of the Panel?
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for LGF peeps, please post this on Charles’ blog. He sure needs the traffic!

Key West Reader on December 23, 2009 at 11:19 AM

If getting earmarks for your home state is a “corruption,” then all 535 of them could be indicted.

Well, maybe not Ron Paul.

Bleeds Blue on December 23, 2009 at 11:16 AM

Take a close look. Classic leftist moral relativism, folks.

Fletch54 on December 23, 2009 at 11:20 AM

The GOP may have porked up Congress for a decade and undermined their credibility by doing so…

Thats why we need Palin.

royzer on December 23, 2009 at 11:18 AM

Palin? Who was in favor of the Bridge to Nowhere before she was against it? Who governed that gets the largest per-capita federal payouts in the nation?

Bleeds Blue on December 23, 2009 at 11:20 AM

I would pay to see Palin kick Couric’s perky butt!

joedoe on December 23, 2009 at 11:22 AM

Well, maybe not Ron Paul.

Bleeds Blue on December 23, 2009 at 11:16 AM

Nope. He’d be indicted too. And I agree. Let’s start the indictments.

lorien1973 on December 23, 2009 at 11:22 AM

Odd timing. It’s a done deal. How about those Death Panels Katie? Where’s the “Obama bald-faced lied America to get this passed”? Where’s the abortion funding magic tricks? Where’s the “WE’RE PAYING FOR THIS SH*T FOR YEARS BEFORE IT KICKS IN?” We know where those stories are Katie. They’re in the circular file, you fraud.

marklmail on December 23, 2009 at 11:13 AM

Some think that Kookouric is exposing a scandal. NO. KooKouric is actually saying that this kind of corruption by the Dems are just “NORMAL”: COMPROMISE ALWAYS HAS SOME POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE IMPLICATIONS. That’s why it’s called compromise. That’s how the Libtards are understanding KooKouric.

In short … stop praising KooKouric, people. SHE’S A DECOY in the media. Just like Nelson.

TheAlamos on December 23, 2009 at 11:22 AM

The problem is that when the Repubs win, we just slow down but never reverse the growth of government and start the path back to restoring the Bill of Rights, and honoring the Oath of Office to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United states against all enemies foreign and domestic. Not “interpret the Constitution as I see fit.”

Amendment X on December 23, 2009 at 11:22 AM

O/T: Home sales plunge 11% in Nov….experts stunned…expected 2% gain. LOSERS!

On topic: EVERYONE can see what this bill is…pork, pork, pork!

SouthernGent on December 23, 2009 at 10:59 AM

That’s new home sales with the dip.

Existing home sales were actually up 7% in Nov which is the hightest level in 3 years.

Don’t believe all the news spin out there.

gatorboy on December 23, 2009 at 11:23 AM

all 535 of them could be indicted.
Bleeds Blue on December 23, 2009 at 11:16 AM

You have finally said something that I can agree with.

VegasRick on December 23, 2009 at 11:23 AM

I don’t care WHO does it, it’s still wrong.

Good post, Ed!

deidre on December 23, 2009 at 11:24 AM

CBS News is just another arm of the Republican party.

- Comrade crr6, Comrade Bleeds Blue, Comrade simplesimon, Comrade Grow Fins

darwin on December 23, 2009 at 11:26 AM

My gal Katie is looking quite bucked and perky. Don’t you want to just give her a hug?

Chomsky Dance Recital on December 23, 2009 at 11:02 AM

Maybe, but only after giving her a spanking.
-_*

TXUS on December 23, 2009 at 11:26 AM

The open corruption and utter lack of bipartisanship makes this an “unfair” piece of legislation. It is the love child of Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and Obama and not the legislative process.

highhopes on December 23, 2009 at 11:05 AM

There is no way past sins of the Republicans come close to this travesty. I wonder why they don’t mention Republicans were never invited to the legislative process on this bill.

fourdeucer on December 23, 2009 at 11:26 AM

If getting earmarks for your home state is a “corruption,” then all 535 of them could be indicted.

Well, maybe not Ron Paul.

Bleeds Blue on December 23, 2009 at 11:16 AM

Comrade, Senator McCain has never taken an earmark.

darwin on December 23, 2009 at 11:27 AM

That’s new home sales with the dip.

Existing home sales were actually up 7% in Nov which is the hightest level in 3 years.

Don’t believe all the news spin out there.

gatorboy on December 23, 2009 at 11:23 AM

Shew! I was worried for a minute there.

SouthernGent on December 23, 2009 at 11:28 AM

I guess we should just consider ourselves lucky that all of the negotiations were broadcast on C-Span as promised.

Chomsky Dance Recital on December 23, 2009 at 11:29 AM

Don’t believe all the news spin out there.

gatorboy on December 23, 2009 at 11:23 AM

Pot meet Kettle. You spin the rise in existing home sales by not mentioning that the greatest factor was the perceived end of the first-time homebuyers program. There was no spontaneous turnaround in the market, just government (i.e. taxpayer’s money) propping up Obama’s failures.

highhopes on December 23, 2009 at 11:29 AM

gatorboy, don’t get too excited about the 7% rise in existing home sales. If they were anything like my home State, California, they were foreclosures and short sales.Don’t forget the First time home buyers bribe of 8000 dollars. If that is a sign of a robust economy we are in even bigger trouble than I thought.

sandee on December 23, 2009 at 11:32 AM

jon1979 on December 23, 2009 at 11:02 AM

+1

cmsinaz on December 23, 2009 at 11:33 AM

Comrade, Senator McCain has never taken an earmark.

darwin on December 23, 2009 at 11:27 AM

So I guess there’s exactly one thing I can like about his senate record.

stvnscott on December 23, 2009 at 11:33 AM

stvnscott on December 23, 2009 at 11:33 AM

Yeah … it’s still remarkable though with the rampant corruption in DC.

darwin on December 23, 2009 at 11:36 AM

Palin? Who was in favor of the Bridge to Nowhere before she was against it? Who governed that gets the largest per-capita federal payouts in the nation?

Bleeds Blue on December 23, 2009 at 11:20 AM
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When did she serve in the Senate and vote on that bill again?

fossten on December 23, 2009 at 11:40 AM

Katie, get your tax returns in order, the IRS will be knocking on your door.

rjoco1 on December 23, 2009 at 11:40 AM

Amazing. CBS calls the Dems out on their corruption. Absolutely amazing.

But what really has my jaw hitting the floor is….that Simpleton isn’t here, defending what CBS is doing, by telling us to go watch Fox, and Friens. LOL

It just goes to show you, trolls pick, and choose their attacks by subject matter. *cough* Palin *cough.

capejasmine on December 23, 2009 at 11:41 AM

gatorboy, don’t get too excited about the 7% rise in existing home sales. If they were anything like my home State, California, they were foreclosures and short sales.Don’t forget the First time home buyers bribe of 8000 dollars. If that is a sign of a robust economy we are in even bigger trouble than I thought.

sandee on December 23, 2009 at 11:32 AM

Also at least here in CT, a bank repo generates a “sale”. So those are counted as sales of existing homes. Some real fuzzy math goes on with home sales numbers every month.

Johnnyreb on December 23, 2009 at 11:44 AM

I am tired of this Florida deal being portrayed as helping ALL seniors in Florida. It doesn’t. Bill Nelson got the special exemption from Medicare Advantage cuts ONLY for seniors in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties. My mom lives in Bay County (the Panhandle) and people there are PISSED about this!

rockmom on December 23, 2009 at 11:44 AM

Well, maybe not Ron Paul.

Bleeds Blue on December 23, 2009 at 11:16 AM

He gets plenty of earmarks. Two guys who don’t, I believe, are McCain and Feingold.

A while back I said that I might vote for Feingold if he held good on his promise to block cap and trade, but I honestly don’t think I can do it. He’s a honest guy (who actually personally responds to letters), but his political philosophy is driving the country off a cliff.

And I find it funny to watch you defend what you know is a piece of crap bill passed in disgusting fashion, simply because you know it will eventually lead towards single payer.

BadgerHawk on December 23, 2009 at 11:48 AM

When CBS Evening News reports on Democratic corruption, we know that the story has gotten legs

Not to mention those guys growing a new pair between the legs.

manwithblackhat on December 23, 2009 at 11:51 AM

How does it feel to a citizen of the “Confederated Flea Market of America”.

rplat on December 23, 2009 at 11:51 AM

Wow. They musta not have gotten their cut.

29Victor on December 23, 2009 at 11:53 AM

When CBS Evening News reports on Democratic corruption, we know that the story has gotten legs.

How ironic that what they’re really showing is their own corruption.

This just proves that the Approved Media haven’t lost their ability to see corruption and report on it. What they have lost is their objectivity and integrity.

They are only reporting on this because the Left has given them permission/marching orders because of the lack of a public option.

29Victor on December 23, 2009 at 11:57 AM

rockmom on December 23, 2009 at 11:44 AM

Tell her not to be pissed hon. Tell her to be proud. At least her vote wasn’t bought off. :) But I do understand. That’s why these special deals need to end, and end NOW!!! If it’s not benefitting every citizen in this country, then it shouldn’t be…and enough is enough!!!!!

capejasmine on December 23, 2009 at 11:59 AM

When did she serve in the Senate and vote on that bill again?

fossten on December 23, 2009 at 11:40 AM

Damn it…Stop putting facts in Blue’s Clueless’ world. It really makes for bad dreams during nap time.

PappaMac on December 23, 2009 at 12:00 PM

Shame: a word used not nearly enough anymore.

LASue on December 23, 2009 at 12:07 PM

Shame: a word used not nearly enough anymore.

LASue on December 23, 2009 at 12:07 PM

Exactly what I was thinking. The reporter finish off with “If you were looking for embarrassment from these Senators, it just wasn’t there.”

Embarrassment requires shame. These welfare queens rid themselves of that long ago.

29Victor on December 23, 2009 at 12:12 PM

I both called and emailed Sen. Nelson D-FL and told him how disgusted I am that he requested and received special privledges for the citizens of Florida. I asked the lady who answered the phone how he justified this perk. Obviously she couldn’t answer and there is no sense in berating her, she didn’t do it.

Cindy Munford on December 23, 2009 at 12:21 PM

Wow! The MSM FINALLY noticing the corruption? It’s got to be REALLY BIG for them to finally see it through their Obama-worshiping blinders.

GarandFan on December 23, 2009 at 12:31 PM

Wow! The MSM FINALLY noticing the corruption? It’s got to be REALLY BIG for them to finally see it through their Obama-worshiping blinders.

GarandFan on December 23, 2009 at 12:31 PM

No. They’re pissed because there’s no public option. The bill isn’t communist enough for them and they are punishing the Democrats.

LibTired on December 23, 2009 at 12:45 PM

Re. the headline that “Blue Dogs” who voted no before are going to flip: Go ahead and do it, you cowardly, power-grabbing bastards. It will make it that much easier to get rid of every one of your sorry asses come 2010.

evergreen on December 23, 2009 at 1:13 PM

Doesn’t matter. Health care is a fait accompli. Once the bureaucratic skeletal system is up, it doesn’t matter what any opposition party does. Ever. After it passes, it will be rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.

spmat on December 23, 2009 at 1:13 PM

Like it or not, and I don’t, its just politics. The stakes are larger, so the corruption has greater consequences.

Labamigo on December 23, 2009 at 1:54 PM

its just politics….
Labamigo on December 23, 2009 at 1:54 PM

Yup!

The kind of “politics” that lead to revolution
in the Banana Republic that the leftists are creating…

“Let’s Roll”

On Watch on December 23, 2009 at 10:30 PM