GOP rep: Obama’s “bipartisan” bill has less substance than … “Jersey Shore”; Confirmed: Obama to endorse reconciliation tomorrow

posted at 6:24 pm on March 2, 2010 by Allahpundit

Actually, he went even further than that. And if you’ve seen this clip, you know just how far he went. Good lord.

There are some insults, my friends, that even the left doesn’t deserve.

U.S. Representative Paul Broun, M.D. (GA-10) released the following statement after President Barack Obama announced his intentions to incorporate only four minor Republican ideas into the 2,000-plus page health care bill:

“I don’t know if we should be insulted or humored at the President’s feeble attempts to incorporate Republican ideas into his latest health care proposal. Snookie, from the Jersey Shore, has more substance than President Obama’s offer.

“Instead of listening to the American people, the President has once again demonstrated his arrogance and ignorance about what the nation expects from its leaders. This is “The Situation,” Mr. President: the American people do not want unconstitutional mandates and job-killing tax increases. They are concerned with the costs of premiums, the quality of their health care and ensuring their children and grandchildren are not left with the bill. If you want to govern with the consent of the governed, you need to scrap this government take-over plan and embrace more of our commonsense solutions that protect the vital patient/doctor relationship and decrease the costs of premiums without adding to the national debt.”

Cantor made the same point today, albeit sans guido flavor. Kudos to Broun for his shameless genius in choosing a metaphor that guaranteed every hack in the Beltway corridor (starting with yours truly) would be writing about his boilerplate press release tonight. Coming soon: Biden ruins the GOP’s attempt to obstruct reconciliation by summarily ruling their amendments out of order and then taunts McCain with, “That’s one shot, kid!”

Ah, who are we kidding? Even Slate knows this show’s getting canceled in the House. Estimated date that it’ll be placed on permanent hiatus: March 20.

Update: You’re in good hands, liberals.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi held an unexpected press conference today, where she acknowledged–unsurprisingly–that the divide between Democrats and Republicans on health care reform is unlikely to be bridged. But, when asked if and how she can cobble together the votes within her own caucus to pass a bill with controversial abortion and immigration language in it, Pelosi had no answers.

Update: I feel like that kid who got knocked out by Ronnie.

The president will outline the plan to pass the bill, including having the House of Representatives pass the Democratic Senate health care reform legislation as well as a second bill containing various “fixes.”

He will say that if Republicans refuse to allow and up or down vote in the Senate on the fixes to the bill, Democrats will use the reconciliation rules.

He will argue these rules are perfectly appropriate because the procedure is not being used for the whole bill, just for some fixes; because reconciliation rules are traditionally used for deficit reduction and health care reform will reduce the deficit; and because the reconciliation process has been used many times by Republicans for larger legislation such as the tax cuts pushed by President George W. Bush.


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What a complete selfish thug we have as a POTUS.

Sapwolf on March 2, 2010 at 9:19 PM

Yep !! Each day lowers the respect I have for him.

That’s the nicest thing I can say.

Texyank on March 2, 2010 at 9:32 PM

ObaMao

… health care reform will reduce the deficit

Is this ObaMao’s (and Jarrett’s) method of making the plan simple to understand for the peons who don’t recognize his excellence?

Quite frankly, that idiotic remark is a lie, demonstrably provable by anyone with basic economic understanding. It is also stupid beyond belief.

onlineanalyst on March 2, 2010 at 9:56 PM

This vindictive little bitch, this Pinnochio is holding jobs, the economy, and the markets hostage to his attempted socialization of 1/6th of the economy and his attempted organization of the healthCare industry and destruction of the insurance industry!

This lyin crapweasal must be stopped in Nov and then rendered harmless until we can impeach his ass or throw him out in 2012.

dhunter on March 2, 2010 at 9:56 PM

This vindictive punk is holding jobs, the economy and the markets hostage to his attempt to socialize 1/6 th of the economy and his attempt to organize and unionize the healthcare industry and destroy private insurabnce companies.

He must be stopped and in Nov., neutered until such time ass he can be impeached or thrown from office in a landslide!

dhunter on March 2, 2010 at 10:00 PM

reconciliation rules are traditionally used for deficit reduction and health care reform will reduce the deficit;

Does any American believe this? W was accused of lying about WMDs, but that was well after we didn’t find them. In this instance, everyone knows this is a bold face lie.

El_Terrible on March 2, 2010 at 10:10 PM

I triple dog dare them to go ahead with reconciliation. The aftermath will be worth the stress leading up to it.

CaveBear on March 2, 2010 at 10:11 PM

Obailout is a national disgrace. He needs 3 years of therapy, not 3 more years as POTUS.

Mojave Mark on March 2, 2010 at 10:31 PM

YAY!

sonnyspats1 on March 2, 2010 at 10:34 PM

So, what Obama meant when he said he “would pivot to JOBS in January” was that he will push for reconciliation to cram healthcare down our throats.

Lately, I encounter Democrat friends who are so disgusted that Obamacare is taking the focus off jobs/economy, they swear they won’t vote for their own party! I’ve known these people a long time, and if they are this unhappy it is going to be huge defeat for house/senate Dems this November.

TN Mom on March 2, 2010 at 10:57 PM

If you feel the need to chew on something get in the corner with the other mutts and lick the hair off of your nuts and chew on the hairball.

thomasaur on March 2, 2010 at 7:49 PM

That didn’t make any sense so I don’t know if I should even be insulted or not, however you’re probably some sister bangin’ trailer-trash so I’m not too worried about it.You are probably as intelligent as you sound.

ntmaloney on March 2, 2010 at 11:00 PM

Question: does anyone know how the GOP prosecutes an unconstitutional vote by the Senate Democrats?

Jaibones on March 2, 2010 at 11:34 PM

The tree is getting closer to needing some refreshment…

jwp1964 on March 3, 2010 at 12:25 AM

Gird your loins…

Skywise on March 3, 2010 at 12:50 AM

I was sitting in a sports bar in Tulsa over Christmas when the democrat party ran on ad on TV saying under the health care bill that one could keep one’s doctor, keep one’s health insurance politcy, and that the bill would reduce the deficit. At which point the bar erupted in jeers and boos and catcalls.

It seems a random group of people in a sports bar has more sense the democrat party, which has the intellectual finesse of freshman college student studying basket weaving.

Dhuka on March 3, 2010 at 1:29 AM

mmmmmmmmmm Snookie

Alden Pyle on March 3, 2010 at 7:50 AM

Snookie

Has anyone asked for her comment on the 8.8 in her ancestral homeland? That’s some serious earthquake.

Dirty Creature on March 3, 2010 at 7:59 AM

“Read My Lips” – George Bush (one term president)

“I Am Not An Ideologue” – Barrack Obama (one term president)

olesparkie on March 3, 2010 at 8:01 AM

You are probably as intelligent as you sound.

ntmaloney on March 2, 2010 at 11:00 PM

Ditto. All of this rancor because you couldn’t ignore a comment you couldn’t answer. People come here to learn, someday you will be able to pass on valuable information on a subject that you are familiar with, we look forward to your help. Thanking you in advance for your consideration and thoughtfulness.

Cindy Munford on March 3, 2010 at 8:11 AM

because reconciliation rules are traditionally used for deficit reduction and health care reform will reduce the deficit

Got to love the formula here. What can’t reconciliation be used for? I’m sure the Democrats will change their minds once they pass their bill and get ousted in November.

gwelf on March 3, 2010 at 8:13 AM

Gird your loins…

Skywise on March 3, 2010 at 12:50 AM

More like bend over…

gwelf on March 3, 2010 at 8:18 AM

More like bend over…

gwelf on March 3, 2010 at 8:18 AM

Oh no…

“Of course you realize… this means war.” – Bugs Bunny

If the pencil-necked dork in office thinks he can ram his socialist utopian vision on the rest of us, he’s got another thing coming.

Skywise on March 3, 2010 at 9:17 AM

Another Democratic Problem on Health Care [Ramesh Ponnuru]

The Democrats don’t need all of their senators to vote for the reconciliation bill to modify their health-care legislation. That means that nine Democratic senators will be able to vote against the bill. Given its unpopularity, I expect several of the senators to do so. But their no votes have the potential to put some House Democrats in a bind. If Senator Webb of Virginia votes against the bill, for example, doesn’t that increase the pain of a yes vote for the three vulnerable House Democrats from that state? And the same logic applies to several other states.

Interesting bit from NRO. If Harry lets some Dem senators vote no to try to save the seats, shouldn’t the Dem House members from those same states also vote “no”?

Nancy could end up telling House member to take one for the team at the same time the senator from the same state doesn’t have to commit political suicide.

Wethal on March 3, 2010 at 9:58 AM

I started the morning writing three senators and one representative. I think it’s time to start cranking up the attention.

Cindy Munford on March 3, 2010 at 10:12 AM

Hey, all you unemployed people – how’s that jobs pivot working out for ya?

I’ll say it again: I’ve been predicting they’ll push this through no matter what, and even though I’ve been hoping to be proved wrong…

A government takeover of health care is a necessary step for bankrupting the USA, crashing the system and having the necessary power when it comes time to rebuild it as Marxism/Communism.

That’s also why jobs are a no-priority. Gotta keep the people bitter and angry. It’s all part of the plan.

Daggett on March 3, 2010 at 10:43 AM

Does any American believe this? W was accused of lying about WMDs, but that was well after we didn’t find them. In this instance, everyone knows this is a bold face lie.

El_Terrible on March 2, 2010 at 10:10 PM

Well, since Bush left office, somehow another interesting renaming has taken place, now apparently just regular bombs are called weapons of mass destruction.

“23-year-old Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Detroit-bound Christmas Day bomber who has been indicted on six criminal counts including attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction and attempted murder of 289 people.”

I’ve seen this rephrasing everywhere, and to think during Bush’s term he was flayed for the lack of WMD found in Iraq. If liberals were using this definition now, then Iraq was swimming in WMDs.

Heralder on March 3, 2010 at 10:59 AM

Bring it, Obama!

To the barricades, people!

PattyJ on March 3, 2010 at 11:15 AM

True, but it flies in the face of Federalism and states’ rights.

johnsteele on March 2, 2010 at 6:53 PM

The constitution gives the federal govt the authority to regulate interstate trade. Having states ban out of state sales is what this clause was meant to deal with.

MarkTheGreat on March 3, 2010 at 11:25 AM

MarkTheGreat on March 3, 2010 at 11:25 AM

Under the old Articles of Confederation, the states were also levying import duties on goods from another state.

Wethal on March 3, 2010 at 11:28 AM

Requiring citizens to buy insurance from an instate firm makes as much sense as requiring citizens to buy cars from an instate firm.

MarkTheGreat on March 3, 2010 at 11:29 AM

Under the old Articles of Confederation, the states were also levying import duties on goods from another state.

Wethal on March 3, 2010 at 11:28 AM

From my understanding of the history, such inter-state trade wars was the main reason why the writers of the constitution put this clause into the constitution. And it was the only reason.

MarkTheGreat on March 3, 2010 at 11:30 AM

Does anyone else feel a little like Obama is insane? I mean, really, lower the deficit?? And jobs will appear from the heavens.

SWChance on March 3, 2010 at 11:33 AM

If the pencil-necked dork in office thinks he can ram his socialist utopian vision on the rest of us, he’s got another thing coming.

Skywise on March 3, 2010 at 9:17 AM

No, he doesn’t. He’s had the power to ignore the rules all along, and has in fact ignored many of them. He will get this rammed through and he doesn’t care about the fallout.

On that note, the fallout will be exactly this….the RISK of losing ONE house in congress TEMPORARILY. Even if he loses the presidency, it won’t matter. The republicans will NOT roll back the worst (if any) provisions of this so-called legislation. The USSC will uphold it (remember Kelo?). He knows that once he gets it through, it’s a done deal.

We might just as well resign ourselves to it, as we also don’t have the stones to “revolt”. Ain’t gonna happen.

runawayyyy on March 3, 2010 at 11:39 AM

the prices they pay to live in ALRIGHT apartments is absurd

blatantblue on March 2, 2010 at 7:54 PM

For that you can blame rent control.

MarkTheGreat on March 3, 2010 at 11:46 AM

We need more reasons to post photos of JWow.

hawksruleva on March 3, 2010 at 12:24 PM

From my understanding of the history, such inter-state trade wars was the main reason why the writers of the constitution put this clause into the constitution. And it was the only reason.

MarkTheGreat on March 3, 2010 at 11:30 AM

I’m reading a good book on the period after Yorktown. Morris had a devil of a time getting Congress and the states to raise money to pay for stuff. The wanted to just spend and spend, but never raise the money. The US was at serious risk of being financially insolvent, which would have seriously hampered our validity in the eyes of foreign nations.

Look how far we’ve come since then…

hawksruleva on March 3, 2010 at 12:26 PM

ObaMao is incapable of the truth. He has always said reconciliation was never going to be an option on something of this magnitude that would effect the country. When the president is a habitual liar, who in his party can be trusted?

volsense on March 3, 2010 at 1:25 PM

We might just as well resign ourselves to it, as we also don’t have the stones to “revolt”. Ain’t gonna happen.

runawayyyy on March 3, 2010 at 11:39 AM

Oh yes it will. In about 15 minutes Obama’s going to cross a line. If he manages to get the Dems to pass this piece of drek using reconciliation and without Republican votes, the Dems are going to cross a line.

Prohibition at least had a majority of voters to become an amendment and we see how well that turned out.

This piece of drek steals my constitutional rights on strictly partisan lines.

This is a coup.

Skywise on March 3, 2010 at 1:29 PM

If they can pass this crap sandwich through reconciliation, they can pass anything using the same method, including crap and tax.

Dhuka on March 3, 2010 at 3:24 PM

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