GOP to Dems: Will you join us in voting to ban Viagra for sex offenders?

posted at 10:15 pm on March 23, 2010 by Allahpundit

I thought for sure Biden’s outburst would be the funniest O-Care story of the day, just like I also thought Tom Coburn couldn’t possibly out-awesome last week’s warning to House Democrats that every filthy ObamaCare deal they made would be held up for public scrutiny.

Wrong on both counts.

The idea is that by securing even a slight adjustment in the language, the Senate will have to send the bill back to the House of Representatives for reconsideration. Drawing out the process makes it more likely for it to be tripped up.

On Tuesday, the GOP put its strategy into action, with Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okl.) introducing an amendment beyond agreeable. Titled “No Erectile Dysfunction Drugs To Sex Offenders” it would literally prohibit convicted child molesters, rapists, and sex offenders from getting erectile dysfunction medication from their health care providers.

While it will undoubtedly be difficult for Democrats to vote against the measure (one can conjure up the campaign ads already), the party plans to do just that.

“Democrats in the Senate are very unified that this is not going back to the House,” Sen. Wyden (D-Ore.) told the Huffington Post on Tuesday, minutes before the Coburn amendment was introduced.

Everyone get the joke here? If the Dems amend the reconciliation bill for any reason, they have to send it back to the House for yet another vote. So anything the GOP proposes — anything — they’re basically bound to vote no on. And Coburn knows it. One tasty shinola sandwich, coming up! Although I’m confused: If, as the left has convinced itself, ObamaCare is pure win for them politically (see, e.g., today’s ridiculously overhyped Gallup poll), what’s the aversion to another House vote? In fact, why not ping-pong the bill back and forth between the chambers for another month, loading it up with ever more crowd-pleasing amendments? It’s time to own the glorious political victory that looms in November, liberals.

Another possible amendment, according to HuffPo: A GOP proposal for a public option, knowing that Senate Dems will be sorely, sorely tempted. They wouldn’t dare — would they? Exit question: How long after they vote on the Viagra amendment before we see a YouTube ad asking, “Why does Harry Reid want to give rapists erections”? Over/under is two days.


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When the time comes for Sarah Palin to choose a running mate, she could do a lot worse than Tom Coburn.

Mr. Wednesday Night on March 24, 2010 at 1:37 AM

I’ve been depressed by this whole ObowmaCare thingy…

… tonight I mainly just sat back and read.

Thanks Hot Air girls…

… I love all!

Seven Percent Solution on March 24, 2010 at 1:39 AM

Coburn is a new hero in my book.

I hope the Party is looking at this as an opportunity to crate local themed ads by forcing Dem Senators to vote against amendments that would be highly beneficial to their home state.

Senator X voted against our state’s education system.
Senator X voted against keeping the state’s retirement homes open.
Senator X voted against the State College football team.

This is a beautiful political opportunity to say “dance monkey dance”.

Jason Coleman on March 24, 2010 at 1:41 AM

thanks AP, I needed a laugh

Mallard T. Drake on March 24, 2010 at 2:15 AM

Normally not for games-playing in DC, but hey, the Dems started it. What a delicious strategy, getting the Dems on record on all kinds of vapid, obnoxious and downright ludicrous issues.

Hope the Republicans run the gamut, from the sublime to the ridiculous, for as long as they can. After last weekend, we deserve some “turnabout is fair play” entertainment.

Meredith on March 24, 2010 at 3:25 AM

Everyone needs to think up some ideas that will make the dems look like heartless, selfish creeps if they vote ‘no’ against them and then send those ideas to your representatives to add as amendments.

brendy on March 24, 2010 at 3:53 AM

…and these are the adults?

chumpThreads

So asks the whiny nanny-stater with no self-respect who refuses to grow up and wants government to take care of him forever.

xblade on March 24, 2010 at 4:19 AM

our little country is very hard to take seriously anymore
happyfeet on March 23, 2010 at 10:19 PM

emphasis mine.

anikol on March 24, 2010 at 5:01 AM

heh.

rob verdi on March 24, 2010 at 5:53 AM

And the oh so appropos video clip that goes along with this thread. In 18 seconds it shows what the Donkeys are doing to this country. NSFW

ted c on March 24, 2010 at 6:25 AM

jdfister on March 23, 2010 at 10:35 PM

This is neither Dunkirk nor Sicily, nor even N. Africa.

This is Stalingrad.

The enemy loses sight of the objective to take a landmark.

The snipers move into the ruined city to stop the thrust, extract an ongoing toll and allow other forces to cut off the enemy, plus prepare a counter-attack for a response that will come.

Tom Coburn is a sniper.

More snipers are needed in both Chambers.

Amend bills ad nauseum. Have each and every bill read-out, completely, including the budget. Stop up, bottle up, reduce the enemy ranks, demonstrate courage and fortitude and watch the enemy relentlessly send people into the killing zone you have made of their ever so desireable landmark. Never let them remember that they have forgot the objective. When they remember, strike back against their weakened lines.

This is Stalingrad.

Kursk is coming.

More snipers, please.

ajacksonian on March 24, 2010 at 6:29 AM

ajacksonian on March 24, 2010 at 6:29 AM

+.762 match

ted c on March 24, 2010 at 6:47 AM

I thought there were going to be dozens of proposed amendments equally as unpaletable as this…..so far, I’ve seen ONE. The GOP died not with a bang, but a whimper.

olesparkie on March 24, 2010 at 7:13 AM

so far, I’ve seen ONE.

there is another to force BO and all congressional staff to be part of the healthcare system they are forcing on us.

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/blogs/beltway-confidential/GOP-wants-Obama-to-enroll-in-Obamacare-88978367.html

evie on March 24, 2010 at 7:29 AM

The Donks’ big problem
Is reconciliation…
They have made their bed…

Haiku Guy on March 24, 2010 at 7:47 AM

I want to see an amendment mandating congress, their staff and Obama’s participation in Obamacare.

ctmom on March 24, 2010 at 7:59 AM

ctmom on March 24, 2010 at 7:59 AM

grassley is working on it, but i doubt harry reid will let it see the light of day

cmsinaz on March 24, 2010 at 8:01 AM

The GOP died not with a bang, but a whimper.olesparkie on March 24, 2010 at 7:13 AM

Keep hoping there, sport.

Sporty1946 on March 24, 2010 at 8:10 AM

This is a beautiful political opportunity to say “dance monkey dance”.

Jason Coleman on March 24, 2010 at 1:41 AM

They’ve already called out Stupak for getting 3 airports in his district that serve a combined 20,000 people a year grants totalling $750,000+

http://www.nrcc.org/codered/dealwatch/?p=52

uknowmorethanme on March 24, 2010 at 8:11 AM

Please put me down for “UNDER”.

Sinner on March 24, 2010 at 8:19 AM

That is the funniest thing I have read all week…priceless.

scalleywag on March 24, 2010 at 8:24 AM

Everyone get the joke here? If the Dems amend the reconciliation bill for any reason, they have to send it back to the House for yet another vote. So anything the GOP proposes — anything — they’re basically bound to vote no on. And Coburn knows it.

It might be time to start donating to the NRSC.

chunderroad on March 24, 2010 at 8:32 AM

Tom Coburn is a sniper.

More snipers are needed in both Chambers.

Tom Coburn needs an awesome nickname like Tom “Bonesaw” Coburn.

chunderroad on March 24, 2010 at 8:34 AM

Monument to Bill Clinton
Holger on March 23, 2010 at 10:54 PM

Woman in a blue dress smoking a cigar?

Badger40 on March 24, 2010 at 8:42 AM

They’ve already called out Stupak for getting 3 airports in his district that serve a combined 20,000 people a year grants totalling $750,000+

uknowmorethanme on March 24, 2010 at 8:11 AM

That reminds me: in the small town of Mott, which has no more than 1000 people in it, there is an airport.
We received Homeland Security $$ a while back to update the runway in order to receive a much larger plane than ever comes here as well as a brand new 4-wheel assist tractor.
My husband’s cousin, a farmer/crop duster pilot said they didn’t want the new tractor, but were forced to buy it.
We already had a tractor that worked fine.
Isn’t it amazing how much fed $$ goes to total waste?

Badger40 on March 24, 2010 at 8:45 AM

One heaping helping serving of some EVIL, if delectable pie…. I LOVE IT!

This plan from the Senate Republicans is absolutely Brilliant. it’s simple, efficient. And how many people want to be blasted as being pro-child rapist, especially when the question at hand is something like this.

The best part is… you KNOW that some liberal idiot will come out and say something stupid to fight against this. Say for example, NAMBLA or the “Not so Safe” School Czar…

Razgriez on March 24, 2010 at 9:56 AM

Another possible amendment, according to HuffPo: A GOP proposal for a public option, knowing that Senate Dems will be sorely, sorely tempted.

That’s a little too cute, and could bite the GOP on the butt. “Even Sen. X voted in favor of a public option!”

hawksruleva on March 24, 2010 at 10:04 AM

It might be time to start donating to the NRSC.

chunderroad on March 24, 2010 at 8:32 AM

Nah- they’ll just give it to someone like Arlen SPECTRE or Charlie Crist.

Give yer money straight to Coburn or whomever Senator you like.

hawksruleva on March 24, 2010 at 10:06 AM

does this thread need the humpbot?

kringeesmom on March 24, 2010 at 10:16 AM

does this thread need the humpbot?

kringeesmom on March 24, 2010 at 10:16 AM

Thinking about it… I’d say YES! Who’d have guessed, that 3 days latter, we’d find this diamond in the rough, charred black political landscape!

Allahpundit, WE DEMAND IT!!!!

Razgriez on March 24, 2010 at 10:22 AM

Resolve to prohibit nuc waste in Reid’s salt caverns.

trl on March 24, 2010 at 10:39 AM

Tom Coburn needs an awesome nickname like Tom “Bonesaw” Coburn.

chunderroad on March 24, 2010 at 8:34 AM

I like “Oneshot” myself. Or some of you will get this one “White Feather” :D

Mini-14 on March 24, 2010 at 10:49 AM

I like “Oneshot” myself. Or some of you will get this one “White Feather” :D

Mini-14 on March 24, 2010 at 10:49 AM

Oneshot or maybe Tom “Headshot” Coburn?

Darksean on March 24, 2010 at 11:12 AM

“Headshot” I like it! BOOM! Headshot! Hey, there’s no respawn in real life,what’s up with that?

Mini-14 on March 24, 2010 at 11:19 AM

One tasty shinola sandwich, coming up! Although I’m confused: If, as the left has convinced itself, ObamaCare is pure win for them politically (see, e.g., today’s ridiculously overhyped Gallup poll), what’s the aversion to another House vote? In fact, why not ping-pong the bill back and forth between the chambers for another month, loading it up with ever more crowd-pleasing amendments? It’s time to own the glorious political victory that looms in November, liberals.

dude, i totally agree. Make this crap sandwich taste oh so nice, all the way down.

Choke on it Nancy, it’s coming your way. Maybe some Texas Pete’s?

ted c on March 24, 2010 at 11:19 AM

Sounds like this will be pretty hard to swallow. Unless you’re Barney Frank.

TheUnrepentantGeek on March 24, 2010 at 11:35 AM

THAT IS FANTASTIC! I can see the smiles on some Republicans faces! Good job ladies and gentlemen!

Eyvonne on March 24, 2010 at 11:39 AM

It brought a smile to my face and the faces of my co-workers too. You see we are all prosecutors. I love this.

skatz51 on March 24, 2010 at 11:48 AM

How about introducing an ammendment that forces insurance companies to announce premium rate hikes 60-90 days in advance?

sleepy-beans on March 24, 2010 at 11:53 AM

I think Coburn suggested this just to get a rise out of the dems.

//ba-dum-bum//

vcferlita on March 24, 2010 at 12:14 PM

Another possible amendment, according to HuffPo: A GOP proposal for a public option, knowing that Senate Dems will be sorely, sorely tempted.
That’s a little too cute, and could bite the GOP on the butt. “Even Sen. X voted in favor of a public option!”

hawksruleva on March 24, 2010 at 10:04 AM

-I gotta agree.

Here’s what I understand is now in the Reconciliation Bill (this is from a House Summary):

Would (1) reduce the growth rate of the Part D spending threshold for catastrophic benefits between 2014 and 2019, providing additional benefits for seniors with high drug costs; (2) add a transitional phase up period for the coding intensity adjustment for Medicare Advantage plans; (3) strike a provision that would have deposited funds collected from Medicare Advantage plans for failing to meet the medical loss ratio into the CMS Program Management Account; (4) insert a new section 1108 that accelerates phase-in of Medicare physician practice expense adjustment for areas with below average practice expense payment rates. In 2010, national blend would be increased from ¼ to ½. Inserts a new Section 1109 that provides an additional payment under the Medicare inpatient prospective payment systems to hospitals located in counties in the bottom quartile of counties as ranked by risk adjusted spending per Medicare enrollee; (5) clarify the timing for the election period for territories to choose to establish Exchanges; (6) clarify new requirements for community mental health centers to be eligible to participate in the Medicare partial hospitalization benefit; (7) strike section 1303 of the legislation (CMS-IRS Data Match to Identify Fraudulent Providers); (8) delete a provision providing for transfers of amounts collected from the supplementary medical insurance trust fund; (9) modify the pharmaceutical industry annual fee schedule; (10) modify the excise tax on importers and manufacturers of medical devices by lowering the rate to 2.3 percent and by eliminating the exclusion for Class I medical devices (except if such devices are of a type which is purchased by the general public at retail and for individual use.); (11) strike section 1411 of the legislation (No Impact on Social Security Trust Funds); (12) amend section 1501 to incorporate the funds into the Trade Act and strikes the provision in section 1501 that expands the focus of programs to individuals eligible for unemployment insurance; (13) move the $13.5 billion in additional Pell funding for fiscal year 2011 into section 401 of the Higher Education Act; (14) strike section 2102 of the legislation (Student Financial Assistance); (15) strike section 2213 of the legislation (Agreements with State-Owned Banks).

Do you think the GOP is going to want to increase the deficit; not combat waste and fraud; and not fund student assistance?

Jimbo3 on March 24, 2010 at 12:31 PM

The Repub’s will be introducing literally 100′s of amendments, I can see voting NO on many of them will be embarrassing to the Dems. I can’t wait.

Dasher on March 24, 2010 at 12:42 PM

As to when the ad will be on U-tube? My prediction is that the ad is already made and will hit the intertubes within half an hour.

TimothyJ on March 24, 2010 at 12:43 PM

The GOP really would be better off not proposing any amendments.

Let it ride.

AnninCA on March 24, 2010 at 1:02 PM

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703580904575132111888664060.html?mod=WSJ_hpp_sections_opinion

I think the GOP should add a “Do Not Disclose” Amendment.

journeyintothewhirlwind on March 24, 2010 at 1:07 PM

GOP should propose an amendment to provide coverage for children with pre-existing conditions. LOL!

ctmom on March 24, 2010 at 1:41 PM

You just got to love it in general…

Will it do anything to stop it? Well no

But it does bloody the Dems….It’s just so fun and hilarious to watch. You know the dems want to change it so they can’t give the Republicans what they want, but if you vote for the ammendment, then that’s what the Republican’s want, and it breaks the promises the Senate Dems, and Reid, made to Obowma, Queen Pelosi, and the House Dems.

Essentially the scene is this

Republicans: “So do our “esteemed” colleagues want this amendment to not pass, leaving this loop hole open for child rapist predators to…”

Dems: NO! We’re passing this bill! Even if it’s political Suicide, just to save Obama’s presidential legacy! OBAMA AKBAR! *Click*”

Republicans: “Ok! *GLEE* On to our next ammendment…”

Dems: *Whimper*

Razgriez on March 24, 2010 at 2:02 PM

Jimbo, yet again, and oh so predictably, misses the point.

runawayyyy on March 24, 2010 at 3:32 PM

Times like this make me proud to be a Republican. Eat it Hippy!

I give it 12 minutes before and attack hits the web, 15 for tv.

Rob Taylor on March 24, 2010 at 4:21 PM

My God, this is de-lish! I might even donate to the GOP…

karl9000 on March 24, 2010 at 4:41 PM

or a line item to add extra overproductive testicular glands in white guys so they can be the muscular, sex driven, and drug snorting atheletes they’d like to be?

johnnyU on March 24, 2010 at 6:30 PM

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