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Mass Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 01:37 PM
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Health debate hurt by Kennedy's absence !!!
It seems to be the latest meme among Republicans. If they cannot accept reasonable solutions about healthcare, it is because Senator Kennedy is not in DC leading the debate. His fault, I guess.

I guess this is supposed to show respect for him, but basically, it is insane. It put the weight of the debate on an old sick man and they try to release themselves of their responsibility. Sorry, but as much as I like my senior senator, he cannot be an excuse for the GOP for doing nothing. And this is basically what two GOP senators have said this morning: all would be fine if Kennedy was leading the negotiations/

McCain on ABC
http://www.wbz.com/-Health-debate-hurt-by-Kennedy-s-abs...

Arizona Republican Senator John McCain is noting the absence of Massachusetts Democratic Senator Edward Kennedy in the ongoing health care debate. McCain, on Sunday, said Kennedy is a master negotiator, and not having him in Washington has made a "huge, huge difference" in prospects for getting legislation passed. Kennedy remains sidelined as he continues to battle brain cancer.



And Hatch on NBC

http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2009/08/mccain-defen...

Hatch: Ted Kennedy Would Have Worked With Me On Health Care
Also on Meet The Press, Sen. Orrin Hatch was asked what the impact of Sen. Ted Kennedy's (D-MA) absence has been on the health care negotiations. "Well, Senator Kennedy would--first thing he would have done would, would have been call me and say, 'Let's work this out,'" Hatch responded. "And we would have worked it out so that the best of both worlds would, would work."



They may not be the only ones, but they are the ones I saw.
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dkf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 01:48 PM
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1. Karen Finerman on CNBCs fast money made the ghoulish prediction that if
something happens to Sen. Kennedy that the bill would pass.

It made my stomach sink. I was really hoping he would recover but I fear he is not doing well. :(
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MarjorieG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 01:54 PM
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2. Too selfish to give tribute vote, one for the gipper. His buddy Hatch, never. Money rules.
Edited on Sun Aug-23-09 01:58 PM by MarjorieG
Frustrating to listen to Grassley say the co-op would pass, when in another minute he'll say he might not vote for something he worked on. Blowing smoke, along with Kyl.
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malletgirl02 Donating Member (938 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 01:55 PM
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3. Question for Orrin Hatch
If you say Kennedy would have worked with you on health care, than why didn't you work with him on health care reform when he was able to attend Senate sessions? The Republicans are so dishonest.
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Jennicut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 02:18 PM
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4. Funny, they never liked old Teddy back in the day
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CakeGrrl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 02:26 PM
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5. Screw these idiots. If they wanted to do it right, they COULD.
Fuck 'em for using Ted as some excuse for their stonewalling.
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