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jenmito Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 12:21 PM
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What is WRONG with Sen. Baucus?
He's speaking now, taking questions about HIS bill, and he's answering them while smiling almost uncontrollably while looking clueless. Even though NONE of the Repubs. in HIS "gang of 6" signed on to the bill, he's SURE Repubs. will support it.

Meanwhile, I'm betting the WH sees this as license to go ahead with things NOT in Baucus's plan, including a public option. They'll say that they gave the "gang of 6" all the time in the world to try and they couldn't even come up with an agreement, even WITHOUT a public option. The WH gave Baucus all the rope he needed and now that he used it to kill the idea of bipartisanship, it's "go time" to get a bill the majority wants.
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Oregone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 12:24 PM
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1. He is so superior to Dennis Kucinich
Edited on Wed Sep-16-09 12:24 PM by Oregone
See:
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

I bet Dennis sleeps on a commie flag comforter. Lets not even talk about the Baucus bill! Lets trash Kucinich the evil Single-Payer baby killer.
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Jennicut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 12:29 PM
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7. I am personally not fond of either. Not everyone is automatically a supporter of one or the other.
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Oregone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 12:33 PM
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11. Ah, but that seems to be the meme these days
Regardless, he most certainly makes an excellent distraction!
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Hutzpa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 12:55 PM
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15. wow
a reverse psychological move by you, that ain't right.
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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 01:20 PM
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20. No one is saying he's "superior" to dennis but you.
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dionysus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 02:21 PM
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21. name ONE person on DU that has said that. man that's a weak-ass strawman attempt...
:eyes:
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Janice325 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 12:25 PM
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2. I thought he looked really nervous when he was speaking about the bill.
He was stammering and stuttering all over the place.
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RepublicanElephant Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 12:27 PM
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5. maybe cigna called and wanted their 30 pieces of silver back. nt
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jenmito Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 12:54 PM
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14. That's how I took it, too. n/t
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SpartanDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 02:45 PM
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22. I'd probably be nervous too if I had to try to defend this in public
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DevonRex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 12:26 PM
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3. There must be blackmail involved for him to embarrass himself this way.
It's not just a money thing. There are always other people who will give you money to change your stance. So, it must be blackmail.
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Hutzpa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 12:56 PM
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17. You could be on to something
'State Of Play'


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Mass Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 12:27 PM
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4. He got what he wanted. Gain some time before a bill comes to the Senate floor.
His corporate sponsors must be happy.
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jenmito Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 12:56 PM
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16. What HE wants and what the majority of Dems. in Congress want are
most likely two different things.
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FSogol Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 12:28 PM
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6. His Problem: He's not a United States Senator, he's a United Healthcare Senator. n/t
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Hepburn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 01:13 PM
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19. +1...n/t
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Jennicut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 12:30 PM
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8. Baucus is practically an employee of the insurance industry
Just throw some money his way and watch...
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SIMPLYB1980 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 12:32 PM
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9. Just doing his part. The public option will come.
Edited on Wed Sep-16-09 12:33 PM by SIMPLYB1980
Had to make things look as non-partisan as possible, before we do it on our own. Obama is quite a chess master. This panel was the republicans last chance they blew it or will after the vote and we can move on with something more like H.R. 3200.
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jenmito Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 12:59 PM
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18. I agree with your post but I think Baucus was an unwitting participant, truly
believing he WOULD get Repubs. on board. Obama has known for a LONG time now that the Repubs. weren't interested in a deal.
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OwnedByFerrets Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 12:33 PM
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10. Nothing wrong with his bank account. Bankrolled by his corporate masters.
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bullwinkle428 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 12:42 PM
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12. Be patient...he's just waiting for those checks to clear from his insurance puppeteers!
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Spazito Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 12:49 PM
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13. He is simply providing the product the insurance companies paid for....
they own him lock, stock and barrel, imo.
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