The serious business of making laws:
Under reconciliation, Democrats must adhere to the “Byrd rule,” named for the senator, which dictates that every provision in a reconciliation bill must be directly related to the underlying budget. In a series of closed-door sessions known as “Byrd baths,” [Senate Parliamentarian Alan] Frumin will consider which provisions can stay and which must go. (Those struck are known, in Senate parlance, as “Byrd droppings.”) — NYTimes
This is the fate of the health care bill we’re talking about here. Nice to see how our leaders – you know, the 535 members of Congress whose health care we pay for, and whose coverage is as thorough as the average race horse of astronaut‘s– go about handling its future, on which our lives depend. Rest easy, we’re in good hands. These are men of courage, wisdom, and gravitas, like Republican-turned-Democrat Rep. Eric Massa of NY [via]:
Representative Eric J. Massa…. accused of sexually harassing a male aide, charged in a radio interview over the weekend that Democratic Party leaders were behind an effort to drive him out of office and that the White House chief of staff was the “son of the devil’s spawn.”
The married Rep. Massa maintains that the reason he’s being forced to resign isn’t because he was caught grabbing some boy’s crotch, but because he’s against the health care bill. Tough break: he isn’t a minority, female, disabled, or obese, so he can’t play a discrimination card.
“Mine is now the deciding vote on the health care bill,” he said, “and this administration and this House leadership have said, quote-unquote, they will stop at nothing to pass this health care bill, and now they’ve gotten rid of me and it will pass. You connect the dots.”
Y’know, whenever I hear the expression “connect the dots,” I very politically incorrectly think of the gigantic Union Carbide explosion in Bhopal that melted and killed 15,000 people. Anyway. Massa said he was “intimidated” by Presidential Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, who confronted him in a shower.
“I am sitting there showering, naked as a jaybird, and here comes Rahm Emanuel, not even with a towel,” Mr. Massa said, adding that Mr. Emanuel poked “his finger in my chest, yelling at me at me because I wasn’t going to vote for the president’s budget. You know how awkward it is to have a political argument with a naked man?”
Um, no, Congressman, actually, I don’t know that. I can’t see where it would matter much, either: maybe there’s something about Rahm Emanuel you aren’t telling us? Maybe his schlong fires photon torpedoes? Or are you just a shrinking violet, perhaps, insecure in his own skin, as they say?
Nice to know this is the courageous leadership we have leading the war on terrorism, defending our rights, standing up to special interests, tough on crime, etc. A guy who shrivels in the shower, whines to the media, and quits his job.
“Byrd droppings” my bony bumpy ass. More like bull droppings. Or fish droppings. Or grasshopper droppings. Good riddance, bitch. And leave the towels – we paid for them, too.