Senate+Votes+Economic+Stimulus+Package+DT96oDO5SZWlRemember when Ted Stevens described the internet as “a series of tubes”? Max Baucus has upped the ante:

The encounter in the video took place last week after Baucus spoke at a preventive care conference in Bozeman, Montana. According to the New York Times, Baucus described the protesters as “agitators, whose sole goal was to intimidate, disrupt and not let any meaningful conversation go on.”

There were a couple of people in the crowd “with YouTubes,” Mr. Baucus added (meaning cameras), and he posited that the agitators were paid and probably from out of state.

Some YouTuber footage after the jump.

And, because it never gets old:

Teabaggers Armed With “YouTubes” Confront Max Baucus [TPM]

Baucus claims he’s from a “sixth generation Montana ranching family.” So that means his great, great etc grandparents stole the land for the family ranch from the Lakota?

In his defense, Baucus was probably just confused by all those other youtubes Republicans have been caught flaunting in public places in the last few years.

These fucking teabaggers spent the last 8 years happily dozing as G. W. Bush doubled the national debt on wars and tax breaks and a prescription drug benefit for seniors that specifically forbade the government for negotiating lower drug prices. Now they want us to believe that they are upset by “reckless spending?” Gimmie a fucking break. The spending that’s going on now is meant to avert an economic catastrophe brought about by the policies of their hero George W. Bush. Indeed, most economists agree that, if anything, there’s too little of it.

And as for the whole health reform effort, it’s the Democrats who dropped the ball on this one. They let their guard down. They believed all the bullshit airy fairy talk about how the GOP was dead, but didn’t realize that the GOP is not the enemy. The GOP is just on head of a many headed hydra that is moneyed interests. These powerful companies and individuals have the financial resources to mobilize an army of nutcases, just as they have done.

As I see it, the only way meaningful health reform gets passed is if the Dems grow a little spine and force a robust public option into the budget reconciliation process and pass it with 51%.

The Democratic rank & file showed a tremendous amount of courage when they eschewed a safe choice like Edwards or Biden and decided to push the nation along the path of racial progress by nominating a black guy for president. And the gamble paid off. Now it’s time for the legislature to show the same courage. An opportunity like this one might not be around again for a decade.

@Serolf Divad: They let their guard down.

Which was barely excusable in January/February, and now reveals signs of dementia. It’s not like Republicans have been hiding their Just Say No strategy.

pass it with 51%

I’m on the verge of revisiting the Nuclear Option — killing filibusters. I know it cuts both ways, but if elections have consequences, let’s have them. That’ll keep everyone on their toes.

Well, we wondered how the Democrats were going to blow it this time. Now we know.

“After the 2008 election, Democrats moved to the right, and Republicans moved into the mental hospital.”

-Bill Maher

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