Senate Cagematch!


I’m streaming it in the background while I plug away at meaningless work (shhh, don’t tell the IT staff) and it’s great. Go Bernie…go Bernie…don’t hurt ’em…it’s your birthday!

Saw Bernie’s previous tirade on the tax cuts this week and it was brilliant. I love that little socialist.

@Mistress Cynica: It’s also cute that he says ‘uge like a Cockney ragamuffin.

He’s on hour 5. I have him on CSpan on the web.

@Dodgerblue: Is he acutally doing it? I thought you could just wave your hands and go “ooga-booga-fillabuster” nowadays and skip the actual speechifying.

@Tommmcatt is with Karin Marie on This One: Yep. He’s at the podium talking in full voice, no hoarseness.

@Tommmcatt is with Karin Marie on This One: Not reading the phone book either (at least not yet)–he’s actually speaking very eloquently about the bill and how it exemplifies everything that’s wrong with this country’s priorities.

@Benedick: He’s moved on to NAFTA. This guy can really connect the dots. Could you talk intelligently for 5 hours? I couldn’t.

@Dodgerblue: I can’t talk for 5 hours period.

“I am a nut on China.” This is the first thing I heard when I turned on the TV.

Also, there is no way I could speak for more than 20 minutes on this topic without every other word becoming “fuck”, “fucker”, “motherfucker”, “shitstain”, and/or “assrape”. God bless him for keeping it civil.

@TJ/ Jamie Sommers /TJ: He’s in his 6th hour. Could he please be my Senator?

@Dodgerblue: No. He must go where the need is greatest. He’s coming with me.

@TJ/ Jamie Sommers /TJ: He needs to pull out butthurt and I’m dissapoint.

@JNOV: /smacks head. I do like the most of an upside down pentagram on her hat. Very metal.

Judas Priest, Breakin’ the Law

Priest is retiring after their next tour, btw.

TOO BIG TO BAIL! Not a Freudian slip.

@redmanlaw: She wants to get to know you betterrrrr…

I can’t do much more than 8 or 9 hours off the top of my head. After that I need notes.

Drinking water: pussy.

@Benedick: Ha! Phyllis thinks you talk too much. ;-)

@redmanlaw: Priest needs to fucking retire. Surprised they haven’t had last rites yet. ;-P

@JNOV: I am through with Phyllis. I can’t date anyone who doesn’t know who Adrian was.

He’s talking about breaking up banks. If the studios were too big to be allowed to continue why should the banks not be treated the same?

@Benedick: I sense that you’re backsliding in your straight ways. I’m going to send over Kevin from the nearby evangelical church–he’s going to be your accountability and prayer partner.

@Benedick: Well, now that you’re recently single, who’s on your dance card?

Wait. What? I thought Rocky lost in the first movie.

@JNOV: He’s schooling in religion now. SUCK ON THAT, RELIGIOUS RIGHT!

@Benedick: He’s analogizing to the first Rocky movie now. Is he going to sing the theme song?

A man with a briefcase can steal more money than any man with a gun.

Who still wears three-piece suits?

@TJ/ Jamie Sommers /TJ: The actor who “beat” Rocky in the first movie was my friend’s cousin, a former pro football player.

@Dodgerblue: Run up the effin Capitol stairs with one leg foot left on the floor? Wonder if he’s got a Foley.

@TJ/ Jamie Sommers /TJ: :-D

He’s been waiting for this moment for all his life. Oh, Lord. Oh, Lord.

Music for the filibuster. Let’s start a playlist.

::Hand me more material — thanks!::

@Dodgerblue: I heard it in a Don Henley song. Figures he stole it from someone else.

@JNOV: “Go With the Flow” QOTSA.

Brief? What brief? Discovery request? Wha?


Maybe we should send Bernie some emails and ask him to read them on the floor…

Plastic over the windows! Thanks for the reminder, Bernie. I gotta get some for my old windows.

@TJ/ Jamie Sommers /TJ: It’s $3.40 in my hood. Thank god I don’t have a car.

Add: I love that he’s explaining how winter works on behalf of we chilly northerners.

Speaking of burst pipes, when was the last time Bernie took a bathroom break?

@flippin eck: Gas is $2.76 to $2.89 here, but NM is a petroleum producing state and we have refineries up where I was last week.

And how much does a loaf of bread cost? Hmmmmm?

A “dented can store.” Holy crap, I thought the 99 cents stores were low-rent.

@redmanlaw: Ha!

@Dodgerblue: Yeah, I used to search for dented cans in the grocery store when I was a kid. Back then, the dented cans also meant you might get sick from the food, but ya gotta eat, right? Even if it eventually kills you.

@JNOV: Like the artisanal organic kalamata olive loaf from the high-end local bakery or the “wheat” bread from the grocery store’s in-house ovens?

/shopper for the fambly

Oh haaaaiiii….back in the office and Bernie’s still going! What is this, hour 7?

Yes, it takes something out of you.

@SanFranLefty: Not sure, but he’s really hitting his stride.

How does this work? How long does he have to speak? When does it end? How does it end? What does it do? Is Harry Reid watching?

@JNOV: Marathon runner. Is anyone coming in every couple hours to give him a pee break or meal break?

I assume this is all extemporaneous? (Other than reading the heartbreaking letters?)

@SanFranLefty: Accd to the CSPAN clock, it’s 7:13 and counting.

Okay — just called his office to cheer for him. (802) 862-0697

@JNOV: “Strength Beyond Strength,” Pantera

The president in submission
He holds out his hand on your television and
Draws back a stump

It’s too late for some
Far too late

@SanFranLefty: Excellent!

ETA: Jesus — Casey’s people have me on hold? Bernie’s ppl in VT are more responsive.

@JNOV: Couldn’t get through to Bernie’s DC office. Just talked to a sweet guy in Bernie’s Burlington office. He said they’re getting swamped with calls from around the country telling Bernie to keep talking, and “we’re really touched you took the time to call us and thank us.” Ahhh, and people say New Englanders are crusty.

@SanFranLefty: Yup. Now calling Arlen. It’s the least that bastard can do to help out. Swan song, such as. In some horrific voicemail loop right now.

Haha! Yeah. Arlen has checked out. Totally.

Who’s in the chamber? IIRC, C-Span doesn’t show the floor anymore b/c it’s usually empty and embarrassing and shit.

@JNOV: A commentor/killjoy on Salon mentioned that it’s not really a filibuster because it’s not actually disrupting otherwise-scheduled business–there’s nothing on the docket today.

Even worked in a joke about Victoria’s Secret!

@JNOV: Visual aids! A 300-foot private yacht!

@flippin eck: ::sigh:: But it feels so good! Yeah, everybody went home yesterday.

@Dodgerblue: <3

@SanFranLefty: I wanna know her secret, too. I need some mojo!

HAHA! RIGHT[interrobang] Go Bernie!

Me too. I’d been calling DC and couldn’t get through.

@Benedick: Try VT.

And you know I love you, too, right? (Don’t tell Catt.)

@Benedick: Vermont office is: 802-862-0697 . I just called and got through.

Awww, Bernie so wanted to say, “That’s bullshit!”

Oh wow, I’ve been listening long enough to start hearing repeat material. Maybe it’s time for me to turn it off long enough to GTF out of the office and go home.

@SanFranLefty: Heh! IIRC, some places still have lead and wooden(?) pipes.

Re: playlist – “Iron Man” (obviously). Sabbath!

. . . and lookit Ozzy headbang like a m__________

I just peed so Bernie won’t have to.

@Dodgerblue: Hah!

Hey — shout out to the callers!

They love their money country. Maybe it was love their mothers…

Playlist: “Brutal” Black Uhuru

“Brutal – this whole world is brutal!”

Warhol is a wimp. He just filmed the Empire State Building for eight hours.

“Let me conclude…”

Oh, Bernie, you’re just getting started, don’t stop! Can’t Al Franken come step in for a few minutes?

He yields the floor!

/standing ovation

Okay. That’s just fucking sad. Lazy fuckers!

Didn’t call but went out and bought plastic and put it on one of my windows in honor of the good people of Vermont. That stuff is surprising hard to come by.

Now is CSPAN or anyone going to put up a transcript? He might have gotten repetitive at the end (I don’t know since I missed the first five hours) but I want to read what he said.

Oh, Please! Bubba, “ending welfare as we know it” lends liburul street cred to Hopey? They’ve got progressives confused with someone else.

@JNOV: Since when has Bubba had liberal street cred? The dismantling of financial regulation did not start in 2001, sad to say….

@SanFranLefty: Yup, you’re right. It’s just that so many people took Bubba’s Aw Shucks style and assumed that he was for the po’. I think they’re trying to pull that shit again.

No truth to the rumor that airline goons at National forced Bernie to buy a second seat on his flight back to Burlington: one for him, one for his balls.

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