It is good to be a Republican these days:
Senate Republicans fulfilled a threat on Wednesday to require chamber staffers to read Democrats’ healthcare amendments aloud on the floor of the Senate.
When Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) took the floor to begin debate on his proposal to establish a single-payer healthcare system, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) interjected on behalf of his party, requesting Sanders’s 767-page amendment be read in full.
Their strategery is real simple- keep slowing things down and keep reading amendments while the Democrats in-fight until they finally kill the bill. And have you noticed that the Republicans have finally started to take my advice and are being quiet and just let the Democrats damage themselves? Stop being jerks, and let the Democratic circular firing squad do the dirty work. Nelson and Lieberman will come through, and if that fails, you’ve always got C-Streeter Bart Stupak in the House to fall back on.
BTW- I’m going to go on record and state I have never seen anything dumber than an ad focused on trashing the President’s Chief of Staff. Really. That is some sad shit that anyone think this will have any impact on the debate whatsoever. We’re talking teabagger grade stupidity. How much money did they burn on that foolishness? What did they think they were accomplishing? Negative ads sure are going to hurt Rahm in his 2010 race for another term as Chief of Staff. Wait. What? The guy works at the will and pleasure of the President.