Sunday, December 6, 2009

Coburn and Vitter Are The Wile E Coyotes Of The Senate

If you are like me, you grew up on Loony Tunes cartoons. Some of my favorite episodes featured Wile E Coyote plotting against the Road Runner. This guy would get ACME packages every day with some new scheme to do great bodily harm to the Road Runner but then, without fail, the great scheme would end up, literally at times, blowing up in his face.

Well GOP Senators Tom Coburn and David Vitter thought they had this great idea of how to really stick it to the Democrats in the Senate. Like their wingnut Republican base, they were SURE the Democrats weren't really serious about the public option and that they would never in a gazillion years agree to be placed on the public option themselves. Mind you this is the kind of crap you could hear on right wing radio or read on right wing blogs all day every day, which should have been the first clue that it was a misguided belief.

But since these cats just KNEW this to be the case they figured the would put all those lefty librul Senators on the spot and put forth an amendment to the health care reform bill where by if the bill passes, every Senator has to be enrolled in the public option. I am sure they were behind closed doors just a skinning and a grinning and slapping each other on the back over how clever they were. There was just one problem. The Democrats actually liked their amendment.

Not only did they like the amendment, they actually wanted to become cosponsors. Evidently it had never occured to them that this could happen and so they didn't know what to do. They hid out for days and didn't take any phone calls from their colleagues on the other side of the aisle. But unfortunately they couldn't prevent Democrats from cosponsoring the amendment once it came to the floor.

You can just picture Coburn and Vitter opening up tiny umbrellas as freshman Democratic Senator Al Franken to the floor to become a co sponsor of their amendment and thus bringing down that big boulder meant for the Democrats right down on their heads.

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