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We’re still bursting at the seams with crazy.

-The empty office of one of Eric Cantor’s consultants is under attack by bullets that were fired into the air randomly, clearly demonstrating that both parties are equally at risk of political violence.

-Gingrich says the behavior of Tea Party Protesters has been unacceptable, but at any rate the Dems should admit responsibility. Meanwhile, Cantor accuses politicians of politicizing the threats in a distinctly non-political press conference.

-Some asshole in Tennessee ran a car containing a man and his 10-year old kid off the road because it had an Obama bumper sticker.

-Teabaggers do not find revolting against socialist government and wanting it to spend money creating jobs mutually exclusive.

-More limitations on rich people pouring money into elections struck down

If the spitting and slinging of epithets from last week didn’t clinch it this certainly will. Tea Party whackos fucking around with the Senate parliamentarian is not something the Republicans want when so much of their ability to obstruct depends on favorable procedural rulings.

Tea Partiers are planning a Tea Party outside the home of Senate Parliamentarian Alan Frumin. And there are “people threatening him,” according to Kent Conrad. Frumin, of course, was appointed Parliamentarian after the Republicans fired the old one for ruling against them in a reconciliation matter.

There are only like two guys in the world qualified to be Senate Parliamentarian, and they just sorta trade the job back and forth according to who is in power, but Frumin has now been appointed by both parties when they control the chamber. He even just sent reconciliation back to the House after ruling in favor of Republicans on two procedural matters.

But, whatevs, we better protest him, because he’s totally IN THE TANK

via Teabaggers To Protest Guy For Doing Job – god damn america – Gawker.

please take a look at this politico article, headlined “Dems reject amendment to ban Viagra for sex offenders.”

know what’s not mentioned, anywhere in the article? this particular provision of the amendment:

No Erectile Dysfunction Drugs To Sex Offenders – This amendment would enact recommendations from the Government Accountability Office to stop fraudulent payments for prescription drugs prescribed by dead providers or, to dead patients. This amendment also prohibits coverage of Viagra and other ED medications to convicted child molesters, rapists, and sex offenders, and prohibits coverage of abortion drugs. [emphasis mine]

look, i ain’t exactly a fan of max baucus, but he was right to call this a shameless manipulation of the senate process. republicans just want to be able to say that dems voted against this. good job, politico, for playing that game for them. 

also, if you want to maintain any sanity at all, never, ever read the comments on politico.

GOP divided over whether calling representatives “niggers” and “faggots” is acceptable.

On CNN’s “State of the Union,” Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) denounced the use of such slurs “in the strongest terms.”

House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio), said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that the “isolated incidents” were “reprehensible.”

Later on the same program, Michael Steele, the Republican National Committee’s first black chairman, agreed that the incidents were “reprehensible,” and added, “we do not support that.”

“What you had out there yesterday were a handful of people who just got stupid and said some ignorant things,” Steele said.

Not all Republicans were so quick to condemn. Roll Call reports that Reps. Steve King (R-Iowa) and Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) both downplayed the incidents.

“I just don’t think it’s anything,” King said. “There are a lot of places in this country that I couldn’t walk through. I wouldn’t live to get to the other end of it.” He added that health-care supporters were “embellishing” the story to undermine the opposition.

“When you use a totalitarian tactics, people, you know, begin to act crazy,” Nunes said on CSPAN. “I think that people have every right to say what they want. If they want to smear someone, they can do it.” He said the epithets were “not appropriate” but that the whole crowd shouldn’t be characterized by the behavior of a few members.

via 44 – Republicans denounce racist and anti-gay slurs.

As opposed to the wonderful spirit of cooperation and comity they’ve displayed since the beginning of last year…

Democrats shouldn’t expect much cooperation from Republicans the rest of this year, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) warned Monday.

GOP senators emerged Monday to caution that the health debate had taken a toll on the institution, warning of little work between parties the rest of this year.

“There will be no cooperation for the rest of the year,” McCain said during an interview Monday on an Arizona radio affiliate. “They have poisoned the well in what they’ve done and how they’ve done it.”

via McCain: Don’t expect GOP cooperation on legislation for the rest of this year – The Hill’s Blog Briefing Room.