Thursday, May 19, 2005

Ridiculous shit on the Senate floor.



More ridiculous shit.

Not only did we get a baffling day of Senate argumentation over the filibuster that called for Lautenberg to show an image of Emperor Palpatine from Star Wars and to quote the line, "In a far-off universe, in this film, the leader of the Senate breaks the rules to give himself and his supporters more power. I sincerely hope that it doesn't mirror actions being contemplated in the Senate of the United States" on the Senate floor, but we also got another example of how batshit fucking insane the Republican majority can be.

If you goto the website of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, you'll find them going on and on about how horrible it is that Byrd compared the Republican leadership to Hitler. Yeah, that's probably out of line, but if you scroll to the right, you'll find the following Senator in the spotlight: Mr. Rick Santorum!
Rick Santorum has served in the United States Senate since January of 1995. He has been elected to a second term as Republican Conference Chairman, the party's third-ranking leadership position in the Senate. As Conference Chairman, Senator Santorum directs the communications operations of Senate Republicans and is a frequent party spokesman.
Guess what Santorum went on about on the floor of the Senate today? Surely, not a comparison of filibustering Democrats to Hitler? Even better, Santorum had the audacity to then decry a lack of civility in the Senate... after making his rather uncivil and fairly non sequitur analogy:
I mean, imagine, the rule has been in place for 214 years that this is the way we confirm judges. Broken by the other side two years ago, and the audacity of some members to stand up and say, how dare you break this rule. It's the equivalent of Adolf Hitler in 1942: 'I'm in Paris. How dare you invade me? How dare you bomb my city? It's mine.'
Somehow, I have a feeling that the Republican Senatorial Committee won't call out ol Rick for his "demagoguery." I'm certainly not holding my breath.

Jesus fucking christ. I refuse to believe that these people are this stupid. They can't be.

edit: Found some better links.

Video of Santorum being a moron (Edit: This link has been fixed. It should work now)

Santorum castigating Byrd for making a Hitler reference

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