Friday, October 30, 2009

BARF Redux

BARF Baucus is at it again.  First BARF barfed on health care reform with BARF (the Baucus Against a Real Fix bill).  If health wasn’t a sufficient target for BARF’s barf, BARF has raised his sights to barf on life itself.

BARFbaucus Senate Environment and Public Works Chairwoman Barbara Boxer can pass a climate bill out of her committee without Sen. Max Baucus, but losing the powerful moderate could set the stage for a blowout battle.

The Montana Democrat threw a bomb into the committee hearing room Tuesday when he said he had “serious reservations” about the Democrats’ climate change bill, a statement that immediately sparked fierce speculation that he would vote against the legislation.

Scott Segal, a lobbyist for energy companies at Bracewell & Giuliani, said a “no” vote from Baucus — one of two moderate Democrats on the committee — would be “a very uncomfortable signal to moderate Democrats in many regions of the country, particularly the West, the Midwest and the Southeast.”

Baucus himself warned Tuesday that losing his vote could cost the Democratic leadership moderate support from across the Senate. Democratic aides said Wednesday that a “no” vote from Baucus would slow the momentum for the bill, which is already struggling to get oxygen as Congress works through health care, regulatory reform and the year’s overdue spending bills.

Boxer said she’s focused on getting a bill out of committee with as many members as possible, even if that means leaving Baucus behind… [emphasis added]

Inserted from <Common Dreams>

One reason is that Montana has resources that are high producers of greenhouse gasses, including one of the biggest single producers of greenhouse gasses in the country, Max Baucus himself.  Do we really need DINOs liken BARF in key committee positions?


the walking man said...

Reid has no stones for the internecine warfare necessary for a real leader to lead.

the walking man said...


TomCat said...

Reid has stones, Mark. They're just someone else'e.