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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Idiot du Jour

You have to wonder how anyone as fundamentally stupid as Marsha Blackburn (R-Bedlam) got elected in the first place:

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) thinks Donald Trump’s casual boasts about grabbing women by the genitals are “indefensible” — but she still wants to change U.S. Senate rules so he push through his agenda.

The Tennessee Republican said she could not defend those aggressively lewd remarks, but CNN’s Chris Cuomo reminded Blackburn that she had defended Trump’s comments “by proxy of supporting him to be president of the United States.”

“You can’t have it both ways, can you congresswoman?” Cuomo said.

Apparently she thinks you can, but we've seen a lot of that among Republicans lately.

Blackburn thinks Senate rules should be changed to make it easier to pass President Trump's agenda:

Blackburn then said Senate’s cloture rules should be changed so it would be easier for a GOP minority to repeal the Affordable Care Act and pass other legislation backed by Trump, if he’s elected.

“Let’s get rid of that 60-vote rule in the Senate, so that we can get things to the Senate floor and call an up-or-down vote,” Blackburn said, referring to the rule that allows senators to end debate on a bill if 60 of them agree to bring it up for a vote.

Still trying to repeal the ACA. Oh, by the way, congresswoman -- do you remember who instituted the 60-vote rule to begin with? Hint: It wasn't the Democrats.

This, I think, is the most revealing statement of all:

Blackburn disagreed, saying she agreed with the Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins — who admitted he would trade his “shared values” for helping to pick the next U.S. Supreme Court justice.

“I agree with Tony Perkins — I share the concerns,” Blackburn said.

So much for principles.

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