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After being the only Republican to support the healthcare reform bill in November, Rep. Joseph Cao (R-La.) voted against it Sunday, because he felt its executive order prohibiting the federal funding of abortions–a restriction brokered by an anti-abortion Dem, Rep. Bart Stupak–was not strict enough. The bill eventually passed 219-212.
Now, if activity in the Twitterverse following the bill’s passage gives us any kind of accurate temperature read on the future of freshman Congressman Cao, who hails from a highly Democratic district in NOLA…
I’d say DUDE. IS. COOKED.
Filed under: Anti-Abortion, Bart Stupak, Catholics, HCR, Healthcare Reform, Healthcare Reform Bill Passes, Joseph Cao, New Orleans, Politics, Rep. Bart Stupak, Rep. Cao, Rep. Joseph Cao, Republicans, Vietnamese-Americans
HuffPo has culled together the
best-spelled worst of the worst protest signs from Michele Bachmann’s Tea Party yesterday, which was designed to “scare members of Congress” into voting against healthcare reform.
Our top three:
Filed under: American Idiots, Congress, Conservatards, Dubious Comparisons, Genocide, Health Care Bill Public Option, Healthcare, Healthcare Reform, Idiots, Jackholes, Mao Zedong, Michele Bachmann, Protests, Scary Shit, Sharing The Country, Tea Parties, The Holocaust, This is Bullshit, What The Hell Are These People Talking About?
Joe Wilson has already apologized to President Obama for breaking decorum and shouting “You Lie!” at Obama during his Wednesday night speech to Congress on the subject of Healthcare Reform.
“Not long after the speech ended, Wilson issued an apology. ‘This evening I let my emotions get the best of me when listening to the President’s remarks regarding the coverage of illegal immigrants in the health care bill,’ he said. ‘While I disagree with the President’s statement, my comments were inappropriate and regrettable. I extend sincere apologies to the President for this lack of civility.’ Wilson also called the White House to apologize.”
He may have said the words, but it sure is hard to believe that Wilson is actually, truly, really, really sorry for the inappropriate outburst, an action that has been condemned from both sides of the aisle as shameful, disrespectful and embarassing.
So what was the tipping point leading to Wilson’s swift “sorry?” Did he refer immediately to his Blackberry and realize that #JoeWilsonIsADouche had instantly become a trending topic on Twitter? Did his wife text him: “WTF, U IDIOT!?” Did he realize that he was single-handedly about to crash his own government site with an ugly media frenzy?
Something tells us it was actually much simpler, a gut reaction to the most powerful and classic of sorrymaking machines: the cold, hard faces of two Hardass Asian Parents (as played, in this instance, by Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi).
Peep Mom and Dad the moment they hear Wilson’s outburst from the floor. Pelosi’s jaw hits the floor and her eyes become nuclear daggers. Biden drops his head and shakes it with disgust and shame, the kind of shake a dad can only achieve when he wishes you didn’t exist. EVER.
I’ve seen my parents do this A THOUSAND TIMES. It never fails.
The one thing I’ve learned–A Hardass Asian Parent can’t kill you with their eyes, but they’ll sure as hell try. And instead, they’ll just make you really fucking sorry.
Angelenos, take some time away from play on Labor Day to start talking sense in the Healthcare Reform Debate. Hosted at the Downtown Independent Theater, the Healthy Works Fair + Film + Action event will offer 3 free marathon screenings of “Sicko” (including showings with Chinese and Spanish subtitles) followed by AAPI notables Judy Chu, husband Mike Eng, Dr. Rishi Manchanda and (hubby of this week’s birthday girl) Dr. Paul Song.
Should you stop by, you’ll not only have the opportunity to talk to your Congressperson the day before she heads back to D.C. to resume healthcare talks, but also partake in the Fair’s lighter offerings–rooftop DJs, live art activities, freebies, contests, PSA shoots and general hobnobbing.
Labor Day? Seems easy enough to us. See you there!
Filed under: Assemblypersons, Congress, Doctors, Dr. Paul Song, Dr. Rishi Manchanda, Get Informed Before Crying Socialism, Healthcare Reform, Healthy Works Fair + Film + Action, Judy Chu, Labor Day, Mike Eng