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Baucus: Was He Drunk, Or Is He Stupid?
Powerline ^ | 12/27/09 | John Hinderaker

Posted on 12/27/2009 10:46:23 PM PST by freespirited

This video of Democratic Senator Max Baucus during the debate on the Democrats' health care takeover is all over the web. Most observers say that Baucus was drunk. We report, you decide:

[click link above for video]

Iclaim no expertise in this area beyond normal human observation, but, for what it's worth, I would say that he was drunk, but is an experienced drinker and was not terribly impaired. What is most interesting to me is how close he comes to articulating the Democrats' real complaint against Republican Senators: they are traitors to their class, i.e., the political class. The Democrats' health care takeover will hurt the American people but vastly expand the power of the political class. Hence Baucus's outrage at Republicans who voted based on "political considerations," which is to say, they sided with the people against their would-be masters. In Vino Veritas!


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Montana
KEYWORDS: 111th; baucus; baucusdrunk
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Baucus: Was He Drunk, Or Is He Stupid?

Both.

1 posted on 12/27/2009 10:46:24 PM PST by freespirited
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To: freespirited

“OR” ??


2 posted on 12/27/2009 10:46:55 PM PST by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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Baucus Rant Video
3 posted on 12/27/2009 10:47:35 PM PST by freespirited (People talk about "too big to fail." Our government is too big to succeed. --Chris Chocola)
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To: freespirited

Do we have to choose???


4 posted on 12/27/2009 10:47:37 PM PST by gov_bean_ counter (Sarah Palin - For such a time as this)
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To: freespirited

Why do you have to insult BOTH stupid and drunk people?


5 posted on 12/27/2009 10:48:37 PM PST by max americana (i)
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To: freespirited
Some people get drunk because they are stupid.
6 posted on 12/27/2009 10:48:52 PM PST by shibumi (" ..... then we will fight in the shade.")
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To: freespirited

They are all stupid, He was drunk


7 posted on 12/27/2009 10:49:11 PM PST by reefdiver ("Let His day's be few And another takes His office")
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To: freespirited

He is clearly bombed. And, of course, the Lamestream won’t report it. But not to worry—this will come in handy in the weeks to come.


8 posted on 12/27/2009 10:49:16 PM PST by Mamzelle (Who is Kenneth Gladney? (Don't forget to bring your cameras))
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To: freespirited

First he was stupid, then he was drunk and stupid. Then he “accidentally” fell on an intern.


9 posted on 12/27/2009 10:50:23 PM PST by Anti-Utopian ("Come, let's away to prison; We two alone will sing like birds I' th' cage." -King Lear [V,iii,6-8])
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To: Mamzelle

A search of “max baucus drunk” generates close to 10,000 hits on Google blogs.


10 posted on 12/27/2009 10:52:16 PM PST by freespirited (People talk about "too big to fail." Our government is too big to succeed. --Chris Chocola)
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To: freespirited

Montana gets FIVE MORE YEARS of this embarrassment before they vote him back in to office. :)


11 posted on 12/27/2009 10:53:18 PM PST by Tzimisce (No thanks. We have enough government already. - The Tick)
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To: freespirited

Believe me, he is stupid. He always sounds like this.


12 posted on 12/27/2009 10:57:22 PM PST by tuckrdout ("Error of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free to combat it." - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: freespirited
I am sure that CNN ABC NBC have sent dozens of highly skilled journalists to dig into whether he was DOD (Drunk On Duty), and that it will be the headline on all the papers Monday.

We must wait for them to tell us, because all we have is our lying eyes.

13 posted on 12/27/2009 10:59:46 PM PST by UCANSEE2
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To: tuckrdout

So the damage is permanent?


14 posted on 12/27/2009 11:02:57 PM PST by UCANSEE2
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To: freespirited

We watched it live during a live thread here on FR—he was either channeling Foster Brooks, having a stroke, or had imbibed waaaay too much at lunch.

My bet’s on #3.


15 posted on 12/27/2009 11:04:09 PM PST by pillut48 ("Stand now. Stand together. Stand for what is right."-Gov.Sarah Palin, "Going Rogue")
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To: freespirited

I hope his opponent makes good use of this video when it’s time for “re-election.” Do the people of Montana want a drunk representing them on the Senate floor?


16 posted on 12/27/2009 11:04:15 PM PST by Marie2 (The second mouse gets the cheese.)
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To: UCANSEE2

I was in a bar when this sailor bought the house a round of drinks. I said to him, “You spend like a drunken congressman.” He was highly insulted and said to me that he was spending his own money.


17 posted on 12/27/2009 11:04:31 PM PST by Vehmgericht
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To: freespirited

I think that the video is simply mislabelled. That’s not Max Baucus, but rather Bacchus, the greek god of wine.


18 posted on 12/27/2009 11:05:52 PM PST by purplelobster
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To: purplelobster

http://www.pantheon.org/articles/b/bacchus.html


19 posted on 12/27/2009 11:07:15 PM PST by purplelobster
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To: Vehmgericht
He was highly insulted and said to me that he was spending his own money.

So... the sailor knows Baucus?

20 posted on 12/27/2009 11:13:59 PM PST by UCANSEE2
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To: freespirited

He would benefit from a nice 30 day rehab program - leaving 59 little weasels to vote for cloture.


21 posted on 12/27/2009 11:15:21 PM PST by seton89 (Al Gore is a greater perjurer than Titus Oates)
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To: Tzimisce
Montana gets FIVE MORE YEARS of this embarrassment before they vote him back in to office

Well, at least they don't have to suffer with Al Franken.

Then again, maybe it's a tossup.

22 posted on 12/27/2009 11:16:33 PM PST by UCANSEE2
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To: freespirited

both and gay


23 posted on 12/27/2009 11:19:21 PM PST by FreeperFlirt
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To: Anti-Utopian

Good answer.


24 posted on 12/27/2009 11:32:08 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: freespirited
Obviously been drinking. He's schnockered and he looks to have a great amount of experience chattering on aimlessly without being interrupted while in that condition.

Hey Max. Drunk, stupid and a Democrat is no way to go through life.
25 posted on 12/27/2009 11:42:42 PM PST by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus)
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To: Mamzelle

I would argue that he’s doped-up or pepped-up on some pain-killer. I’ve seen the same thing with Oxie users in the home state (when I visit). Oxie users slur their speech...wave their arms...and act generally doped up for six to eight hours. I think Baucus is likely on some pain-killer in this case.

If you wanted to make things real interesting in the house or senate....ask for a simple drug test to be required twice a year at random (give them four hours of notice...just to be fair). I’m pretty sure they will all refuse the test. The amusing thing is that they are readily voting on national bills...while ten percent of them probably are on a prescription pain-killer or some kind of drug.


26 posted on 12/27/2009 11:50:44 PM PST by pepsionice
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To: max americana

Shay, Yi yam a dronk, bit Yi yan’t schtupit!


27 posted on 12/27/2009 11:56:12 PM PST by ImpBill ("America ... where are you now?" signed, a little "r" republican!)
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To: pillut48
Number one seems plausible upon review. Senator Brooks from the State of Inebriation.

Back when being publicly drunk was frowned upon ~ but at least a little bit more fun.

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1hqf0_foster-brooks-happy-birthday-foster_fun

28 posted on 12/27/2009 11:56:23 PM PST by incredulous joe ("I like smiling! Smiling is my favorite!!")
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To: freespirited

Whatever his toxin level was, he was repetitive and lying. He seems extremely upset that Democrats are the only ones on record for this travesty.


29 posted on 12/28/2009 12:13:25 AM PST by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: Tainan

Hey Max. Drunk, stupid and a Democrat is no way to go through life.

DING DING DING!!!

We have a winner!!!


30 posted on 12/28/2009 12:13:45 AM PST by 43north (BHO: 50% white, 50% black, 100% red)
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To: freespirited
  Max Baucus was not drunk! He appears more to have been struck by a poison ninja blow dart.
31 posted on 12/28/2009 1:07:13 AM PST by Maurice Tift (You can't stop the signal, Mal. You can never stop the signal.)
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To: freespirited

When the booze is in the truth is out.


32 posted on 12/28/2009 2:27:50 AM PST by Vaduz
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To: freespirited

Does everybody know that montana call recall a senator?


33 posted on 12/28/2009 2:41:30 AM PST by barmag25
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To: freespirited

Drunk, Stupid, Corrupt, Cheater ...

http://www.examiner.com/x-28242-Election-Reform-Examiner~y2009m12d11-Baucus-gave-mistress-a-l4000-raise-and-took-her-on-a-l4000-taxpayer-funded-trip

Baucus gave mistress a $14,000 raise and took her on a $14,000 taxpayer funded trip


34 posted on 12/28/2009 2:42:16 AM PST by maggief
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To: freespirited

This has got to be a trick question, right?


35 posted on 12/28/2009 3:19:40 AM PST by markomalley (Extra Ecclesiam nulla salus)
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To: freespirited

The Spirit of Ted returned to the floor.


36 posted on 12/28/2009 3:57:16 AM PST by BallyBill (WARNING:Taking me serious could cause stress related illness.)
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To: freespirited
and once again the democRats wizz on the backs of republicans and all they can say is, "gee, it must be raining".

The only acceptable response to Baucus's BS should have been, "How can there be any Bipartisanship when the Majority locks the Minority out of the room?

37 posted on 12/28/2009 4:06:45 AM PST by Falcon4.0
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To: Vaduz

“When the booze is in the truth is out.”

You got that right. People say ‘but I was drunk when I said that’, exactly, that’s why I believe it!


38 posted on 12/28/2009 4:15:04 AM PST by kickonly88 (I love fossil fuel!)
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To: freespirited

He was Drunk on Stupid!


39 posted on 12/28/2009 4:16:26 AM PST by Anti-Bubba182
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To: freespirited
"Senator, what do you have say about your conduct on the floor"? Photobucket "I wush on the Shenate floor"?
40 posted on 12/28/2009 4:29:37 AM PST by RetSignman (Townhalls ..."We have seen the Patriots and they are us")
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To: purplelobster

Someone is going to steal that from you I bet!

“Max Bacchus”....it’s too good to pass up. I predict the New York Post. :)


41 posted on 12/28/2009 4:40:13 AM PST by Claud
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To: freespirited
Baucus: Was He Drunk, Or Is He Stupid?

Based on my observation of liberals, I'd say that he is/was both. Additionally, while he may now be sober, there is no cure for 'stupid'.

42 posted on 12/28/2009 4:41:50 AM PST by meyer (Government health care = national strike.)
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To: freespirited

Slobberin’ drunk. Just like Diane Sawyer on inauguration day.


43 posted on 12/28/2009 4:46:29 AM PST by OKSooner ("He's quite mad, you know." - James Bond to P. Galore in "Goldfinger".)
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To: freespirited

I could only take about one minute of his rant. He sounded pretty much like he was in the bag.


44 posted on 12/28/2009 6:02:31 AM PST by driftless2 (for long term happiness, learn how to play the accordion)
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To: freespirited
Click on the image below to see the video for yourself. Very clearly drunk.

Baucus Drunk

Click on the image above to see the rambling, babbling drunk on the hill.

45 posted on 12/28/2009 6:39:15 AM PST by Bon mots
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To: driftless2

That first minute was when he slurred many of his words. As the tirade went on his speech became much clearer and sounded normal to me. Hard to straighten up like that if you are drunk.


46 posted on 12/28/2009 6:48:00 AM PST by csmusaret (Pelosi and Reid have controlled Congress for three years. This is their recession.)
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To: freespirited
"Fat, drunk and stupid, is no way to go through life, son Max."
47 posted on 12/28/2009 7:14:31 AM PST by RJS1950 (The democrats are the "enemies foreign and domestic" cited in the federal oath)
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To: UCANSEE2

You got a point, maybe Baucas will get his ACORN friends to help him steal his seat in 2014.


48 posted on 12/28/2009 8:16:10 AM PST by Tzimisce (No thanks. We have enough government already. - The Tick)
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To: UCANSEE2

LOL! That’s right....


49 posted on 12/28/2009 9:26:57 AM PST by tuckrdout ("Error of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free to combat it." - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: freespirited

I wouldn’t rule out “stupid,” but he’s sure as heck drunk.


50 posted on 12/28/2009 9:48:49 AM PST by Cyber Liberty (Ram "Health Care Reform" down our throats in '09, and we'll ram it up your @ss in '10.)
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