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Senator Max Baucus denies being DRUNK during Senate speech
Syracuse.com ^ | 12.29.09 | Trish LaMonte

Posted on 12/29/2009 7:53:00 AM PST by rface

Montana Senator Max Baucus, who led the Democrats' health care reform legislation through the Senate last week, is responding to accusations that he was intoxicated while delivering a speech on the Senate floor.

Video of the speech posted to YouTube over the weekend shows Baucus appearing to slur some of his words and repeating himself at times.

Baucus' spokesman Tyler Matsdorf released a statement on Monday refuting claims that the Senator was drunk, calling it an 'untrue personal smear Internet rumor.' Matsdorf said, "This is beyond the pale and this type of gutter politics has no place in the public sphere. It is this type of slander that makes Montanans, and Americans, disgusted with the politics as usual in Washington. And what is even more sad is that such a personal attack would be given any validity at all, let alone being elevated to the status of news."

Former Florida Republican Rep. Mark Foley posted a video clip of Baucus' speech on his Facebook page on Sunday, and wrote: "breathalyser for members of congress."


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Montana
KEYWORDS: 111th; alcoholic; baucus; denial; drunk; drunkard; maxbaucus
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someone else can add the youtube video of Drunk Baucus
1 posted on 12/29/2009 7:53:02 AM PST by rface
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To: rface
Doesn't matter.

We're using the Democrats Saul Alinsky tactics against them now: Rule #5: "Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon."

How does it feel, Max?

2 posted on 12/29/2009 7:55:37 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Islam is a religion of peace, and Muslims reserve the right to kill anyone who says otherwise.)
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To: rface

Well, what WAS he if not drunk?


3 posted on 12/29/2009 7:55:44 AM PST by hoe_cake (A member of the Society of the Descendants of the Signers of the Constitution.)
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To: rface

It’s a raucous Baucus caucus!


4 posted on 12/29/2009 7:55:44 AM PST by saganite (What happens to taglines? Is there a termination date?)
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To: rface

I am sure the senocrat (see second #47) was just overwhelmed with emotion, etc.


5 posted on 12/29/2009 7:56:02 AM PST by PrincessB ("if government X-rays are anything like the photos the DMV takes for your license, count me out" A.)
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To: rface

Looks like it took about five days for him and his staff to decide how to handle it. Outraged denial was definitely one way to go, but it’s easier to take seriously when it doesn’t take a week to get there.


6 posted on 12/29/2009 7:56:41 AM PST by xjcsa (Ridiculing the ridiculous since the day I was born.)
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To: rface

Senator Foster Brooks of Montana...
8 posted on 12/29/2009 7:57:24 AM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: rface

Well, he was obviously impaired. Maybe not with booze. Perhaps it was pills. But the guy was definitely high.


9 posted on 12/29/2009 7:57:40 AM PST by Blennos (High Point, NC)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Drunk, stupid, retarded... whatever the outcome is the same with the fisters. How can anyone with half a brain support Menglecare?


10 posted on 12/29/2009 7:57:59 AM PST by dumpthelibs (dumpthelibs)
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To: saganite
It’s a raucous Baucus caucus!

And the democrats cry, "Do not mauc us!"

11 posted on 12/29/2009 7:58:11 AM PST by SlowBoat407 (Achtung. preparen zie fur die obamahopenchangen.)
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To: rface

He’s a democrap...if he speaks, he lies.


12 posted on 12/29/2009 7:58:24 AM PST by RckyRaCoCo
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To: saganite

I shertanly was not drrrunk. I swear I just I just I just had a couple of drinks ossifer.


13 posted on 12/29/2009 7:58:35 AM PST by Callahan
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To: hoe_cake

B’sides, what the heck else CAN he do? Say, “Yeah, I was totally wasted.”


14 posted on 12/29/2009 7:58:43 AM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: rface

Perhaps “stoned” would be a better term to use then?


15 posted on 12/29/2009 7:58:50 AM PST by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: hoe_cake

We need a breathalyzer result ~ otherwise I’ll accept that the man was quite obviously drunk.


16 posted on 12/29/2009 7:59:32 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: rface

I guess we didn’t see what we saw.

Combine this with Napolitano saying that no homeland security director would say what she said, and I think the next thing we’ll hear is that we were always at war with Oceana and Obama always insisted that the health care takeover was going to be expensive.


17 posted on 12/29/2009 7:59:56 AM PST by DBrow
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To: FrPR

I watched. I decided.


18 posted on 12/29/2009 8:00:39 AM PST by norge (The amiable dunce is back, wearing a skirt and high heels.)
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To: SlowBoat407

I have this image in my head of Max the Capital Drunk stepping down from the podium and locking himself in the tank where Harry “Barney Fife” Reid can keep an eye on him.


19 posted on 12/29/2009 8:01:19 AM PST by Callahan
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To: hoe_cake

Drunk with power.


20 posted on 12/29/2009 8:01:30 AM PST by bgill (The framers of the US Constitution established an entire federal government in 18 pages.)
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To: SoFloFreeper

He was probably thinking he did a great job, quite the oratory.


21 posted on 12/29/2009 8:01:44 AM PST by hoe_cake (A member of the Society of the Descendants of the Signers of the Constitution.)
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To: rface

I don’t know how many times I have to say this. I lived in Montana for 5 years and attended a number of Baucus events (under duress) I’ve seen him like this in public before and he wasn’t drinking at all. The man is inarticulate when not working from a prepared speech.

And yet, they keep re-electing him.


22 posted on 12/29/2009 8:03:37 AM PST by CholeraJoe (My baloney has a first name, it's B-A-R-A-K. My baloney has a second name, it's O-B-A-M-A)
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To: rface
It is possible he was not drunk.

I know his actions seem to indicate that he had consumed a few too many scotches on the rocks before he stood up to speak, but I've seen people who were wacked out of their minds on qualuudes or other tranquilzers behave in exactly the same way Mr. Baucus did.

In fairness to the senator, I think we should consider that possiblity before we condemn him for being drunk.

;-)

23 posted on 12/29/2009 8:04:01 AM PST by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th)
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To: rface

Hey, with Teddy “the Red-Nosed Senator” gone, SOMEONE had to take up the position of Chamber Lush.


24 posted on 12/29/2009 8:04:11 AM PST by ssaftler (Elfaba-ma: The Wicked Warlock of the West)
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To: rface

Of course he wasn’t drunk.

That’s just the way he acts normally.

You should see him when he’s drunk!


25 posted on 12/29/2009 8:04:29 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: rface

“This is beyond the pale ... gutter politics ... slander ... disgusted ... sad ... personal attack ... .”

Ri-i-i-g-h-t!


26 posted on 12/29/2009 8:05:23 AM PST by eCSMaster
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To: rface

“I’m not as think as you drunk I am!”


27 posted on 12/29/2009 8:05:26 AM PST by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th)
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To: rface

Well, go to Mark Foley’s web page. But honestly, I can’t think of another person more unlikely to be casting stones - I’d take a drunk any day over a pedophile.


28 posted on 12/29/2009 8:06:41 AM PST by stormer
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To: rface

If he wasn’t drunk. . he was doing his best to impersonate Otis Campbell!


29 posted on 12/29/2009 8:07:38 AM PST by McBuff
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To: SlowBoat407
And the democrats cry, "Do not mauc us!"

And their antics don't "shauc" us.

30 posted on 12/29/2009 8:08:48 AM PST by ScottinVA (The arrogance of this Congress is staggering. November 2010 can't get here quickly enough.)
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To: SoFloFreeper
The best drunk on TV - who was a tea-toteler. My favorites:

Dean Martin celebrity roast of Don Rickles

Airline Pilot

31 posted on 12/29/2009 8:09:11 AM PST by OrioleFan (Republicans believe every day is the 4th of July, democrats believe every day is April 15)
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To: rface
A toast to Senator Bacchus!


32 posted on 12/29/2009 8:10:07 AM PST by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: rface

If Baucus wasn’t drunk, he should check himself into the hospital for a possible stroke.


33 posted on 12/29/2009 8:10:26 AM PST by OrioleFan (Republicans believe every day is the 4th of July, democrats believe every day is April 15)
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To: rface
It is this type of slander that makes Montanans, and Americans, disgusted with the politics as usual in Washington. And what is even more sad is that such a personal attack would be given any validity at all, let alone being elevated to the status of news."

Funny, I didn't hear Max's little mouthpiece utter these words when Sarah Palin was being pilloried by the "media."

34 posted on 12/29/2009 8:10:48 AM PST by ScottinVA (The arrogance of this Congress is staggering. November 2010 can't get here quickly enough.)
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To: xjcsa

Well, you see, he passed out shortly after his little “speech”. His “handlers” had to wait for him to wake up and recover from his hangover before they could send him out to deny he was roaring drunk.

These things take time...


35 posted on 12/29/2009 8:10:58 AM PST by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th)
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To: rface

If he was sober then he has no excuse for calling his esteemed colleagues liars and cowards. He did everything short of calling them outside to schettle dish like men.


36 posted on 12/29/2009 8:12:37 AM PST by DManA
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To: rface

You have to be drunk to understand how their legistation was written.


37 posted on 12/29/2009 8:12:42 AM PST by 1776 Reborn
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To: rface
Baucus Drunk

"Ked Tennedy... I mean, Ted Kennedy would be plowed, I mean proud..."

38 posted on 12/29/2009 8:13:09 AM PST by Bon mots
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To: rface

I dunno, Does Baucus actually say “I was NOT drunk” or does he just talk about it being gutter politics?


39 posted on 12/29/2009 8:13:32 AM PST by R_Kangel (`.`)
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To: ssaftler

I hear Chris Dodd does a good impression of Senator Kennedy. He should with all the years they caroused together (can you say waitress sandwich?).


40 posted on 12/29/2009 8:13:45 AM PST by OrioleFan (Republicans believe every day is the 4th of July, democrats believe every day is April 15)
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To: rface

So he was sober when he lied?


41 posted on 12/29/2009 8:14:38 AM PST by Hoodat (For the weapons of our warfare are mighty in God for pulling down strongholds.)
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To: DBrow

Wait a minute!

Oceania?

I thought we were at war with Eastasia and had always been at war with Eastasia!

What? We’re not? We haven’t?

Okay, okay, I know the drill! I’ll report to the Ministry of Love right away...


42 posted on 12/29/2009 8:15:05 AM PST by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th)
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To: DManA

You jist tink that that Max bonkus was drunk,,hic...he shish was trying to, to to, make a point.....again and again and again and then some more again’s!


43 posted on 12/29/2009 8:15:30 AM PST by RVN Airplane Driver ("To be born into freedom is an accident; to die in freedom is an obligation..)
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To: rface

Google Spiking Drunk Baucus Story

Google has begun to bury this story to protect the Dems. Yesterday, when you searched for Baucus, at the top of the list of suggestions was "DRUNK" as shown below.

Now, today, if you type in Baucus Drun... NOTHING appears in the suggestion list for Drunk, even though it is the most commonly searched term. Google went in and fixed the algorithm manually to protect the Dems.

Yesterday...
No sense showing today's screenshot as you can check yourself... it's gone!

44 posted on 12/29/2009 8:16:13 AM PST by Bon mots
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To: rface

Unless he is diabetic, the man was drunk.


45 posted on 12/29/2009 8:18:07 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants (The Second Amendment. Don't MAKE me use it.)
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To: rface

If he wasn’t drunk, what was his problem? Stupid? Senile? Is he always like that?


46 posted on 12/29/2009 8:18:19 AM PST by hsalaw
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To: PBRSTREETGANG

Great work on Sen. Bacchus . . .

Being from Montana in a past life. I do know this guy talks with his mouth full of gerbil scattershot.

But . . . think about it this way.

Intoxication is his best defense—at least that way he could show some shame. Imagine the shame of the folks back home that this was their senior senator SOBER, for heaven’s sake.


47 posted on 12/29/2009 8:18:29 AM PST by StAntKnee (I keep thinking I'm gonna wake up from this dream theatre of the absurd.)
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To: Blennos
He was drunk on something and alcohol was part of it. He's just saying he was not falling-down, crawling on the ground drunk but his speech was definitely slurred and repetitive and senseless. Guilty as charged.
48 posted on 12/29/2009 8:20:02 AM PST by Cordio
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To: rface
I saw it and my observation was that he was drunk or somehow impaired. Added to this, he said nothing of any importance or that made sense. If not drunk, then he is naturally inarticulate and mentally slow. Wake up, Montana. This is the best you have to offer?
49 posted on 12/29/2009 8:21:42 AM PST by Swede Girl
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To: Bon mots

“Baucus Drunk” is the first thing showing when you type in “Baucus” on bing.com.


50 posted on 12/29/2009 8:22:03 AM PST by Texican72
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