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Baucus Lamely Claims He Wasn't Loaded
NLPC ^ | December 29, 2009 | Peter Flaherty

Posted on 12/29/2009 10:37:55 AM PST by jazusamo

According to today’s Billings (MT) Gazette:

Sen. Max Baucus' office Monday denounced a widely viewed Internet video that suggested Baucus was drunk on the Senate floor last week, calling it an "untrue, personal smear" designed to attack Democrats’ health-care reform legislation.

"This is beyond the pale, and this type of gutter politics has no place in the public sphere," said Baucus spokesman Ty Matsdorf.

How can unedited CSPAN footage of Senate proceedings posted on YouTube comprise a “smear?” Any reasonable person viewing the clip would conclude that Baucus was drunk or had something else wrong with him. Baucus' office did not assert that he was experiencing some other problem, like fatigue or a medical condition.

The Billings Gazette, along with the Great Falls Tribune, both reported that the YouTube video was posted anonymously, as if Baucus was somehow the target of an unfair attack.  I guess they assume that their readers don’t know how YouTube or the internet work, and that CSPAN is no longer a credible source for U.S. Senate proceedings.

If these newspapers wanted to cite someone who would accuse Baucus of being drunk on the record, they should have called me.

Some Baucus defenders have theorized that he was just tired from putting in all the long hours on health care. Tired people slow down when they speak and have trouble finding the right, and sometimes obvious, word.

Fatigue is not evident in the CSPAN clip. In fact, Baucus speaks at a rapid clip, resulting in slurring of words. He also demonstrates the false bravado and jerky gesticulations that come not from lack of sleep but from alcohol.

By claiming a “smear” and a “slander,” we think Baucus protests too much. It is also hard to take seriously anything said by his spokesman Ty Matsdorf . This is the same staffer who dutifully claimed that Melodee Hanes, Baucus’ current live-in girlfriend, was acting in her “official capacity” as a Senate staffer when she met with a divorce lawyer to plan Baucus’ divorce months before Baucus had even discussed divorce with his wife.

Related:

Max Baucus Drunk During Health Care Debate

Baucus’ Girlfriend Planned His Divorce; Story Contradicted of Her Withdrawal from U.S. Attorney Consideration

Ex-Chief of Staff Accused Max Baucus of Sexual Harassment

Baucus Statement Doesn’t Pass the Laugh Test



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The enemedia spins for the drunk.
1 posted on 12/29/2009 10:37:56 AM PST by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

OK then. It is OK to mention it in the private sphere?


2 posted on 12/29/2009 10:39:59 AM PST by RexBeach ("Those are my principles...if you don't like them, I have others." Groucho Marx)
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To: jazusamo

HaHaHaHaHa. Making him explain and deny is delicious!


3 posted on 12/29/2009 10:40:17 AM PST by onyx
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To: jazusamo

I believe mostly everything I SEE and some of what I hear! I saw him, in what looked like, a drunken stooper. What with the wobbling and slurred speech, I find it highly unlikely that he was sober! 8 martini lunch?


4 posted on 12/29/2009 10:41:23 AM PST by Road Warrior 04 ( I'll miss President Bush greatly! Palin in 2012! The "other" Jim Thompson)
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To: jazusamo

“Where’s, where’s the courage?”

Apparently in his bottle.


5 posted on 12/29/2009 10:41:42 AM PST by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like what you say))
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To: jazusamo

He’s right. He wasn’t DRUNK. The video made it clear: HE WAS S**TFACED!

Drinking out of remorse for screwing 300 million people?

NAAAAHHHHHH...


6 posted on 12/29/2009 10:42:26 AM PST by Dick Bachert (THE 2010 ELECTIONS ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT IN OUR LIFETIMES! BE THERE!!!)
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8 martini lunch?

Maybe 4 double martini lunch? :-)

7 posted on 12/29/2009 10:43:37 AM PST by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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HE WAS S**TFACED!

That says it better.

8 posted on 12/29/2009 10:45:50 AM PST by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

“I not as think as you drunk I am.”


9 posted on 12/29/2009 10:46:35 AM PST by FReepaholic (If ignorance ain't bliss I don't know what is.)
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To: jazusamo

Ha, ha, ha!

What an ass this guy made of himself. He is a drunken disgrace. I hope they use the footage to “smear” him in the ad for the candidate running against him for US Senate.


10 posted on 12/29/2009 10:46:38 AM PST by incredulous joe ("I like smiling! Smiling is my favorite!!")
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The enemedia spins for the drunk.

They ran interference for that fat drunken blob from Massachusetts for most of my life. They are better than good at it.

11 posted on 12/29/2009 10:47:07 AM PST by stevem
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To: jazusamo

“Whurr isda currage...?” Bauchus stammers. “I got mine outta dis bottle, right here unner my dusk...my desk...”.


12 posted on 12/29/2009 10:48:58 AM PST by bigbob
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To: jazusamo

Bacchus Maximus.


13 posted on 12/29/2009 10:50:46 AM PST by pogo101
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To: stevem

I’ll never forget Ted when he had to take the stand in his nephew’s rape trial, he was irate. The two of them had been bar hopping and the enemedia couldn’t spin that.


14 posted on 12/29/2009 10:51:29 AM PST by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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Max Budweiser Baucus: "I swear to drunk, I wasn't God"

15 posted on 12/29/2009 10:51:34 AM PST by Semper Mark ("Brevity is the soul of wit." Besides, I only have so much tagline space.)
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To: stevem

Every thing Max knows he learned from Teddy, so why would his drinking habits be any different that that old Flubber from Mass??


16 posted on 12/29/2009 10:52:52 AM PST by BooBoo1000
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To: jazusamo

How can you be “loaded” when you are operating with half a deck?


17 posted on 12/29/2009 10:58:50 AM PST by Brilliant
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To: jazusamo

He was either drunk on alkeehole or power. I say both.


18 posted on 12/29/2009 10:59:34 AM PST by C210N (A government big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take everything you have)
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To: jazusamo

Frunk as duck


19 posted on 12/29/2009 10:59:44 AM PST by barmag25
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To: jazusamo

Maybe he was high on pot.


20 posted on 12/29/2009 10:59:55 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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