As Bill Maher is known to say, "Oh, those Republicans, they love to kid."
Okay, just the idea that the Congress would waste valuable time and money/resources to try to repeal Obamacare for a 40th time is a hoot. It's futility on meth. But this time there's some memorable quotes about this silliness. It's almost like high school kids arguing, but more juvenile. I love it. Let's listen in on a few selected quips as reported by Amanda Terkel.
Democrats railed against their Republican colleagues on the House floor for spending valuable time on the vote.
"I suspect we don't want to call them the Republicans anymore, but I think we ought to call them the Repeal-icans. Or perhaps the Repeal-ican'ts, because they've never been able to repeal anything," said Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.).
You go, John!!!
"They have one alternative to Obamacare. It's called NothingCare," added Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas). Rep. Mike Thompson (D-Calif.) chimed in that the American public has "seen this movie before."
Lovin' it, Lloyd. You too, Mike. But surely the Senate must have something to say about all of this?
Not surprisingly, the Senate has no plans to take up the latest Obamacare repeal bill. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) tried late Thursday to unanimously pass two other bills aimed at repealing the law, but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) objected.
"We will not bring it up," Reid spokesman Adam Jentleson said of Friday's repeal bill. "Republicans can try and force a vote on it if they want to keep tilting at windmills, but it's just be a further waste of everyone's time and energy."
Well, I guess they're not as quippy a group. But when it comes to wrapping things up with a bow, who better to do it than John-Boy.
Boehner recently said that the House GOP would continue pushing legislation to repeal Obamacare -- even though it has no chance of clearing the president's desk.
"The program isn't ready," Boehner told CBS. "This is not ready for prime time. This is not good for the country, and we're going to stay at it."
Now who am I to offer "Boehner the Great" any advice? But I will anyway. My former boss on "Saved By The Bell" once railed at one of the writer/producers who kept raising objections to script jokes without any suggested replacements. The Exec Producer looked him in the eye and told him, "Shut up until you have something positive to add. And then just shut up. And while you're at it, grab me a coffee, two sugars."
Maybe you could do the same thing. Only I like lots of half and half in my coffee.
BTW, your fellow Republicans in Vermont have just forwarded a bill to the governor to have you declared an official resident of their great state. They are the Granite State and they said you're head's as thick as their famed rocks. Think about it, when you're voted out of office, you can make yourself available for a counter top. Orange granite. It's actually quite rare. I'm sure you'll do well.