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Today, Tyler Matsdorf, spokesman for the Baucus, released the following denial:
"When his friend of 30 years Ted Kennedy, with whom he had fought so hard to provide health care to children, was being used as a cheap foil to oppose health care reform, Senator Baucus gave a passionate defense. Unfortunately, those who want to kill any meaningful reform, turned it into an unfounded, untrue personal smear internet rumor. 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".
"DRUNK WITH POWER? TOP DEM SLURS ON SENATE FLOOR ..." reads the Drudge Report headline.
Newsbusters.org wrote"How can one explain this incredibly bizarre performance by Max Baucus on the Senate floor? Was Baucus so intoxicated by the sound of his own voice that he went off the deep end? Or perhaps he was so drunk with power over shaping the Senate health care bill that it explains his strange rant."
Was Baucus drunk? I wasn't there to smell his breath. Some are defending the Senator saying he usually slurs his words. But that doesn't cover the fact that is oratory is sometimes rambling and incoherent. The SF Chronicle Blogger Zennie Abraham vehemently stated that Max Baucus was not drunk and correct in his attack against Republicans who did not break ranks to join Democrats in backing Health Care Reform.
So I asked the Lid Readers for their opinion, as the poll closed an hour ago 1,300 of you voted. Overwhelmingly ya'll said that the Senator Was Drunk, followed by Sh*t Faced and my personal Favorite Channeling Teddy Kennedy:
|Drunk ||40.3% |
|Sh*t Faced ||31.7% |
|Channeling Ted Kennedy ||10.4% |
|Blotto ||5.7% |
|Crocked ||3.9% |
|Juiced ||3.0% |
|Blasted ||1.9% |
|Ripped ||1.4% |
|Plotzed ||1.2% |