Senile Impants


HHS Secretary Tom Price testified yesterday before the Senate Finance Committee on his department’s budget, and not surprisingly, there was a fair amount of discussion of the Republican plans on health care policy. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) asked the committee’s chairman, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), whether the panel would hold any hearings on the GOP’s proposal.

The Utah Republican, apparently unsure how to respond, had an aide whisper a talking point in his ear.


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Hatch eventually told McCaskill that he doesn’t know if the committee would hold a hearing on the still-secret legislation, but Democrats had been invited to “give your ideas” about the issue.

McCaskill wasn’t having it.

“No, that’s not true, Mr. Chairman. Let me just say, I watched carefully all of the hearings that went on [when the Affordable Care Act was crafted]. I was not a member of this committee at the time, although I would have liked to be. [Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa] was the ranking member. Dozens of Republican amendments were offered and accepted in that hearing process.

“And when you say that you’re inviting us – and we heard you, Mr. Secretary, just say, ‘We’d love your support’ – for what? We don’t even know. We have no idea what’s being proposed. There’s a group of guys in a back room somewhere that are making these decisions. There were no hearings in the House.


The clip of McCaskill’s unscripted comments started making the rounds rather quickly, and for good reason. As The New Republic’s Brian Beutler noted, “Like Obamacare or not, decent people should be furious about this. Not a word of what Claire McCaskill says here is hyperbolic or inaccurate. The reason Senator Orrin Hatch is acting like he’s been caught here is because he has. What Republicans are attempting to do to the health care system is the legislative equivalent of a mugging.”


Thursday, former FBI director James Comey publicly testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee. The last senator to question him was John McCain (R-AZ), and his inquiries focused on the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s private email server use as well as the ongoing investigation of Russia’s tampering with the U.S. presidential election.

Which, of course, is what you might have expected the senator to ask about. But McCain’s line of questioning was a bit scrambled.

“So [Clinton] was clearly involved in this whole situation where, fake news—as you just described it, big deal—took place,” McCain said. “You’re going to have to help me out there.”

“I’m a little confused, Senator?” Comey responded.


McCain then mistakenly addressed the director as “President Comey,” which Twitter’s data account called the hearing’s most-tweeted moment.

The senator released a statement following the hearing, casting blame on a late-night baseball game.


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5 responses to “Senile Impants

  1. the loony tic

    i’m sorry boss for screwing up this report. i had a late night baseball game. jeeeeeez!

  2. I missed this post- my computer was ill.

    Hatch and McCain need to retire but somehow they manage to keep hanging on. It’s a shame that there are no term limits for congress and the senate. Perhaps the government would be less corrupt if the hanger-ons were not there for un-told years.

    • I go back and forth on term limit. On one hand, some of these people get too entrenched and too corrupt when they are there for a long time. On the other hand, there is something to be said for institutional memory. There is wisdom in longevity, and there are some people in Congress who have been there a long time and are still valuable. I don’t think term limits are necessarily the answer, I think there needs to be a lot more laws passed that tightly restricts what the members are allowed to do when it comes to lobbyists and money. There also needs to be an independent review board to cover ethics complaints. They can’t be trusted to monitor and punish themselves.

      • Yes there are pros and cons and as you mention wisdom is as aspect I don’t think anything will ever be done about lobbyists and money or even an ethics board. They’d all have to toe the line and only a few of them are maybe squeaky clean.