This is pretty much the best example of calling an idiot’s bluff I can remember:

Sens. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) and David Vitter (R-La.) no doubt thought they were being clever. They crafted an amendment that would force members of Congress to get their coverage through a public insurance plan, if the public option were included as part of health care reform. If it’s good enough for American consumers, it should be good enough for their elected representatives, right?

They had no idea how much Democrats agreed with the sentiment.

As we talked about this morning, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) not only loved the idea, he wanted to join the right-wing senators as a co-sponsor on their amendment. When they refused — this was supposed to be a conservative stunt, not a real idea — Brown used procedural tactics to make himself a co-sponsor of the Coburn/Vitter measure, whether they like it or not.

Do you ever find yourself wondering if Republicans in Congress right now are more stupid than crazy or more crazy than stupid?

The smart money seems to be on stupid.

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  1. Nance says:

    Definitely got to go with stupid on this one!

  2. schu says:

    Their situation ethics situation makes it hard to see that some politicians would bite the bullet for the political gain even if it was not something that they really believe in.

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