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Top of the page right now is a link to video of Sen. Baucus, the link states "DRUNK WITH POWER? TOP DEM SLURS ON SENATE FLOOR..." and leads to this:

Here is better video from the same floor speech, go to around 3:25 in.  While Baucus is stuttering all over himself, it is apparent that the slurring from the first video is caused by poor (or adjusted) audio.  Does Drudge do any fact checking?  I hate to defend Baucus, but this is just wrong.

Originally posted to Danger on Sun Dec 27, 2009 at 11:19 PM PST.

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  •  Drudge, no surprise (0+ / 0-)

    He's a joke.  It shows how low the primary wars got when the anti-Hillary crowd used Drudge to claim Hillary was spreading around photos of Obama in Muslim garb.

    •  Actually, Drudge is not the source (0+ / 0-)

      Drudge just links to it.

      This video is now everywhere from Politico to the LA Times.

      Personally, I'm not sure if Baucus is impaired or not - he could just be a really bad speaker, but that seems unlikely for a long time politician.

      If he is impaired it could be alcohol or illegal drugs but it could just as easily be a medical condition or some kind of reaction to legitimate prescription drugs.

      Of course, given the hassle he's going through now about nominating his girl friend for a government position it wouldn't be all that surprising if he's drinking a bit.

  •  Not a fan of Drudge or Baucus. (2+ / 0-)
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    Cory Bantic, second gen

    But I have to say, after watching/listening to this, I like Baucus just a little bit more/dislike him less. Drudge, no change.

    We are about to be attacked by Al Qaeda. Wave flags if you have them. That always seems to scare them away. I'm kidding. - Kurt Vonnegut

    by not a cent on Sun Dec 27, 2009 at 11:28:28 PM PST

  •  i've listened to him many times.... (6+ / 0-)

    and frankly, he always sounds like this.

    he's just not that eloquent a speaker, but that's not unusual for members of congress.

    obviously, druuuuuuuudge is making something out of, well, nothing.

    yeah, nothing!

    "When I see an adult on a bicycle, I do not despair for the future of the human race." ~H.G. Wells

    by ridemybike on Sun Dec 27, 2009 at 11:39:39 PM PST

  •  Consider the source. plus what ridemybike said nt (1+ / 0-)
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    skywaker9

    "Go well through life"-Me (As far as I know)

    by MTmofo on Sun Dec 27, 2009 at 11:43:15 PM PST

  •  Drudge knows his audience (3+ / 0-)
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    Sembtex, Situational Lefty, JL

    Wingnuts, so he serves them crap like this.

    "Polls are like crack, political activists know they're bad for them but they read them anyways."-Unknown

    by skywaker9 on Sun Dec 27, 2009 at 11:44:48 PM PST

    •  of course (0+ / 0-)

      and the usual DrudgeHorde swoops into the comments section spouting their Glenn Beck cliches about "revolution", "socialism", "European Style Health Care" and of course, Birth Certificates.

      "European Style Health Care". No idea what the fuck they're talking about. None. I can't wait to lurk in Freeperland once Obama signs this thing. The pain! The agony!

      "See? I'm not a racist! I have a black friend!"

      by TheHalfrican on Mon Dec 28, 2009 at 04:23:18 AM PST

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  •  I dont think Baucus was drinking, But if I had (5+ / 0-)

    to work with the Repubs in congress every day I sure would be, that's the only way I could put up with them.

  •  Sorry, Max. I'm fresh out of give-a-shit. (9+ / 0-)

    Try not being an asswipe. Then I'll care when Drudge smears you.

    “If I can't dance to it, it's not my revolution.” — Emma Goldman

    by Jyrinx on Mon Dec 28, 2009 at 12:00:58 AM PST

  •  You really care? (3+ / 0-)
    Drudge? You really care what Drudge does? You really care what Drudge does to Bacus? Drudge can't do any more harm to Bacus than Bacus does to himself. If we are lucky, it might help make him unelectable!

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    by CuriousBoston on Mon Dec 28, 2009 at 12:44:56 AM PST

  •  The Baucus-hate is really dumb and misinformed (2+ / 0-)
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    Sembtex, BarackStarObama

    Especially considering the abortion language, the final bill was to the right of Baucus's markup

    When Baucus started his HCR negotiations, we could have faced this vote without Kennedy, Byrd, Franken and Specter...people need to remember that we still don't have a replacement for Kennedy and had the voting in the MA legislature gone differently we would DESPERATELY need all dems, 2 indies and a Republican

    The WH told him to aggressively court Snowe, and Grassley may have turned out to be an asshat, but hindsight is 20/20...and Enzi? I bet many of you didn't know the blogosphere and regular news organizations had a republican from GEOGRIA! Sen. Isakson...weirder things have happened

    And what "evil" did Baucus do? Negotiations, which I've been over, and the WH didn't pressure him to wrap it up until after it already became clear to him/conrad that they weren't going to get those votes...and the WH still wanted Baucus to court Snowe

    Oh, and he wrote a bill that's more liberal than the one we have now

    to go "i hate him for it!" is dumb...had he not taken his time, the media would be reporting that this was all rushed, instead of just hearing it as a oft-dismissed right wing talking point

    Also, there is no reason to think Nelson would have voted for the bill at all in the summer, there's a good chance abortion would have destroyed the bill...only an intense lobbying effort over months was able to work

    During the markup and senate floor speeches, i always thought he gave very understandable and clear remarks in defense of hcr...much like conrad...

    its just so stupid to say "baucus is worse than lieberman" it's like comparing Al Capone to Meadow Soprano

    •  Max Baucus is a corporate tool. (5+ / 0-)

      Take a poll of Democrats in Montana and you'll find out that we only vote for him out of expediency.  He's about as popular among Montana Democrats as Dick Cheney.

      Obama said he wanted a bill to vote on by the end of the summer and it was Baucus who kept delaying and delaying his committee.  Baucus is a paid agent of the Insurance Lobby.  The Republicans don't even run an opposition candidate against Max because they know that nobody they nominate could do a better job than Baucus.

      •  as usual, thin on details (0+ / 0-)

        i think basically any senator except Sanders has a laundry list of pro-corporate activity

        Especially any Dem senator that has been around for 20+ years has deep deep ties to regional and state industries

        give me a list of all these evil twisted things he's done from 1979 to 1999...my guess is any list, if one can even be made...would be equal of former Senators like Al Gore

    •  Baucus.... (3+ / 0-)

      ....was the Republicans' Democratic front-man during Bush's tax cut debacle. Baucus was one of the few Democrats involved in the negotiations because the GOP knew he was pliable and would give them a front of bipartisanship.

  •  I think Max is totally ripped. (2+ / 0-)
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    Vera Lofaro, Jon Says

    And that is perfectly consistant with the traditions and practices of the United States Senate.

    Why don't you try reading the rules, Shankopotamus?

    by bugscuffle on Mon Dec 28, 2009 at 02:57:11 AM PST

  •  I saw Baucus... (5+ / 0-)

    ....on CSPAN the other day, pissed off at the GOP. I figure the GOP's continual nastiness even managed to piss off the normally very friendly (and pliable) Baucus. If they've lost Baucus, they've really gone over the edge.

  •  I saw this video (1+ / 0-)
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    Jon Says

    he was drunk or on something.

  •  you mean sludge actually wasted time on (1+ / 0-)
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    cybrestrike

    Max 'asshat' baucus?  Must be a really slow sludge day!

    Never walk into a public restroom while breathing through your mouth.

    by quityurkidding on Mon Dec 28, 2009 at 06:36:36 AM PST

  •  Being drunk on the Senate floor is the least of (1+ / 0-)
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    Jon Says

    the shit these jerks are guilty of.

  •  I think this is great. (0+ / 0-)

    I like to see conservatives eat each other.  They are doing the same thing with the turncoat from the south.  I think this is a great lesson for the conservadems.  They can plot with and work with the rethugs all they want.  It will not get them anywhere as the rethugs will have them for lunch after they are done using them.

    That passed by; this can, too. - Deor

    by stevie avebury on Mon Dec 28, 2009 at 07:31:20 AM PST

  •  Eventually, they DO eat their own! (0+ / 0-)

    And I love watching.

    Ah, the pain, the joy, the wonder!

    Going to church does not make us a Christian anymore than stepping into a garage makes us a car!.....Dr. Laurence J. Peter

    by RO45 on Mon Dec 28, 2009 at 09:45:27 AM PST

  •  We ought to be outraged at Baucus, but (0+ / 0-)

    not for how he sounded, but for what he actually said, as I explain here.

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