John Ensign (R-Glenn Beck's America)
Over at Slate, Timothy Noah is liveblogging the Senate Finance markup. Good stuff. I didn't know, for instance, that the Senate checks out for Yom Kippur, but I'm rather delighted by it. This, however, I could have predicted:
The morning's first amendment is from Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev. It's called the Transparency in Czars amendment (No. 409,) but it could also be called the Who Does Nancy-Ann DeParle Think She Is? amendment. DeParle is the White House health reform director. Under the amendment, she couldn't keep her job unless the Senate confirmed her. There ensues an unedifying argument between Democrats and Republicans about whether DeParle really is a czar. (Don't they mean czarina?) The amendment fails on a party line. Once again, swing-voting Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, votes for an idiotic partisan Republican amendment.
Glenn Beck really does rule their world.
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