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This afternoon, Reps. Anthony Weiner and Jason Chaffetz held a news conference that included two live mohair goats in order to protest the absurd subsidies that Congress sends to the mohair goat industry every year. But don't think the goats just stood there and took the abuse. The Hill reports:

Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) was injured by a mohair goat on Thursday during a press conference to highlight subsidies to the mohair industry. The goat nicked Weiner's right hand with one of its pointy, foot-long horns, hard enough to draw blood. [...]

At press time, it was unclear which goat, Lancelot or Arthur, was to blame for Weiner's injury.

By Ezra Klein  |  June 10, 2010; 3:43 PM ET
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weiner is a grandstander.
he should have left the mohair goats on the farm, where they belonged, instead of dragging them around in chambers, with bright lights.
didnt weiner just assail barack obama for his position on the flotilla raid, and didnt he try to abandon health care reform after months of anguishing battle, because the public option went down?
animals are sentient. they dont like being manipulated.
and neither do people.

Posted by: jkaren | June 10, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

You give a goat a name like that, he's going to get ideas.

Posted by: tomveiltomveil | June 10, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

--"in order to protest the absurd subsidies that Congress sends"--

Each Congressman's entire staff should be replaced with a single goat, chained to the esteemed colleague, for the duration of the twit's tenure.

Yeah, it would be hard on the goat, but alá the best progressives, it's a sacrifice I'd be willing to make.

Posted by: msoja | June 10, 2010 10:54 PM | Report abuse

The deficit reduction crowd needs to have the ridiculous farm subsidies jammed down their throats every time they claim they are concerned about the deficit.

Posted by: Falmouth1 | June 11, 2010 6:11 AM | Report abuse

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