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Congressman says Cheney has ‘blood that drips from his teeth’

By Raw Story
Friday, October 23rd, 2009 — 1:50 pm

The Democrats’ newest quote machine was in fine form Thursday, suggesting that former Vice President Dick Cheney is a vampire.

Speaking on Hardball, Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) denounced Cheney’s attacks on President Barack Obama, who posited that Obama was “dithering” in failing to endorse a troop surge.

“I have trouble listening to what he says sometimes, because of the blood that drips from his teeth while he’s talking,” Grayson quipped. “But my response is this: He’s just angry because the president doesn’t shoot old men in the face. But by the way, when he was done speaking, did he just then turn into a bat and fly away?”

Matthews, somewhat aghast, replied: “Oh God — we gotta keep a level here. Let me ask you this: Don’t you have any Republican friends?”

Grayson laughed.

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The other day I was watching Hardball and Chris Matthews introduced one of his regular panels composed of that hairless former McCain staffer and the sad-eyed “Democratic strategist” Steve McMahon. Matthews ballyhooed that the panel would be debating healthcare and, remarkably, that McMahon has “clients involved in the healthcare debate.”

Clients in the healthcare debate, eh? Okay, that could mean anything. McMahon owns a media consulting firm and he used to work for Al Gore, Howard Dean and Senator Kennedy, so he could be one of us and therefore he might use this panel to debunk some of the ridiculous lies floating around the president’s public option plan.

He didn’t.

McMahon not only came out against passing a government-run public health insurance option, but claimed that the president should go for 80 votes in the Senate with a “compromise” healthcare bill. It gets worse. McMahon implied that the public option is a “controversial” idea from the left, so 80 votes and no public option, he claimed, would make “everyone happy.”

That’s rich. Everyone happy, McMahon?

More on “making everyone happy” presently, but first I want to address this line about how the public option is a controversial, left-wing measure. Naturally, the Republicans, along with private health insurers and the cowardly Blue Dogs agree with McMahon — they want scare you and your representatives into believing that the public option is some sort of wicked controversial third rail. It’ll be, as McMahon called it, “a great big fight” so it ought to be avoided. Ballsy! They’re trying to pass this off as somehow a left-wing moonbat idea totally divorced from the mainstream. You know the trick: if they can marginalize it, they can kill it.

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