Congratulations, America, your House of Representatives stopped dithering and passed a health care reform bill — final tally, 220-215. Yay/boo. Now the focus shifts to the Senate, but they'll have a tough time surpassing the amount of crazy that went down in the House during Saturday's interminable debate.
Here is a child's treasury of health care debate hijinks, starting with an actual child courtesy of Rep. John Shadegg (R-AZ). See, Maddie wants patient choice. Maddie does not want her mom's taxes to go up. Maddie/Trig '44!
Oh, there's more.
Beloved teabagger Michele Bachmann (R-MN HI??) took to the podium wearing a traditional floral lei, because… come on, do we have to spell it out for you? "The one who created this lei also created our freedom," she says. Thank you, tourist vendor in Honolulu, for giving us this gift.
Last but not least, how's the conservative blog reaction to Louisiana's Rep. Anh "Joseph" Cao, the only Republican to vote yes on the bill? About as reasonable as you'd expect. Over at the Free Republic there's an ongoing "profile in treason" thread packed with punderful gems like "ciao, Cao," "Caoward," "deport the SOB" and "how now, Yellow Cao?" (Get it? Anh Cao is not brave.)
Others have taken a completely different approach to the traitor in their midst…
I am seriously starting to distrust those of eastern decent. [...] How do we not know that it is some sort of a plot to take over America?
We don't not know that! But we do know that Rep. Cao is basically the same as Chairman Mao, another politician famous for supporting health care legislation.
Finally, a record was set for the most expletives and racial slurs in 140 characters. Never before has the "top conservatives on Twitter" hashtag been so richly deserved.
Tags: Anh "Joseph" Cao, Babies, Conservatives, Hawaii, Health Care, House of Representatives, John Shadegg, Michele Bachmann, Racism, Republicans, Twitter