Conservative reaction to the Supreme Court's decision upholding Obamacare has been harsh, with many suggesting that Chief Justice John Roberts was bullied by the Obama administration into changing his vote and others blaming Roberts' pro-ACA opinion on a mental impairment caused by his anti-epilepsy medication. They're handling disappointment quite well.
God bless state legislators then, for offering good quote. Here, for example, is Kent Sorenson of the Iowa State Senate, explaining that when the Supreme Court pees, insurance cards for low-income Americans come out. It must be very painful…
Our supreme court chose to walk and urinate on our constitutional freedoms today. It is time to control-alt-delete the judicial system.
— KentSorenson (@KentSorenson) June 28, 2012
Not everyone was satisfied with the walk and pee formulation…
In a closed door House GOP meeting Thursday, Indiana congressman and gubernatorial candidate Mike Pence likened the Supreme Court's ruling upholding the Democratic health care law to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, according to several sources present.
He immediately apologized.
"My remarks at the Republican Conference following the Supreme Court decision were thoughtless. I certainly did not intend to minimize any tragedy our nation has faced and I apologize," Pence said in a statement to POLITICO.
Referencing 9/11 at every opportunity is a well-documented Republican nervous tic. Luckily, Obamacare covers that.
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Tags: Iowa, Mike Pence, State Legislature, Supreme Court
If you thought the last countdown was tedious, needlessly-complicated and over-hyped, just you wait until this next countdown that is not the one that we're counting down in right now but the one that we're counting down to. Once we start that counting, you'll see some real tedious needlessly-complicated over-hyping that'll blow your socks off!
Coverage continues after the jump.
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Tags: Barack Obama, Democrats, House of Representatives, John Boehner, Jon Kyl, Jon Stewart, Mike Pence, Planned Parenthood, Republicans, Senate, The Daily Show, Video
* Civil unions come to Delaware, unlike gay people.
* Nearly half of Mississippi Republicans think gay marriage should be illegal. No, wait, not gay marriage. I meant interracial marriage.
* Entire city worth of votes for Wisconsin supreme court race found down in basement under some old Star Wars toys.
* Rep. Mike Pence wants to score a win for the Republican people… Um, wait no, the American people. Well, same thing, right?
Tags: David Prosser, Delaware, House of Representatives, JoAnne Kloppenburg, Judiciary, LGBT, Marriage, Mike Pence, Pork Barrel, Wisconsin
Wow! Such excitement! I've never seen a bunch of people so jubilant for a government shutdown that they supposedly don't actually want and apparently believe will have no real effects. Woohoo!
As the clock ticks toward a government shutdown, tea party activists are turning up the heat. Hundreds of conservative activists rallied near the steps of the Capitol chanting, "Shut it down."
"It's time for taxpayers to take back the government. And let's shut it down for a few days. It's not going to come to a catastrophic end," said David Williams with the Taxpayer Protection Alliance. Indiana Republican Congressman Mike Pence was right there with them…
Activist John Oltsevig was dressed as a Revolutionary War patriot and waving a sign that read, "Shut 'Er Down." But he told CNN the sign was only symbolic. "I don't want the government to shut down. I'm making a point," Oltsevig said.
And that point is: I like yelling things.
Tags: House of Representatives, Mike Pence, Protesters, Tea Party
If you're wondering what that cheering sound coming from the right-side of America is, it has to do with this…
The House has approved a Republican proposal to block federal aid for Planned Parenthood.
The 240-185 vote on Friday is a victory for anti-abortion forces led by Indiana GOP Rep. Mike Pence. He says taxpayer money should not go to groups that provide or promote abortion.
Nevermind the fact that "Planned Parenthood cannot allocate any federal funding for abortions," I think this a great idea. Real solid strategy, GOP! As everybody knows, nothing helps curb a national budget in the long-term like a sudden influx of unwanted children. Let's get those babies to work right away making America great once again!
Oh, and sorry women who were planning on using Planned Parenthood for pap smears to prevent cervical cancer, but we all need to make sacrifices.
Tags: Abortion, House of Representatives, Indiana, Mike Pence, Money, Planned Parenthood