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Dem. Landrieu Joins Dem. Nelson in Red Light District of Senate

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A new party is emerging in the United States Senate, personified by the likes of Senator Ben "the public plan wins the game [so I won't support it]" Nelson (NE) and, just yesterday, Senator Mary Landrieu (LA).

Senator Landrieu became the latest Democrat to come out publicly opposed to the public health care plan option. A majority of Americans favor the public plan option, and our president campaigned for it last fall.

Americans elected President Obama by a landslide in November and put Democrats handily in control of both houses of Congress precisely so that we wouldn't have to strike a bi-partisan compromise and things like health care reform could happen with little-to-no controversy. 

Landrieu was the latest Democrat to join what is becoming known across America as the Red Light District of Columbia--sort of a hybrid between geographical destination and political party.

It's a party in the insurance industry's pants and everybody in the Senate is invited. The Red Lighters trace their roots to pioneers like Deborah Jeane Palfrey the way modern conservatives trace their roots to Barry Goldwater.

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Known as the "DC Madam," Palfrey operated Pamela Martin and Associates, an escort service in Washington DC. (Landrieu's co-senator from Louisianna, David Vitter, was a client there. Luckily the grown man made everything right with his wife and God...glad he got his act together before the age of 50. Lead a life of debauchery for half a century until your body starts falling apart and then find God's grace. Good for you, Vitter.)

Back to the subject at hand. Chamber meetings for the Red Lighters typically open with the famous words from, or even a reenactment of, one of the Marquis De Sade's famous tales. New recruits swear the oath of membership with one hand on an original text of the Kama Sutra

Stormy Daniels is their policy director, and Pamela Anderson helps new recruits expand muscles and body parts that will be stretched as they have never been before. This is important because the insurance corporation executives have very large...ah hem...stockpiles of cash. 

Senator Landrieu departed for the Red Light Party in a tizzy, her comments erratic, as if the frustration she exhibited was meant to cover for the fact that she was abandoning every last moral she ever had. 

"No, I'm not open to it. I'm not open to a public option," said Landrieu according to the Huffington Post. (Can you see her all flustered and shaking her head violently? I'm not open to it...I'm not...I'm not open it...Just leave me alone! I need more money!!!) "However," she continued. "I will remain open to a compromise, a full compromise. Public option is not something that I support. I don't think it's the right way to go."

She will remain open to a compromise? Think about her words here. She will remain open to a compromise?!?! Well...God Bless her! So she's willing to negotiate with the American people? She's willing to do something to lower the cost of health care!? How lucky we can count ourselves that Senator Landrieu is OPEN to a compromise. What if she weren't? What if she just flat out opposed health care reform all together?

She "will remain open to a compromise"...think about how closely those words align her to the Republican Party.

Landrieu's comments are actually not very surprising. She, like Ben Nelson, has had a "stable" job for a while now.  Landrieu, like Nelson, supported Senate Amendment 873, a bill that transferred $440 billion in taxes onto the Middle Class from the richest .25 of 1 percent of Americans.

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