Distraught Teabagger Thinks He Prayed Sen Inhofe to Death, He Meant to Kill Sen Byrd
December 23, 2009
(ChattahBox)—on Tuesday, C-Span aired its daily call-in show, with guest lawmaker Sen. Barasso (R-WY) on hand to answer callers’ questions. One call stood out and it’s now making the rounds of the blogosphere. A member of a “small tea bag group” in Waycross, GA called into the show, quite distraught and concerned about Sen. James Inhofe’s (R-OK) absence from the health care vote on Tuesday morning. The addled man was afraid that he and his deranged group of Southern teabaggers had mistakenly prayed Sen. Inhofe to death. They really meant to kill off Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV), as suggested by The Family member and right-wing Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK).
The tearful teabagger said that his group “took Dr. Coburn’s instructions” and prayed for the death of the ailing Sen. Byrd, to prevent his vote being cast for health care reform, denying passage of the historic Democratic bill:
CALLER: “Yeah doctor. Our small tea bag group here in Waycross, we got our vigil together and took Dr. Coburn’s instructions and prayed real hard that Sen. Byrd would either die or couldn’t show up at the vote the other night.
How hard did you pray because I see one of our members was missing this morning. Did it backfire on us? One of our members died? How hard did you pray senator? Did you pray hard enough
HOST: Senator Barasso, he was referring to Senator Inhofe, who was not part of the round of voting this morning.
BARASSO: The votes today, they needed 60 votes in favor of the bill. Senator Inhofe is opposed to the bill, and whether he was there or not didn’t make any difference. There was no way that Jim Inhofe was going to vote for the bill, the senator from Oklahoma. So that’s why he wasn’t there this morning.
HOST: Do you know where he was, senator, why he wasn’t able to make the vote this morning?
BARASSO: No, I don’t know.”
Sen. Inhofe flew home with his wife to his home state for the holidays and is expected to return on Wednesday.
On Sunday, during debate on the Senate floor before the first important cloture vote on the health reform bill, Sen. Coburn invoked prayer to wish for a Senator to not show up for the impending late night vote, so that the bill would be killed. The Democrats needed all 60 caucus votes to overcome a Republican filibuster. “What the American people ought to pray is that somebody can’t make the vote tonight. That’s what they ought to pray,” said Coburn.
Coburn was condemned for his inflammatory comments hoping that God would strike down a Democratic Senator. And of course, the Senator most likely to suffer misfortune of that type, would be the ailing 92-year-old Sen. Byrd. The Waycross teabaggers were not the only right-wingers to pray for Byrd’s death. Bob Owens of the right-wing Confederate Yankee blog also joined the offensive Byrd “death panel,” in a post entitled, “All I Want Is A Byrd Dropping For Christmas.”
Since Barack Obama was elected president the right has become unhinged. Right-wingers have used imprecatory prayer to pray for the death of President Obama. And the GOP has united to obstruct every single piece of legislation, to inflict damage on Obama’s presidency. There have been complaints about the lack of comity in Congress today. It’s gone way beyond comity, when we are at the point where Republicans are praying for the death of a Senator, as a means to stop the passage of health care reform. What’s next? Are Republicans going to take out mob hits to kill off Democrats?
Listen to the teabagger call in, afraid that he had killed the wrong Senator: