VIDEO: Patrick Kennedy has a meltdown on the House floor

Posted by: ST on March 10, 2010 at 6:51 pm

CBS’ Political Hotsheet reports:

Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.) railed against the Washington press corps today on the House floor for paying more attention to the likes of scandal-ridden Eric Massa than the war in Afghanistan.

“There’s two press people in this gallery,” Kennedy yelled during a debate over an anti-war resolution. “We’re talking about Eric Massa 24-7 on the TV, we’re talking about war and peace, $3 billion, 1,000 lives and no press? No press.”

“You want to know why the American public is fit?” he continued. “They’re fit because they’re not seeing their Congress do the work that they’re sent to do. It’s because the press, the press of the United States is not covering the most significant issue of national importance and that’s the laying of lives down in the nation for the service of our country. It’s despicable, the national press corps right now.”

The resolution in question is one sponsored by anti-war radical Rep. Dennis Kucinich in which the President would have to withdraw troops from Afghanistan within 30 days if “safety issues” were involved. Yeah, I know – but remember, this is Dennis Kucinich we’re talking about here.

Back to Kennedy, his meltdown is something you have to see to believe:

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He sort of has a point. The media coverage of Massa has indeed been over the top at times. But where have similar complaints from him been over the issue of healthcare “reform” taking precedence in the MSM over the war in Afghanistan? Answer: Nowhere, as he hasn’t complained about it at all, and we know why: because it not only was his dad’s pet issue but is also our fearless “leader’s” signature issue as well.

But, you know what? We can’t really blame the MSM for focusing on healthcare “reform” over all other issues – even MassaGate – especially when you consider that shoving healthcare “reform” down the throats of the American people has been Priority One in this administration from day one, even more important than (non-govt) job creation and, you guessed it, Afghanistan. Fortunately, the Prez. eventually ended up putting Afghanistan on the 1st-year priority list (somewhere in the top 10) but (non-govt) job creation? Not so much.

Anyway, so the next time the out-going Dem House rep from RI whines about press priorities, he ought to be a little more honest about what all it is they are talking about. It’s not just Massa, but healthcare “reform”, too – and he can thank his fellow Democrats in the House and Senate for it. Or, if not, he can call the Rahmbulance and ask to speak to the President himself.

Oh, that’s right. The words “Kennedy” and “honest” don’t belong in the same sentence together. My bad.

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15 Responses to “VIDEO: Patrick Kennedy has a meltdown on the House floor”


  1. Carlos says:

    A drunkard buffoon just like his daddy, except (so far) he hasn’t murdered anyone, at least not that we know of.

    And the press? Just doing what their slobbering love affair with the jackass party dictates, that’s all.

  2. Tom TB says:

    I don’t have the training or experience, so I’m not sure if he is off or on his medications…

  3. Severian says:

    I don’t have the training or experience, so I’m not sure if he is off or on his medications…

    Legal or illegal?

    Given that he’s a Kennedy, his little rant is likely due to the fact Massa’s getting more attention than him, and the narcissistic little fool is upset at the lack of attention. Look at meeeee!

  4. Kate says:

    This was so important NBC featured his little rant on their nightly news program… oh my, was that a mea culpa on their part?

    I think the OUTGOING senator had to make a few squeaks before he jumped off Obama’s sinking ship..

  5. Dave says:

    You people that have commented here are out of touch also. With a son in Afghanistan, I used to hear of the casualties on a daily basis, when there weren’t very many happening. Now that there are more happening we don’t hear of them on the news for days if at all. The press corp is a joke in this country. Mr. Kennedy is right.

  6. Jo says:

    ” . . . and another thing!!!!!! (bluster, spit, spew) MY FAMILY is truly the entitled dynasty of aristocrats in this nation and . . . (spit, bluster, blow). . . not this skinny tinhorn dictator in his polished suits and his ever-present teleprompter!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And I want the PRESS to be duly reminded of that (spit, bellow, blow and bluster) and get off the embarrassing, stupid, gay members of our venerated party and show some RESPECT for our liberal Socialist intentions . . .”

  7. Carlos says:

    Dave, is it possible that the press could pay attention to BOTH? I understand that’s a difficult concept, especially for them when they’re so deeply in love with their glorious leader, but in my poor little country-boy mind it just seems that with all that print space or air time they could maybe fit a little bit of the war into it.

    Oh, by the way, there’s not a day that goes by without Fox News doing some stories on that very subject, but then, consider THAT source.

    And as far as Little Lord Fauntleroy’s rant goes, would he have felt similarly about the local papers investigating and reporting about a car accident on a country bridge a few decades ago that the media played down as much as possible because it happened to involve his Camelotian daddy?

  8. Suze2u says:

    The Kennedy’s are all spoiled rotten and quite arrogant. They feel like they are the important people and that when they speak, well, people should put aside everything else and pay full attention. If they don’t, then they throw tantrums. He is just like his uncle, only worse.

  9. Mary Strycharz says:

    I agree with Dave. Even now, all anyone is talking about is the rant. The house, for the first time, had an open debate on staying in or getting out of Afghanistan. That is important (and the law). No one is telling us what the two sides of the issue is. Not sure how you can compare Massa coverage to healthcare coverage. That is a stretch to compare those two.

  10. TheKiller says:

    He has to be drunk.. watch it over and over.. he is slurring words and seems to be confused!

    Watch a little DVD called “Taking on the Kennedy’s”

    Simple doctor runs up against the Kennedy wall of power and history.
    Pretty amazing, even though it seems a bit self serving, on the docs part, and of course a very liberal slant.

  11. CJ says:

    The Democrat party has a nightly infomercial on MSNBC. I’m sure he is delighted about that.

  12. Kate says:

    To Mary and Dave…you miss the point here. Kennedy is not talking about how important it is to debate issues regarding Afganistan….he’s talking about how he wants the press to cover it HIS WAY, using his “filter” of pacifism. Actually a good debate would be in order, but debating doesn’t change the reality of the situation we are in now and doesn’t help the strategy and morale of our servicemen. These debates are not debates. They are just little showcases of opinion. (Hence this little rant)

    Supporting our troops in the field and securing their mission is important. Obama has not really clarified that position. He has made promises to have all the troops home, but has not done anything to make that promise a reality. Could it be there are bigger issues and greater security issues than HE ever imagined? Probably so….if so, please have him explain it to Kennedy!