Dumb stuff Republicans say on the Senate floor

It's been a raucous and contentious week in the United States Senate, with Democrats trying to save the lives of American troops by pulling them out of an increasingly-violent civil war and Republicans doing everything in their power to keep our men and women in Iraq until hell freezes over. But you can always count on the folks on the GOP side of the aisle to provide a tiny bit of unintentional comic relief or, at the very least, to spew some things that just make you say "huh?"

Here's the line-up for this week:

Lamar Alexander (R-TN): And why do you think your crew was dubbed the "do-nothing" Congress?

Alexander took to the Senate floor this week to accuse Democrats of wasting time by doing -- gasp! -- oversight of the Justice Department in the Alberto Gonzales scandal… "The Democrats are making political hay out of these firings at a time when the Senate should be focused on Iraq, terrorism, health care costs, excessive federal spending, energy independence and keeping our brainpower advantage so we can keep our good jobs here instead of seeing them move overseas."

Yes, indeed. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) needs to take a page out of former leader Bill Frist's book and focus on the really important stuff like Terry Schiavo-like medical cases, flag burning and gay marriage, rather than all the things that Alexander hypocritically accuses Democrats of ignoring.

Oh, and Senator Alexander, while this may come as a major shock to you, it's kind of the Senate's responsibility to look into stuff like a corrupt Justice Department.

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