MT US Senator Max Baucus has been much in the news the latter half of the year, first for wasting everyone’s time when releasing a unilaterally supported healthcare bill from his Senate Finance Committee after months of attempted brokering. Never mind Republicans and conservatives, even liberals thought it stunk.
Then in December Baucus admitted to having an affair in 2008 with staffer Melodee Hanes, with whom he took taxpayer-funded foreign junkets, gave a $14k tax-paid raise, and nominated for US Attorney.
All the negative press must have gotten to the man, who apparently downed one drink too many before taking to the Senate floor December 22 to lambaste Republicans for opposing socialized healthcare….

Baucus;s people are of course denying the accusation, according to the Billings Gazette

Max Baucus’ office Monday denounced a widely viewed Internet video that suggested Baucus was drunk on the Senate floor last week, calling it an “untrue, personal smear” designed to attack Democrats’ health-care reform legislation.
“This is beyond the pale, and this type of gutter politics has no place in the public sphere,” said Baucus spokesman Ty Matsdorf.

Zennie62 at the San Francisco Chronicle blog also propped Baucus up…

… Baucus… had launched a spirited debate against MS Senator Roger Wicker on Heath Care Reform. In the process, his tired, angry, articulate tirade was such that online Conservatives activists elected to make a charge that Max Baucus was drunk….
So Max Baucus was right. It does take courage to support change. And Max Baucus wasn’t drunk.

It was a spirited debate all right. The only plausible explanation I can think of to otherwise explain Baucus’s behavior is that he was experiencing diabetic hypoglycemia, which can mimic inebriation. Otherwise, Baucus was clearly soused.
And it’s not funny.
WARNING: The following video, although realistic, is disturbing and violent…

[HT for Transport Accident Commission video: Fran at IL Review]

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