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Coburn defends the Party of No; Durbin blasts “styptic-hearted Republicans;” Update: Video added

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By Michelle Malkin  •  December 18, 2009 12:48 PM

On the Senate floor a few minutes ago, GOP Sen. Tom Coburn gave a rousing defense of the “Party of No.”

“We’re accused of being the party of no,” he said. But “no is a wonderful word. When your child is misbehaving, you say no. When someone’s stealing liberty, you say no…Saying no at the right time saves lives. Saying no at the right time saves money…Saying no at the right time saves liberty.”

It’s the best rejoinder to the empty charge of “obstructionism” I’ve seen and heard. I’ll post the video as soon as it’s up.

Here’s an excerpt, thanks to C-SPAN:

Coburn went on to refute empty Democrat attacks on Republicans for not proposing health care alternatives.

As I’ve pointed out before, there are plenty:

Here is Sen. Judd Gregg’s Coverage, Prevention and Reform plan.

And here is Sen. Jim Demint’s Health Care Freedom Plan.

And here is Sen. Bob Bennett’s Healthy Americans Act.

And here is the Patients’ Choice Act of Sens. Coburn and Burr and Reps. Ryan and Nunes.

Sen. Dick “In the Dark” Durbin responded to Coburn with predictable Bush-bashing and by blasting “flinty-eyed, styptic-hearted Republicans.”

Thanks again to C-SPAN for vid:

With so much fiscal hemorrhaging going on in Washington, the Mother of All Styptic Pens is exactly what we need right now.

Proud to be a member of the Party of HELL NO!

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Americans are saying no:

Just Like Last Week, This Week Every Poll Shows Americans Overwhelmingly Oppose The Democrats’ Health Care Bill

NBC NEWS-WALL STREET JOURNAL POLL: “Just 32 Percent Say It’s A Good Idea, Versus 47 Percent Who Say It’s A Bad Idea.” “As the Senate sprints to pass a health-care bill by Christmas, the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finds that those believing President Obama’s health-reform plan is a good idea has sunk to its lowest level. Just 32 percent say it’s a good idea, versus 47 percent who say it’s a bad idea.” (“NBC Poll: Public Sours On Health Reform,” MSNBC’s “First Read,”, 12/16/09)

WASHINGTON POST-ABC NEWS POLL: “In The Poll Conducted This Month, 51 Percent Say They Oppose The Proposed Changes To The System; 44 Percent Approve Of Them. Two-thirds say the health-care reforms would add to the federal deficit, with two-thirds of those people calling such an increase ‘not worth it.’” (“Public Cooling To Health-Care Reform As Debate Drags On, Poll Finds,” The Washington Post, 12/16/09)

GALLUP: “Political Independents Are More Inclined To Oppose (49%) Than To Favor (44%) A New Healthcare Bill.” (“Majority Of Americans Still Not Backing Healthcare Bill,” Gallup, 12/16/09)

AP-GFK POLL: “Although The National Debate Over Health Care Has Been Heated, There Was Little To No Change From November In The Public’s Attitudes On The Proposals Being Discussed — 44 Percent Oppose Them While 36 Percent Support Them. And only half the country approves of Obama’s handling of the issue.” (“AP-GfK Poll: Gains For Obama, Not His Afghan Plans,” The Associated Press, 12/17/09)

RASMUSSEN: “Fifty-Six Percent (56%) Of U.S. Voters Now Oppose The Health Care Plan Proposed By President Obama And Congressional Democrats. That’s the highest level of opposition found – reached three times before – in six months of polling. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 40% of voters favor the health care plan. Perhaps more significantly, 46% now Strongly Oppose the plan, compared to 19% who Strongly Favor it.” (“Health Care Reform,” Rasmussen Reports, 12/14/09)

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