I just watched Arlen "Scottish Haggis" Specter explain how they didn’t really cut $600 million in child care.

He explained very helpfully that if you don’t get 60 votes, then there would be no money for child care.

Of course, he and Susan Collins (and, apparently, one more Republican) are the only ones standing between a bill and 60 votes. In other words, every single change made to the bill is Haggis’ responsible, along with Collins and almost no one else. (Sanctimonious Joe is doing the same.)

So basically, Haggis, Collins, the Bad Nelson, and Sanctimonious Joe just cut $600 million in child care. By themselves.

But acording to Haggis Logic, that doesn’t mean he and his buddies just stole money from children. Really it doesn’t.



Marcy Wheeler aka Emptywheel is an American journalist whose reporting specializes in security and civil liberties.