Of course, the denial:
“When his friend of 30 years Ted Kennedy, with whom he had fought so hard to provide health care to children, was being used as a cheap foil to oppose health care reform, Senator Baucus gave a passionate defense. Unfortunately, those who want to kill any meaningful reform, turned it into an unfounded, untrue personal smear internet rumor. This is beyond the pale and this type of gutter politics has no place in the public sphere. It is this type of slander that makes Montanans, and Americans, disgusted with the politics as usual in Washington. And what is even more sad is that such a personal attack would be given any validity at all, let alone being elevated to the status of ‘news’.”
Allahpundit over at HotAir has an enjoyable take on this, namely that he would have respected Baucus a bit more had he just admitted he’d knocked back a few cocktails after finally breaking the back of the American people and getting the 60 votes for Obamacare…
After a month filled with stories about this tool giving his girlfriend pay raises and trying to have her named a U.S. Attorney, getting liquored up on the floor would be the least of his sins.
The challenge for Baucus now will be to avoid another incident in which he’s caught in his cups. Because if that should happen anytime soon, he’s going to become the laughingstock of all drunken laughingstocks (not that he isn’t now).
And does anybody else get a kick out of a denial of drunkenness opening with “his friend of 30 years, Ted Kennedy?”