"That saki sucking bitch is gonna kill every damn one of us!" -- Rep. Dennis Cardoza, D-CA , as he flies his vintage A6M Zero into a solid wall of taxpayer flak over the nation's capital.
Meanwhile, back on board the Akagi, Rep. Eric Massa, D-NY, committed seppuku (literally "belly slitting") -- by resigning his Congressional seat after allegations surfaced that he sexually harassed
The legislation remains stuck in limbo, and there were fresh signs Wednesday of greater skepticism among some rank-and-file Democrats.
California Reps. Dennis Cardoza and Jim Costa, both moderates who voted for the House-passed health bill, burst out laughing when asked about the issue's fate.
Democrats are "having great difficulty trying to figure out what the art of the possible is," Costa said, adding, "some of our colleagues want their wish list to be the art of the possible."
Progressive Democrats in the House are fighting to revive a proposal for the government to sell health insurance in competition with private industry. That proposal was left for dead months ago when it became clear it could not pass the Senate. The Progressive Caucus in the House renewed its appeal for the so-called public option, and Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., circulated a letter in support of the idea that has attracted signatures from about 120 House Democrats.
Cardoza and Costa scoffed at that.
"Those people are delusional," Cardoza said.