Someone take his Blackberry away

SOMEONE TAKE HIS BLACKBERRY AWAY…. Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, the ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, told Bloomberg’s Al Hunt today that he thinks the odds of passing health care reform this year are “very, very good.”

And yet, he keeps tweeting messages that suggest he’s not exactly committed to meaningful reform.

“PTL BluDogs Keep barkin Pelosie bill is Govt takeovr of healthCare Breaks Obama promise”keep what u hv” Puts Wash Burocrats in chrg MUSTSTOP.” [emphasis and typos in the original]

I see. The ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee takes a break from health care negotiations to offer borderline-incoherent Twitter messages about “government takeovers” and “Washington bureaucrats.”

Seriously? Efforts to make this guy happy are holding up health care reform in the Senate? He’s the key to “bipartisan” health care reform?

It’s no wonder the Senate won’t vote before the recess.

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Steve Benen

Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.