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Republican compares Obama to Snooki

From NBC's Luke Russert and Domenico Montanaro
What do Barack Obama and Snooki from MTV's "Jersey Shore" have in common?

Not a whole lot. But a Georgia congressman actually found a way to draw the comparison, taking the rhetoric on Capitol Hill -- incredibly -- to a whole new low.

Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA), a medical doctor who Republicans have continually put forward to discuss health care, said in a press release today, "Snookie, from the Jersey Shore, has more substance than President Obama's offer."

The reference is to Obama adopting more Republican ideas before his speech tomorrow on the way forward for health care.

Broun even brings "The Situation" into this.

The bigger question in all this: Who knew Broun was a Jersey Shore fan?

Here's Broun's full release:

Broun: Snookie has more substance than Obama's bipartisanship "offer"

(Washington, D.C.) U.S. Representative Paul Broun, M.D. (GA-10) released the following statement after President Barack Obama announced his intentions to incorporate only four minor Republican ideas into the 2,000-plus page health care bill:

"I don't know if we should be insulted or humored at the President's feeble attempts to incorporate Republican ideas into his latest health care proposal. Snookie, from the Jersey Shore, has more substance than President Obama's offer.

"Instead of listening to the American people, the President has once again demonstrated his arrogance and ignorance about what the nation expects from its leaders. This is "The Situation," Mr. President: the American people do not want unconstitutional mandates and job-killing tax increases. They are concerned with the costs of premiums, the quality of their health care and ensuring their children and grandchildren are not left with the bill. If you want to govern with the consent of the governed, you need to scrap this government take-over plan and embrace more of our commonsense solutions that protect the vital patient/doctor relationship and decrease the costs of premiums without adding to the national debt."