The Republican senator from Iowa is quick with a one-liner. Earlier this month he said that AIG was "sucking on the tit" of the taxpayer and everyone laughed. Of course, last week, his quip that AIG executives should "follow the Japanese model" and "resign, or go commit suicide" didn't go over so well. But yesterday he regained his bounce on the Senate floor, livening up an otherwise dull budget hearing with a joke about banging another senator's wife. His opening came after he pressed Budget Committee chairman Kent Conrad to include an amendment of his to a budget resolution by bringing up the fact that Conrad owed him a favor.
"Oh, you are good," Conrad responded.
To which Grassley replied: "Well, your wife said the same thing."
Not bad, old man. Not bad at all.