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Buh-bye

Democrats sing 'hey hey goodbye' to Republicans as health-care bill passes

As the tally in the House tipped to the 217 "yes" votes necessary to pass the Republican health-care bill, Democrats broke out singing "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye."

Democrats also waved their hands at Republicans, apparently confident that their colleagues will lose their seats in 2018 for passing the controversial health-care bill.

The House has a long tradition of singing "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye," as it turns out. Talking Points Memo writes:

[Thursday's singing] is both an homage and a literal repetition of what Republicans did when the Clinton tax bill passed in the House in 1993. Same singing, same song. The bill paved the way for budget balancing over the course of the decade and (more arguably) played a role in creating the prosperity of that decade. It also came little more than a year before Democratic majorities in both houses were annihilated in the 1994 midterm. [Talking Points Memo]

In the meantime, Republicans have their own gloating to do — they are off to enjoy Bud Light at the White House.