U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts reminds America that he’s a jerk

U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas reminded voters on Thursday that his unpopularity is richly deserved.

As Republicans debated the repeal-and-replace health care bill, Roberts scoffed when asked about the mandate that insurance plans cover benefits like maternity care. “I sure don’t want my mammogram benefits taken away,” the Republican told Talking Points Memo reporter Alice Ollstein.

After his bout of jerkiness went viral, Roberts apologized.

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Old-man snark is one of the ways Roberts pokes through the ice of his irrelevance. He made headlines during a confirmation hearing in January when he said Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden should take “a Valium pill” and calm down.

Roberts is one of the least popular members of the U.S. Senate. In 2014, he fended off a challenge by Greg Orman, who ran as an independent. During the campaign, Roberts aired a radio ad acknowledging the lack of admiration voters hold for him. “Pat Roberts isn’t perfect,” a woman in the ad said. “But at least I know where he stands.”

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