We may be entering a new phase in the health care reform battle. Phase 1 was all about scaring the shit out of gullible, uninformed jackasses (a potential target audience of approximately 58,343,671) with absurd, implausible, outrageous lies about health care reform. Let’s review the top 10 talking points from Phase 1, shall we?
It looks like word went out yesterday about what leading conservative voices should say about Ted Kennedy’s death: complain about the memorial service that hasn’t happened yet.
Yes, Hannity, KLo, Allahpundit and Instapundit, to name a few, are all pissing and moaning that the late Senator Kennedy’s memorial will be nothing but a political attempt to thrust socialized government run health care on our unsuspecting selves all in the name of, well, because, you know, it’s what Ted would have done, right? Just like, ya know, Paul Wellstone’s memorial, right? Right? I mean now they’re gonna call it Kennedycare or something.
Ted Kennedy was not perfect but he was a dedicated public servant for many years and fought to better the lives of everyday Muricans. He doesn’t deserve this stuff.
And, apparently wanting to go even farther over the top, your favorite RNC chairman and mine, Michael Steele, suggests that health care reform, if and when enacted, will ONLY BE FOR DEMOCRATS!
Yes, as Greg Sargent reports:
In case you missed it, the RNC sent a mailing, obtained by a local paper in Washington State and now rocketing around the political world, that contained the following loaded question:
“It has been suggested that the government could use voter registration to determine a person’s political affiliation, prompting fears that GOP voters might be discriminated against for medical treatment in a Democrat-imposed health care rationing system. Does this possibility concern you?”
RNC spokesperson Katie Wright concedes to me that the question was a foul-up, though she says there are still legit reasons for Americans to worry about privacy.
Further questioning of Ms. Wright revealed that the RNC “was also unable to immediately produce any examples of anyone expressing any “concerns” or “fears” that health care reform would result in such discrimination against Republicans.”
But they just had to say it to, you know, kind of get the wind up. Among Republicans. Or something. Oy.
Although Giada may be a competent chef, she is a disturbance and promotes sexuality to innocent viewers, including children. Her excessive cleavage-revealing outfits are not appropriate for a learning show. Focus should not be directed toward the host’s outfit but toward the element that he or she is producing. Because of this distraction, I think it is fitting that the viewers that feel the same way I do express their emotions.
UPDATE: The signatures are pouring in. Keep ‘em coming.
...taking it slow, but it’s going really well. He just got out of a pretty serious relationsh… oh no. No no no no no.
They’re seating the Jesus guy in my section, what’s-his-name, Mr. Wallis. He’ll totally camp me.
Listen, could you take him? Guaranteed 30% tip, I’ll make up the difference.
But you’re closing anyway! Fine, 50%.
Come ON, Greg, I’ll do your sidework for a week. Please.
You’re an asshole, y’know that? Oh yeah, ha ha, it’s so hilarious that my Friday night’s ruined now.
Evening, Mr. Wallis, good to see you again. Care to hear about the specials?
In the aftermath of the 2004 presidential election, the Democrats were roundly accused of losing the “moral values voters” in America, and of being the party of “secularists” who were hostile to faith and religion.
Hmm. Yeah, I remember that. So tonight we’ve got an osso buco that is just…
The very first Democrat to call me and ask to talk about that accusation and how to change the moral debate in America was Ted Kennedy.
The Topeka Capitol-Journal reports that freshman Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-KS) told a town hall meeting a week ago that the GOP still had to find a “great white hope.”
“Republicans are struggling right now to find the great white hope,” said Jenkins. “I suggest to any of you who are concerned about that, who are Republican, there are some great young Republican minds in Washington.” As examples, Jenkins mentioned Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA), Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI).
Jenkins’ spokeswoman Mary Geiger told the paper that Jenkins’ remark was not meant to refer to “race, creed or any background.” Said Geiger: “There’s no doubt the Republican Party has gone through some dark and challenging times in recent years, but thankfully bright young leaders have stepped up to lead the party into the future and she hopes to be a part of it. That was the intent of her comments—nothing more and nothing less. Congresswoman Jenkins apologizes for her choice of words.”
I know in some quarters it is an article of faith that practically everyone who voted for Obama was on hair-trigger alert to play the race card at the smallest provocation. I think that’s mostly bullshit. But Jesus Gerry Cooney Christ, “great white hope”? Really?
This video, titled “Congresswoman McCarthy… whereabouts unknown, office staff clueless,” is a hoot and a half. Four teabaggers “storm” Rep. Carolyn McCarthy’s office in Garden City, NY and harass her exceedingly patient district director by saying the word “constituents” a lot and reading from a bullshit bullet-pointed list outlining what’s allegedly in HR 3200 (while scolding the director for not reading the bill). The title of the video (“whereabouts unknown”) lets you know right off the bat that these teabaggers have no interest in anything resembling the truth, because the director clearly tells them in the video that McCarthy is home recovering from back surgery.
The great thing about snail watching is that even if you see a big honking snail who is, in his or her own way, bolting away at top speed from the gigantic scary biped who suddenly appeared in the carport, you still have more than enough time to find your crappy camera phone, fiddle around fruitlessly with the settings to improve the photo quality, take and erase several crappy pictures and settle in exasperation on a blurry close-up. And, after all of that, the snail will have moved approximately three inches. But he or she made his or her escape during the night. Where on earth do they go?
The tune isn’t memorable. The sentimental lyrics do not soar. This tribute by songwriting conservative senator Orrin Hatch to his liberal friend is not the cartoonish stock-in-trade of the modern American political circus. But it is a commemoration, not just of Ted Kennedy, but of an idea: that the opposing side is not composed of devils, but fellow citizens, whose worth to the general polity is more than the hollow victory to be gained by demonizing them.