Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Weak Tea

Ruth Marcus dissects the lies and distortions put forward by the GOP during the debate last weekend over the healthcare bill in the House — it will raise taxes, it will put people in jail, it will kill granny, it will make you talk like you’re from Encinco — and asks the right question: “Are the Republican arguments against the bill so weak that they have to resort to these misrepresentations and distortions?”

The short answer is Yes.

The longer answer is that the Republicans weren’t talking to their colleagues or the Democrats; they were playing to the C-SPAN cameras and crafting sound-bites for Fox News and YouTube. Instead of using pictures of bodies at Dachau, though, they showed a bit more decorum, and used babies. (To be fair, a Democrat trotted out his kids, too, which brought an admonition from the Speaker.)

The other reason is that the GOP has never had any intention of reforming healthcare in any way, shape or form, — their version of healthcare reform reads like a term paper cranked out on the school bus the morning that it’s due — and the only reason they’re going through the motions is just to make it into the news and suck up to the tea-baggers. So the question might as well be, “Are the Republican so lacking in ideas and leadership that they have to resort to these misrepresentations and distortions?”

And the answer to that is Yes.