Monday, 22 March 2010

Healthcare Reform Blame Game

Oy. It's not over yet. As JJ says, heads are still exploding.
The sobbing, the whining, the shrieking, the out-of-control apocalyptic hysteria over the passage of a health care reform bill so conservative that Richard Nixon would have loved it is really something to behold.

Yeah, that is fun. But the blame game is even more fun.

So, who blew it?

The Catlicks?
I can talk about the Catholic Church and its profound failure yesterday.

It is not an understatement to say that the American Catholic Church lost the abortion wars for three decades, and only began to dig in and hold ground starting with the election of the extremely Protestant George W. Bush.

The ReThuglicans?
Conservatives and Republicans on Sunday suffered their most crushing legislative defeat since the 1960s.


Or take your pick.
John Boehner, Mitch McConnell: Republican leadership's roadblocks slowed reform but couldn't stop it.

Harry Reid: Lost time, and his Senate super-majority, in fruitless quest for a bipartisan bill.

Sarah Palin and the Tea Party crowd: "Death panel" scaremongers and town hall meeting mobs see worst fear a reality.

Fox News: Highest-rated cable news op was the big megaphone for health care foes.

In related news, some mook named Randy Neugebauer has fessed up to shouting 'Baby killer!' at Bart Stupak.
Rep. Randy Neugebauer of Texas puts out a statement:
Last night was the climax of weeks and months of debate on a health care bill that my constituents fear and do not support. In the heat and emotion of the debate, I exclaimed the phrase ‘it’s a baby killer’ in reference to the agreement reached by the Democratic leadership. While I remain heartbroken over the passage of this bill and the tragic consequences it will have for the unborn, I deeply regret that my actions were mistakenly interpreted as a direct reference to Congressman Stupak himself.

I have apologized to Mr. Stupak and also apologize to my colleagues for the manner in which I expressed my disappointment about the bill. The House Chamber is a place of decorum and respect. The timing and tone of my comment last night was inappropriate.

His wiki page has already been updated.

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