The Rethugs’ll Be the Death of Us Yet

From George’s Bottom Line at abcNEWS:

In his first comments on Sarah Palin’s “death panel” claims, John McCain is standing by his former running mate.

Sort of…

He doesn’t like the phrase “death panels,” but he defended the substance of Palin’s charge, saying the Democrats have only themselves to blame for the controversy.

Kids, it’s official. This is how seriously anyone should be taking Captain Underpants:

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STEPHANOPOULOS: The president also says that the debate has been infected by falsehoods. And probably the most notorious one is the one made by your former running mate, Sarah Palin, who said that his bill would encourage death panels that would encourage euthanasia. He called that an extraordinary lie and he is right about that, isn’t he?

MCCAIN: Well, I think that what we are talking about here is do – are we going to have groups that actually advise people as these decisions are made later in life and …

STEPHANOPOULOS: That’s not in the bill.

MCCAIN: But – it’s been taken out, but the way that it was written made it a little bit ambiguous. And another thing …

STEPHANOPOULOS: I don’t think that’s correct, Senator. The bill, all it said was that, if a patient wanted to have a Medicare consultation about end-of-life issues, they could have it at their request and the doctor would get reimbursed for it, no panel …

MCCAIN: There was a provision in the bill that talks about a board that would decide the most effective measures to provide health care for people, OK?


STEPHANOPOULOS: But that’s not a death panel.

MCCAIN: So what does – what does that lead to? Doesn’t that lead to a possibility, at least opens the door to a possibility of rationing and decisions made such are made in other countries?

STEPHANOPOULOS: Well, every single independent group that looked at it said it just wasn’t true.


STEPHANOPOULOS: So you think Sarah Palin was right?

MCCAIN: Look, I don’t think they were called death panels, don’t get me wrong. I don’t think – but on the best treatment procedures part of the bill, it does open it up to decisions being made as far – that should be left – those choices left to the patient and the individual.

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From POLITICAL ANIMAL (Steve Benen) at Washington Monthly:

How far gone is Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.)? He isn’t even willing to reject the “death panel” nonsense pushed by his former running mate.

As promised, McCain appeared on ABC News’ “This Week” and George Stephanopoulos asked whether he could defend Sarah Palin’s most infamous and scurrilous attack on health care reform. Would the self-described “maverick” take a stand in support of reality? Take a wild guess.

Asked about the “death panel” lie, McCain said he doesn’t endorse the phrase, but argued the government, under reform measures, would “have groups that actually advise people as these decisions are made later in life.” When Stephanopoulos noted the phrase of the month — “That’s not in the bill” — McCain said the language in the legislation “made it a little bit ambiguous.”


It’s a good thing McCain was invited back onto another Sunday morning public affairs show — his 11th appearance since January, and his second on “This Week” since May — or we may have missed insightful policy analysis like this.

From Conor Clarke at the Atlantic:

MCCAIN: But — […] the way that it was written made it a little bit ambiguous.

“Ambiguous.” Thus do we witness McCain joining the prestigious Michael Steele school of literary criticism. You see, a health-care bill is really a lot like Hamlet or The Wasteland. Interpretations may vary. Where some scholars find an utterly innocuous and optional expansion of Medicare coverage, others might see a program akin to mandatory government euthanasia.

I have expressed my frustration with this tactic many times before, and I know it is getting tedious. But, to recap, the tactic is this: (1) Make a preposterous and false claim about a bill. (2) Have the claim disproved. (3) Avoid defending the original claim, but instead observe that the controversy reflects “a legitimate difference of interpretation” about what might happen in the future. Effective opposition in three easy steps!


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24 responses to “The Rethugs’ll Be the Death of Us Yet

  1. And people told me to suck it up and vote for that clown …

    • wickle,
      i get nauseous just thinking that he might have been president, and that moron might have been veep. we’re a country in serious trouble if they’re among the best we have to offer. 😯

    • Dusty

      Are you kidding me? Vote for Capt Underpants? Sweet-Jaysus-ina-speedo..why would anyone with two brain cells to rub together vote for that duo?

      It’s a rhetoricial question. 😉

  2. What’s ambiguous is the fact McCain is still a Senator. The old coot is soooooo out of touch, it’s not even funny anymore.

    • He’s being primaried from his Right by a Minuteman. He has to pander to his party’s loony base or he runs the risk of losing the nomination because he’s insufficiently conservative. I wish I were kidding.

      • i think it’s partly because he’s facing a primary, but i think it’s also partly because he’s a nasty bitter old man who won’t ever admit that he was wrong. he picked that moronic vapid bimbo, he knows she was and is a disaster, and he refuses to say he screwed up.

  3. “Watch me pull a Palin out of my hat!”

    So much for being profound. 😛

  4. I think he is gone around the bend and over the river.. He has to get his crazy on to satisfy the fringe so he can get re-elected, yet still try to stay sane so he gets the vote of everyone else.. Too bad there isn’t a good progressive to run against him out there.. I think they would win in a landslide… He is so senile it’s almost sad and yet just can’t give it up…

    • i wonder what would have happened if obama hadn’t tapped janet napolitano for head of homeland security. i bet she would have given capt underpants a run for his money.

  5. McCain, that lovable old rogue … in your bright and colorful picture, he looks as though he is trying to have sex with a moose!!

    What next ??!

    • he doesn’t have any viagra in the pic, so there will be no sex. that’s princess sarah in her moose suit. the 2 of them are going on the road with their carnival act.

  6. The latest load of horse shit from McCain’s old folks home was him saying he wished Teddy Kennedy was still in the mix because “that was a guy he could work with…”
    He failed to mention that he harpooned any health care reform Teddy ever mentioned.
    The only thing worse than a dick is a lying, sniveling dick who tries to score points over a dying man’s body, based on a pack of lies.
    What a turd.

    • same with orrin hatch. it’s utter nonsense. they’re trying to make themselves out to be best buds with teddy. what’s really sickening is that some in the press are buying this crapola.

  7. jeb

    It’s deja-maverick-vu all over again.

  8. Do you think McCain ever got his freak on with Sarah? He already dumped one wife for a hotter version so it seems like a good possibility.

    Not that any of this impacts my love for Sarah. You rarely get that combo of brains and beauty.

  9. Ewwwwwww, they’re both so maver-icky!