Who’s ‘MediScared’ Now, Asswipes?


House Republican freshmen admit that their so-called “MediScare” attacks on Democrats helped them win a big majority in 2010. Democrats had voted for the health care law, which included $500 billion in “cuts” to Medicare — primarily slashing overpayments to private insurers — and Republican challengers never let them forget it.

Now, they say, it’s time to let bygones be bygones.

Nearly a dozen House Republican freshmen held a press conference outside the Capitol Tuesday morning to “wipe the slate clean,” and “hit the reset button.”

“Yeah, I mean there’s been — again, this is a both-sides issue,” said Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) when asked if GOP candidates and the NRCC had engaged in ‘MediScare’ tactics last year. “To say that one side is blameless in trying to use issues to win votes is just dishonest.”

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On Tuesday, Kinzinger and 41 of his colleagues sent a letter to President Obama, asking him to rein in Democratic attacks on GOP members who voted for the House budget, which includes a plan to privatize Medicare and cap spending on the program.

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To preempt the press conference, the DCCC responded to the letter with a long list of NRCC and candidate attack ads and statements from the 2010 election — all of them targeting Democrats for cutting Medicare, all on behalf of GOP candidates who are now hoping for a truce on Medicare attacks.


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25 responses to “Who’s ‘MediScared’ Now, Asswipes?

  1. John Erickson

    So let’s see. Is this a lesson that there’s no “takesies backsies”, or are we going for “if we do it, it’s okay. If you do it, it’s wrong.”? Or maybe just, Faust was a wienie ’cause he didn’t go far enough? (Sorry, all the flip-flops are making me dizzy.) πŸ˜€

  2. jeb

    It’s not really so bad to be for turning over the health care of senior citizens to corporate insurers who will line your pockets. The real crime is that anyone would point out the hypcrosy of such a stance. Bad Democrats!

  3. kip

    Rein in Democratic attacks?
    I don’t think so!

  4. jeb

    By the way Nonnie, did you see that the Senate Ethics Committee referred the Ensign case to the Justice Department for further investigation? He and his lawyers whined about the unfairness of it all!

      • did i see? i’ve been drinking it in! i’ll enjoy it while i can, though, because i highly doubt that the justice department is going to go after ensign or his mommy or daddy. it’s so unfair that doug hampton, the guy who got screwed (only figuratively), is the one in legal trouble, but ensign, the guy who got screwed (literally) and appears to be guilty of a bunch of stuff, might walk away unscathed.

        • I like the part of the story when the cuckold husband finds out that Ensign has been plowing with his heifer and proceeds to chase the senator through the airport parking garage with the intent of doing great harm with an opened can of whoop-ass in his possesion. As far as a truce goes, no deal. Why don’t they bring in the original killer of comity-the Grinch-and let him mediate, unless he’s off getting his unit pleasured. Wifey better not even get a sniffle lest he start getting aroused to show us all, again, how much he loves America. I sure would like to meet the goper genius that thought it would be a good idea to piss off the old people…. and disenfrachise the infirm….and take food from kids (very Reagany)….and–fill-in-blank—. Even the Catholics had to send an official letter to tell them that they are becoming despicable!

          • that might be your best comment yet, jerry! you covered about 71 subjects, and you made me laugh with each one. πŸ˜†

            i can’t wait for the lifetime movie about the john ensign affair. i think john o’hurley is a shoo-in for the ensign role.

            • Since I hate to think of you not laughing, I must share this notion about how the Grinch can re-invent himself to appeal to the voters: to appeal to all the races and creeds, use a face powder for TV makeup of a sort of purply shade. Next, dress in distictive garb like a turtle neck shirts, preferably a nice pinkish shade maybe with a little bit of a veiny pattern. Now he’s dressed for sucess!

  5. Another case of what goes around, comes around. 2012 election are going to be extra ugly

  6. They can dish the shit out by the truck load and think its great. Go after them, they act like some meany stole their toys. Its time for them to grow up or move on.

    • they’re like the pesky little brother who constantly annoys you, and when your mom tells him to cut it out, he yells that you started it.

  7. John Erickson

    Sorry, guys, it isn’t on topic, but I got a great story from my beloved hometown newspaper, The Chicago Tribune, about The Hairpiece That Would Be President. Check it out:
    What’s the old phrase? It’s easy to make money when it isn’t yours? πŸ˜€

  8. Geez, have the Dims finally started to figure out how to play the game? Of course they’re ALL still sucking on the big oil, pharma & insurance cash cows, but at least (I hope) they’re learning how to make the ‘thugs squirm!

    • can you believe it, edgy? it’s about time the dems start fighting back. i think they might be afraid of a liberal version of the teabaggers kicking their asses out of office. they’re haunted by the spectre of arlen specter. πŸ˜‰