The Republicans really stepped into it this time. And it's not X-degrees-of-separation with a maniac at a rally, nor some low level politician or aide caught lying. It's straight from the Republican Senate GOP. In a mailer sent out
, there was this question:
Are you concerned that health care rationing could lead to:
23. Denial of treatment in cases where the patient's prospects are deemed not good?
24. A "lottery" system of determining who will get priority treatment?
25. A "quota" system which would determine who would determine who would get treatment on the basis of race or age?
The GOP is throwing out as a "concern", the notion that Obama will implement a health care program where treatment depends on race.
Watch out everybody, a shit-storm is about to happen. The press will seize on this and hound Republican Senators - each and every one of them
- and ask them if they agree with the implication of the mailer, and why. It'll dominate the news for the next two weeks, at least.
There will be consequences for this crude racial appeal by the GOP and it won't be pretty. The press, in their role as arbiters of moral standards, will expose, embarrass, and ultimately get the GOP to apologize and perform a public act of contrition.
UPDATE: Over at Swampland, there was a post
on this survey, and a reply from the National Republican Senate Committee:
Brian Walsh a spokesman for the NRSC did call me back, and defended the mailer, not as a description of any of the Democratic plans, but rather as an open-ended musing on possible health care reform ideas. "It simply poses questions," said Walsh. "In looking at it, it doesn't say definitely what the president's health care plan is."
The "simply posing questions" defense is lame, and they know it. The Republicans must be terrified.
Terrified? Of the lapdog press? Does an intern have the blog password today, or is this satire? Rush calls for segregated busses last week, how much time did the pundits spend with that? I hope Quiddity is healthy again soon.
Can't ... breathe ... too much ... sarcasm ... Gah!!!
At the very least, race and age should be separate categories. The two concerns have nothing to do with each other.
Of course it's a push poll, but why not get some valid information for your efforts.
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