(UPDATE 8/18: New posts up soon…follow us on Twitter to find out when!)
From the official White House Twitter:
Get a healthy dose of reality about #healthcare insurance reform: http://bit.ly/thBOH #hcr #hir-rc
Look at that…they even made a funny pun! And yet still managed to come off as arrogant as possible. Dare I say…mission accomplished? (If you want an actual reality check, take a look at Sweetness & Light’s brilliant dissection of the bill)
Notice that this is coming out on the day after Pelosi & Hoyer’s USA Today op-Ed saying “[d]rowning out opposing views is simply un-American.” Isn’t the President attempting to do just that?
Notice this also is coming out soon after Sarah Palin’s fiery editorial which succintly described the massive shortcomings of this plan. (NOTE:
And, notice the stunningly simple fact that the Democrats have a majority in both houses, yet can’t quite seem to obtain the votes for this bill. Support for it is falling by the day.
Doesn’t this all just smack of desperation?
The desperation thickens, with Obama himself holding a smoothly manufactured completely spontaneous townhall today.
Michelle Malkin has the analysis, including the kicker:
Oh, crikey. Obama calls on a 13-year-old girl to lament the “mean signs” about health care reform. “How do kids know what’s true.”
Of course. Those “signs with swastikas on them,” remember?
Someone gets an A-plus for using Democratic talking points out of the classroom!
PLANT UPDATE: Via Michelle Malkin: So apparently this “completely random” little girl was a plant. Her mother and her mother’s law firm are huge Obama supporters, have donated money, met the family, etc.
Of course, this girl joins a long list lineup of plants at “spontaneous” townhall meetings, which Michelle has explained in: The Illustrated Guide to ObamaCare Human Props
Move along folks, nothing to see here…
UPDATE 8/12: Another day, another plant? (via HotAir Headlines, Patterico)
Who is “Dr.” Roxana Mayer?
UPDATE II 8/12: Roxana Mayer: Not a doctor, but an Obama delegate.
Hillary Clinton may not be channeling her husband, but is Obama channeling Biden?
[on how his healthcare plan will not hurt the private healthcare industry] If you think about it, UPS and FedEx are doing just fine. No, they are! It’s the Post Office that’s always having problems.
Is he seriously saying the line for operations will be like the line for stamps?
Imagine those $50 end-it-all pills at only 44 cents.
UPDATE III: Thanks for the link, Frugal Cafe Blog Zone!
UPDATE IV: Via Hot Air’s Quote of the Day–Camille Paglia nails it.
A must-read. So many quotables, so here’s a little taste:
Blaming obstructionist Republicans is nonsensical because Democrats control all three branches of government. It isn’t conservative rumors or lies that are stopping healthcare legislation; it’s the justifiable alarm of an electorate that has been cut out of the loop and is watching its representatives construct a tangled labyrinth for others but not for themselves. No, the airheads of Congress will keep their own plush healthcare plan — it’s the rest of us guinea pigs who will be thrown to the wolves.
UPDATE V: I’ve received some feedback about exactly how all this qualifies as desperation.
Let’s approach this mathematically.
Delaying the bill + refusing to read it + verbally degrading constituents + stonewalling + hobbling together a “reality check” website when all else fails = desperation.
If the bill was so important and so necessary, then why couldn’t it have been broken down into bite-size pieces to reassure the public and highlight the good aspects of the plan? Why is obfuscation and smoke-and-mirrors the modus operandi here?
UPDATE VI (8/12): Sarah Palin’s follow-up on “death panels” comment…worth a full read!
UPDATE VII (8/13): “End of life” consultations have been DROPPED from the bill…I think we should thank Sarah for bringing attention to this in the most high-profile way!
UPDATE VIII (8/13): Sarah Palin’s response to the dropping of “end of life” provisions from the bill and what else needs to be dropped…another excellent read!
UPDATE IX (8/13): A great big THANK YOU to the Michelle Malkin & Hot Air readers who have visited the site! You folks made yesterday one of the biggest days in Bulletproof Diction history, and this post has become the MOST popular post on the site.
PLEASE tell your friends (and enemies) about Bulletproof Diction…the more that we spread the truth about this bill…the more that we exercise our First Amendment rights…the more that we remind our government that they serve We the People…the greater ability we have to ensure the American Dream of Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness for posterity!