Watching the current "debate" over healthcare reform, I find myself in the strange position of giving thanks for John McCain. His behavior during the election was anything but classy, but he did refuse to take that final step of endorsing the fully crazy wingut memes (Obama is a Kenyan Muslim terrorist, etc.) even though certain folks were urging him to go there. When I see how easily the "death panel" and other completly-divorced-from-reality memes have taken hold of the public and the media, I can't help but wonder if such crap would have propelled McCain to victory, if he had chosen to embrace it. Oh, the irony: McCain's last shred of integrity saved us from a McCain presidency.Case in point however: for this to be a preview of the election, one has to assume that we don't have wall-to-wall birther lunacy for the next 39 months in the meantime. I mean yes, I fully expect the entire year of 2012 to be taken up by Rasmussen and Public Policy Polling polls showing X% of group Y in location Z still believe Obama is really a Replicator colony from Stargate SG-1 or a Super Skrull or a T-1000 or Tron 2.0 or some crap. The question is, how much of 2009-2011 will be taken up by it?
Even if this isn't true, you can bet this is the lesson the GOP will take into 2012. What we're seeing right now is a preview of the election (God help us).
Also, Democratic Rep. Jack Murtha says there won't be a health care bill before January 2010.
However, an influential Democratic representative said the House would only pass a health care bill in January or later, signaling continuing rifts within Obama's party on his domestic priority for 2009.And Jack Murtha there just gave the game away early. It's laughable. The Democrats have a 77 seat margin in the House and 60-40 in the Senate and a still popular President (let's keep in mind the last guy was in the 20's here) and they are telling the people who voted for them that "sorry, we cannot pass legislation you wanted for at least another
"We're taking some time to make sure it's done right," said Rep. John Murtha of Pennsylvania. "I don't know that we'll get something done before January, and even then we may not get it done. We're going to do it right when it's finally done."
Meanwhile, we get to put up with 39 more months of Obama is a illegal alien usurper fascist articles from people who will claim "Well, at some point you said Bush was evil, so that absolves us forever from what we're going to do to Obama, libs! Deal with it! We win!"
And the wise old Democrats of Washington and the Village talking heads will go "Gosh, they're right you know" and let the Republicans do whatever the hell they want with no penalty or no resistance.
Me, I'm going to bed to read. Have a nice evening.