A fun nugget buried in this story about Rep. Ann Buerkle's (R-NY) first town hall meeting as an elected member of Congress. Constituents repeatedly asked a puzzled Buerkle about her health benefits. She couldn't figure out why. But her staff sure could.
Buerkle, who voted to repeal the health care reform act, was twice asked about the health insurance she receives as a government employee. At first she said she couldn't understand why people were so interested in her health insurance, and that taxpayers didn't pay anything for it. She later corrected herself after being handed a note from a staffer. Like most employees, she pays for a portion of her insurance and her employer, the government, pays the rest, she said.
Buerkle's argument was her health insurance was "employer-provided". She just forgot who her employer was, apparently.
The more I think about it, the more I realize that it's not that Republicans are simply ignoring the half of the facts that make their positions constitute blatant hypocrisy, it's that they really don't know what the hell is going on, because asking questions and going outside the talking points only gets you punished.
Ignorance, in other words, is bliss.