Not to push business to the competition, but there’s a story in the sltribulation today by a reporter (click!) who got her training at the S-E discussing Attorney General Mark Shurtleff’s attack on Sen. Robert Bennett for — the horror — applauding President Obama during his recent speech to Congress.
I know there’s a rule against Republicans ever saying anything positive about a Democrat, and a parallel rule that everything Obama says or does shall be assumed to be socialistic and evil, even if it involves saving the life of a puppy.
But Bennett was clapping because Obama had just slammed the former governor a minor state for her “Death Panel” crack which was, and still is, and always will be, a sensationalist lie meant to scare people and make sure that ex-governor’s name stayed in the news.
Kinda pathetic, really.
It’s even more pathetic that Shurtleff, in his effort to gain traction in his race to unseat Bennett, apparently thinks it’s OK to talk about death panels, and scare people, and tell lies, if one is a fellow-Republican, although it is also apparent the courtesy he shows to ex-governors of minor states doesn’t extend to members of that party who happen to be sitting senators.
When Shurtleff was first made attorney general years ago he was a reasonably intelligent guy, said the right things, didn’t seem too extreme, even spoke Spanish and said the right things about minorities in Utah. Now that he wants to be a US Senator he seems to feel the way to do it is go totally idealogically pure, never mind common sense or common decency, or even intelligence.
I’m not Sen. Bennett’s biggest fan, but his health care proposals are at least reasonably middle of the road — certain death in some eyes — and he defends his applaus of Obama because Obama was simply telling the truth: The ex-governor of a minor state was lying when she talked about death panels.
Bennett’s being lied about himself of late because of his own health proposal, so he was saying that it’s time to have reasonable, respectful, discussion, not screaming and lying and all the other stuff. Readers of my column know I’m all for that as well.
If Shurtleff is going to put loyalty to the party, and his desire to get elected, over simple truth, he has no business in the US Senate.
PS: As if to prove my point that the wingnuts are taking over debate, someone brought up the case of the guy who is a Czar that Obama is appointing, never mind that these are “czars” in media name only, they’re really just advisors with no power.
I said the kerfuffel ranks up there with criticizing Obama for saving the lives of puppies. There is a discussion here (click) in Slate on the very thing that makes Mr. Beck et al look rather picky, to put it kindly.