Sunday, December 20, 2009

The Hypocrite of the Week …

… is John McCain, who said on Fox News (where else!) that Barack Obama is responsible for the intensely partisan atmosphere now existing in Washington.

Oh, really? You mean it’s not the fault of Republicans who demanded a bi-partisan approach to health care reform, told preposterous lies about what the reforms would do (remember the “death panels?”), insisted on amendment after amendment to weaken those reforms, and now will almost certainly vote unanimously against the final bill?

That monumental cynicism and hypocracy is disturbing, but entirely predictable coming from today’s Republican Party. What distresses me even more are the Democrats who threaten to vote against the emerging health care reform bill because it doesn’t do everything they want.

That’s the problem with our damn party, isn’t it! Republicans will stubbornly back people who are clearly and demonstrably incompetent as long as they continue to spout the conservative line. We, on the other hand, will throw our own Democratic president under the bus at the first inkling he may be about to do something we don’t like.

I think it was Will Rogers who said, “I don’t belong to an organized political party. I’m a Democrat.”

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