Oh dear god. Is Newt Gingrich still running for president?? Okay, okay, wait…before we completely write him off like we did months and months ago, let’s see what gems this sad, sad marshmallow had to offer at the debate tonight.
A contentious issue in the country right now is the individual mandate portion of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Is it constitutional? Does it make fiscal sense? Is it moral? These are important questions.
Politico’s John Harris says, “It sounds like we’ve got a genuine philosophical disagreement. In Massachusetts, a mandate, almost no one uninsured. In Texas, a more limited approach, about a quarter uninsured. Who’s got the better end of this argument?”
How does he respond?
Well, I’m frankly not interested in your effort to get Republicans fighting each other.
Wait, what? Harris decides to back up and give ol’ Newt another shot at a sane answer, adding, “[b]ut we’ve got a choice between the individual mandate or not. So go ahead.”
You have – you would like to puff this up into some giant thing. The fact is, every single person up here understands Obamacare is a disaster. It is a disaster procedurally, it was rammed through after they lost Teddy Kennedy’s seat in Massachusetts, it was written badly, it was never reconciled. It can’t be implemented, it is killing this economy.
And if this president had any concern for working Americans, he’d walk in Thursday night and ask us to repeal it because it’s a monstrosity. Every person up here agrees with that.
Since I still have a little time left, let me just say, I, for one, and I hope all of my friends up here, are going to repudiate every effort of the news media to get Republicans to fight each other to protect Barack Obama, who deserves to be defeated. And all of us are committed as a team. Whoever the nominee is, we are all for defeating Barack Obama.
So let’s see…he has just
1. Cried media attack upon being asked a completely reasonable question.
2. Invoked the sacred name of Ted Kennedy – angering Ted Kennedy’s ghost.
3. Claimed that the ACA is “killing this economy” – okay, whatever…
4. Used the archaic “repudiate” instead of Sarah Palin’s updated “refudiate.”
And then, with only a few seconds remaining in the oxygen tank supporting the life of his embarrassing, bankrupt campaign, he decides to to cry media attack yet again…reminding everyone that we should not be talking about issues, at all; instead we should all just remain united in our hatred of Barack Obama. I wonder if the eventual winner of this freakshow primary considers himself part of this “team?”
This was just one wonderful piece of prose that this debate has barfed up…more to come!!