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THURSDAY, JULY 2, 2009
WERE ALL GAIL COLLINS NOW: Simpering, purring and diddling a nation, Gail Collins is back at it today. But lets give credit where credit is due. At least she doesnt pretend that shes upset with all the hypocrisy:
Trust us: Collins will finish piling on Sanford about the time the cow jumps the moon. This mornings effort represents her third straight column on the governors love life. She and her simpering role model, Dowd, have together devoted five straight columns to this aggressive self-diddling.
Nothing else exists for these ladiesonly the governors affair.
But then, why should progressives complain about this? Yesterday, Our Own Josh Marshall sat himself down; thought long and hard; and began to philosophize for young liberal readers. Josh had given a great deal of thought to an important topic:
Josh rarely presents his own thoughts any more, except for the occasional haiku assembled from snark (click this). When he did to decide to expound on a topic, this was the topic he chose.
But then, were all Gail Collins now! Which brings us around to Ed Schultz, a fellow who still almost isnt.
On last nights Ed Show, Shultz had finally seen enough. Hed seen enough of the people with cancer who cant get coverage in this countrypeople like Debby Smith, 53, who spoke with Obama at yesterdays health care forum. Schultz has been discussing health care every night, though not effectively (keep reading). On MSNBC, this is allowed in the 6 PM slot, before the audience builds.
Last night, he finally issued a challengea challenge to Republican senators. Please come to Toronto, he finally said. Lets see how the Canadians do it! In the process, he referred to the Debbiespeople like Debby Smith:
Good God! In passing, he even mentioned the difference in per capita health care spending! Though he said it so quickly, and in such truncated form, that it likely flew by without notice.
Please come to Toronto, Schultz said. Lets fly to Torontoit takes an hourand learn about their health care system! But in that statement, you saw the soul of pseudo-progressive failure on this issue.
Schultz, you see, is a major progressive. Hes a long-time talk radio host, from the northern tier of the country. A few years ago, Democratic Party leadership helped him advance to his current national platform.
And yet, even at this late date, Ed Schultz doesnt know squat about Canadian health care! A bit later on last nights program, he interviewed Nancy Barto, a Republican state legislator from Arizona who opposes Obamas health care proposals. In particular, Schultz explained, Barto has helped put a constitutional amendment on the 2010 ballot that would ban nationalizing health care in that state.
Schultz wanted to know why she did that. And sure enough! In a very familiar exchange, Barto left Schultz for dead:
Fifteen years after the failure of Bill Clintons health plan, this leading progressive has now decided to find out about all this stuff. Ed Schultz broadcast from Fargo for years. But he still doesnt know how to respond to standard critiques of Canadian health care, such as the one made by Barto.
But dont worry! He plans to go now!
In that completely pathetic exchange, you see the Potemkin heart and soul of Americas progressive pseudo-movement.
Pseudo-progressivespeople like Schultzhave been too dumb, too lazy, too uninvolved to assemble even the simplest facts and frameworks for arguing health care. Last nights exchange was quite typical:
Barto knew what objections to raise. Schultz had no idea how to respond.
And our own brilliant Marshall was pondering hardabout who Mark Sanford should live with.
Yesterday, we asked a simple question: Has anyone ever dumbed himself down to the extent that Josh Marshall has? Later that day, he gave you his answer:
Were all Gail Collins now.
The very latest from Neverland: Are we all Gail Collins now? Above, we described Schultz as someone who still almost isnt. To his credit, he does discuss health care every night. Or at least, he pretends.
But lets be frank: Were all Gail Collins.
Schultz opened his program with health care last nightwith his standard noisy thundering. But then, about twelve minutes in, the gentleman offered what follows. COBRA is a law which lets some people maintain health coverage after they leave a job:
Speaking for millions of Americans who have lost their health care, Schultz promised the very latest from Neverland, next. In fact, he did two segments about Michael Jackson, and another on Mark Sanfords love life.
Barto came on the program laterand left Ed Schultz for dead.