Ho-hum. Another news cycle, another collection of lies being pushed about the late Senator Edward Kennedy. In this edition, Swopa expertly dissects Stephen Pearlstein’s variation of the "Teddy lived to sell out his principles" garbage being circulated by Very Serious Pundit People.
It’s not just that the Villagers are passing along without comment or correction RNC-dictated lies — sorry, “talking points” — about Teddy Kennedy. It’s that the Republicans’ lies are based on projection.
For instance, take a look at Mike Huckabee’s claims as to how Teddy would have fared under the very health care reforms Teddy espoused:
The 2008 Republican presidential candidate suggested during his radio show, “The Huckabee Report,” on Thursday that, under President Obama’s health care plan, Kennedy would have been told to “go home to take pain pills and die” during his last year of life.
As I stated above, not only is this a lie, it is also — just like his charge that the Democrats were “politicizing” Kennedy’s death — a big fat case of projection. (Funny how the Republicans talking up Strom Thurmond and Ronald Reagan never got accused of “politicizing” their deaths. But I digress.)
Huckabee is the one who would tell an elderly woman who couldn’t afford surgery to go home, take a pain pill, and die. And by opposing any sort of meaningful reform, that’s exactly in essence what he’s doing. Why doesn’t our mainstream say this?