A Festival of Wrong

Think Progress has listed some of the juicier examples of conservative FAIL:

– Dick Morris, Fox News commentator, November 4: “A deathblow to ObamaCare.”

– Fred Barnes, Fox News commentator, January 20: “The health care bill, ObamaCare, is dead with not the slightest prospect of resurrection.”

– Robert A. Levy, chairman of the Cato Institute, January 26: “That’s why Obamacare is dead.”

– Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA), Minority Whip, February 24: “Speaker Pelosi doesn’t have the votes in the House. . . . It is futile for for them to continue to try and push something on the American people that frankly won’t result in better health care.”

– Rep. Dan Boren (D-OK), March 3: “I think the votes are not there and I don’t see where we get them.”

– Cantor, March 5: “Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi doesn’t have the votesneeded to pass a health-care bill in the House of Representatives.”

– Rep. John Boehner (R-OH), Minority Leader, March 14: “If she had 216 votes, this bill would be long gone. They tried to pass it in September, October, November, December, January, February. Guess what? They don’t have the votes.”

– Boehner, March 17: Health care reform will pass “over my dead body.”

– Cantor, March 19: “[T]here’s no way they can pass this bill.”

I think the Fred Barnes quote gives me the warmest feeling inside.  He’s been one of the most ignorant Beltway insiders for years.

Flashback: Conservatives Guaranteed ‘Obamacare is Dead’ [TPM]

In other news, McSame has announced that there won’t be any Republican cooperation for the rest of the year. Apparently they’re going to lay on the Senate floor from now till November and cry until they get their way.

@al2o3cr: And it’s said that Mitt Romney called HCR an “unconscionable abuse of power” and is looking to lead the charge for repeal. As Josh asks … does Romney have any idea that like, later, voters will be able to see that he wrote this shit down?

I wish I could be there to witness when they have to face their corprat overlords (from what I understand, bet a lot of money that the status quo would remain the same) and explain how they were very very very very wrong.

Speaking of wrong:

Efforts to lift the ban were blocked by a 1993 Congressional amendment introduced by Senator Jesse Helms, Republican of North Carolina. Those who fought the law say Mr. Helms, who died in 2008, perpetuated decades of discrimination.

But just as the ban has disappeared, the curators of Mr. Helms’s legacy are trying to touch up the relevant history. Some want him seen as a savior to those with AIDS and a defender of gay rights.

Despite Mr. Helms’s storied opposition to “a homosexual lifestyle,” the Jesse Helms Center in Wingate, N.C., is challenging the idea that he was a “homophobe” or obstructive in the AIDS fight.

According to the center’s Web site, “It was Senator Helms who worked most tirelessly to protect the very principles of freedom that homosexuals are denied in many other nations.”

John Dodd, president of the Jesse Helms Center Foundation, recently disputed an editorial in the British newspaper The Guardian that vilified Mr. Helms for his role in the ban. Mr. Dodd argued that “two million Africans were alive” because of the senator’s work fighting H.I.V.

Assemblyman Tom Ammiano of San Francisco, whose partner Tim Curbo died from AIDS, said the Helms Center sought to sanitize the record. “It’s spitting on the graves of all the people who suffered,” Mr. Ammiano said, adding, “He was truly evil and very cavalier about it. He should be in the hall of shame.”

Around the time of Dubya’s coronation, the Retardicans realized that they didn’t even have to bother trying to keep their lies straight, or even trying not to contradict themselves in a single sentence.


And now another thrilling episode of Memory Hole Theatre.


I first read “Wingate, N.C.” to be “Wingnut, N.C.”


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