Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Rep. Weiner shows Rep. Cohen how its done

Its clear that in the process of talking about repeal of the Affordable Care Act, the Republicans said some things that just blatantly are not true...things like claiming it will kill jobs, add IRS agents, and death panels.

In the midst of all of the talk about our public discourse, today two Democrats took to the floor of the House to call them out on that. I'd suggest that one of them (Weiner) got the job done and the other continued to be stuck in the muck (Cohen).

First of all, Rep. Cohen.

"They say it's a government takeover of health care, a big lie just like Goebbels," Cohen said, speaking of the notorious Nazi propgandist. "You say it enough, you repeat the lie, you repeat the lie, you repeat the lie and eventually, people believe it. Like blood libel. That's the same kind of thing."

Cohen continued to compare the GOP to Nazis as his rant went on.

"The Germans said enough about the Jews and the people believed it and you had the Holocaust. You tell a lie over and over again. And we've heard on this floor, government takeover of health care.

And now Rep. Weiner.

You know, I want to just advise people watching at home playing that now popular drinking game of 'you take a shot whenever Republicans say something that's not true.' Please assign a designated driver. This is going to be a long afternoon.

Same message. But humor always trumps hyperbole.

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