Liberals are sane, cerebral, and caring. Conservatives are crazy, dimwitted, and unfeeling. If you question the truth of these statements, just ask any liberal.
Ask Kevin Drum, who added a new descriptor in his most recent column in Mother Jones: liar.
Drum draws this conclusion from a statement made in Thursday’s debate by Herman Cain, who said of his 2006 diagnosis with stage 4 colon and liver cancer:
If we had been under Obamacare and a bureaucrat was trying to tell me when I could get that CAT scan that would have delayed my treatment.
My surgeons and doctors have told me that because I was able get the treatment as fast as I could, based upon my timetable and not the government’s timetable that’s what saved my life.
Drum quotes fellow liberal Paul Waldman, of the American Prospect, who reads quite a bit into Cain’s observation that Cain never actually verbalized before concluding:
You might say, ‘Well, nobody would be dumb enough to actually believe that,’ but you’d be so, so, wrong. It’s not just Cain. If you’re a conservative, you hear this kind of thing from politicians you like and trust, you hear it when you turn on Fox News and watch TV personalities you like and trust, and you hear it from radio hosts like Rush Limbaugh that you like and trust. You’ve heard it hundreds and hundreds of times. Were someone to tell you that it’s not just false but spectacularly, insanely false, you wouldn’t listen for a second.
Drum follows up with his own slightly less cranky variation on the same theme:
Not to put too fine a point on it, but this is a real problem for liberals. Sure, we cherry-pick evidence, we spin world events, and we impose our worldview when we talk about policy. Everyone does that. But generally speaking, our opinion leaders don’t go on national TV, look straight into the camera, and just outright lie about stuff. Theirs do. [Emphasis added]
The criticisms reveal less about Cain than they do about the critics, who clearly know less about the “Affordable Care Act” than they seem to think (here is some suggested reading), but I am straying from the main theme: us lyin’ conservatives.
A portion of the highlighted quote of Drum is worth repeating: “Our opinion leaders don’t go on national TV, look straight into the camera, and just outright lie about stuff. Theirs do.”
Really? So when the learned former Florida congressman Alan Grayson said in a speech before the House of Representatives that “Republicans [who refused to sign on to ObamaCare] want you to die,” he was being truthful? Or when countless Democrats in Congress and their MSM water carriers claimed that Paul Ryan’s budget blueprint was a thinly veiled plot to murder old people, they were being perfectly honest?
How about the left’s most celebrated “opinion leader,” Barack Obama? When his Secretary of Health and Human Services admitted in April to double-counting in the ObamaCare budget, was that just a simple miscalculation on the administration’s part or was it deceit? How about the president’s statement in 2009 that “you don’t raise taxes in a recession?” Was he speaking the truth then, or is he speaking it now when he is calling for a tax increase on the richest Americans.
As recently as last Monday, Obama spoke of his reluctance to put “all the burden for closing our deficit on ordinary Americans.” Was he merely exaggerating? Or are he and deep thinkers like Kevin Drum and Paul Waldman really that clueless about the share of the U.S. tax burden financed by the wealthiest tax filers?
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