Soylent Green

SOYLENT GREEN…. I noticed Anonymous Liberal had a tweet this morning that struck me as funny:

Next GOP talking point: it’s made out of people!!!

I laughed because just this week, a friend of mine emailed a similar point:

Bold right-wing activists have leveled with the American people and explained how “Obamacare” will lead to euthanasia. Why haven’t they mentioned the second part of his nefarious scheme — to solve word hunger by converting the old folks into soylent green?

And the reason it’s funny is because it isn’t satire. The soylent-green talking point is already being repeated on Fox News, as if it were legitimate.

It must be challenging to be a political writer trying to parody conservative arguments. Prominent Republicans, who are either stark raving mad or pretending to be, are speaking publicly about “government-encouraged euthanasia” and “death panels.” How does a satirist exaggerate for effect when the right-wing has gone mad?

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Steve Benen

Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.