THEY’RE LAUGHING AT HIM, NOT WITH HIM…. We’ve seen plenty of examples of health care reform opponents trying to mislead the public at town-hall events. We haven’t, however, seen many examples of these opponents getting mocked by their audiences.

In this video, Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R-Kan.), who is currently running for the Senate, warned his Kansas constituents that Democratic reform proposals would cap physicians’ wages. Specifically, the far-right lawmaker claims, “[T]hey’re gonna set up a committee to determine what every doctor in America will make. They will set that fee, every doctor will make the same.”

As a factual matter, this is hopelessly ridiculous. Tiahrt must know he’s telling an over-the-top lie, but he obviously doesn’t care.

But the key here is noticing the audience’s reaction — they recognized the claim as nonsense, and began groaning at Tiahrt’s dishonesty.

Chris Harris added, “Kansas is a very conservative state home to some of President Obama’s more fervent critics. Had Rep. Tiahrt stuck to some of the more common fear-mongering falsehoods surrounding the health care debate, he probably would have gotten away with it. However, he decided to swing for the fences by making up one of the most ridiculous claims to surface in the health care debate — and the crowd didn’t buy it.”

Steve Benen

Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. 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.