GOOD ADVICE…. Rachel Maddow’s segment last night on this insulting Washington Post op-ed from Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) is well worth watching.
There are, of course, two problems with Hatch’s op-ed piece. The first is that it’s shamelessly dishonest, and evidence of a lack of integrity and seriousness among congressional Republicans. The second is that the Washington Post would publish a piece filled with demonstrable inaccuracies, with claims that are at odds with the paper’s own reporting.
Rachel highlighted both problems. On the former, she noted that the piece “has so many blatant, out-right, laugh-out-loud falsehoods in it that it made me wonder if maybe there’s a deal or something. Where if you’re a United States senator who’s been in office for 33 years like Orrin Hatch has, you just don’t get fact-checked anymore in the Washington Post. They just agree to let you print whatever you want. Is that the rule? ‘Cause if it isn’t the rule, than how do you explain this?”
But her commentary on congressional Republicans, directed at the lawmakers themselves, was especially important:
“You are not making serious arguments, and you do not believe what you’re saying. It’s disproven by your record. In the case of Orrin Hatch, you are flat-out lying about the history of the tactic that Democrats are going to use to pass health reform. Doing that, lying about what’s been done, lying about the record, lying about this tactic is not actually a substitute for making an honest argument against health reform.
“For the Washington Post to print something like this is bizarre. For these established, supposedly mainstream senators to try to get away with this is an insult to everyone they’re addressing, and to the media, in particular. And for us all to just let this slide and call it ‘politics,’ is to surrender to cynicism profoundly.
“Listen, health reform is going to pass. Chuck Grassley, Lamar Alexander, John McCain, Orrin Hatch — you can’t stop it. You can’t stop health reform. You tried, but you can’t. But you can stop embarrassing yourselves with the blatant hypocrisy and the lying.
“C’mon, get serious. The country needs real debate. The country needs real opposition. The country needs you guys to grow up.”