Stay classy, Mike Huckabee:
Conservative media figures are blasting Democrats for trying to draw political gain from the death of Senator Ted Kennedy. But on Thursday, it was one of their own — former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee — who went there.
The 2008 Republican presidential candidate suggested during his radio show, “The Huckabee Report,” on Thursday that, under President Obama’s health care plan, Kennedy would have been told to “go home to take pain pills and die” during his last year of life.
I wonder if Ben Smith will keep worrying about a “Wellstone effect?”
What is most offensive about Huckabee’s babble is that not only is he making shit up, a favorite Republican pasttime, but he clearly has no idea what Kennedy even suffered from:
And when Mr. Kennedy learned he had brain cancer last year, he became one of the millions whose fate was not much changed by the cancer war. Despite billions that have been spent, the death rate from most cancers barely budged.
Mr. Kennedy’s cancer, a glioblastoma, kills almost everyone who gets it, usually in a little over a year. Although he got the most aggressive treatment, Mr. Kennedy lived just 15 months after his diagnosis — just about the median survival for patients with his type of tumor who got the radiation and chemotherapy regimen that has become the standard of care.
“This remains just a dreadful tumor,” said Dr. Eugene S. Flamm, a neurosurgeon at Montefiore Medical Center in New York. Dr. Flamm, who was not involved with Mr. Kennedy’s treatment, added that when a patient developed glioblastoma, “there is not a hell of a lot you can do.”
Going home and taking pain pills is pretty much the only option with what Kennedy had. He knew it, as he repeatedly stated he wanted to make a good ending for himself, surrounded by friends and loved ones, sailing, and hanging out with his dogs. And so he did.
The Republicans are just pig ignorant, vicious, shameless, and they never get called on it. Ever. That is why DougJ finds it absolutely amazing that Conor would spend 22 paragraphs discussing the rantings of an unhinged lunatic. You might as well spend 22 paragraphs talking about Joe the Plumber’s deep thoughts. They are not a serious party, and they won’t be until they start calling out the hucksters, liars, and crass opportunists. Quite honestly, I don’t see that happening anytime soon, and why should it? The media never makes them pay, worthless shit peddlers like the smirking glibertarians at Reason are providing rhetorical cover for lunatics carrying guns to presidential events, an activity that would seem unthinkable to most sane people, and a lot of them have carved out a very lucrative lifestyle for themselves pushing the crazy. Gingrich raked in millions last year, Coulter and Beck and Limbaugh make a fortune, and Sarah Palin just quit her day job so she could join the wingnut welfare circuit.
Until that dynamic changes, why would they do anything differently? Every incentive is there for them to just make shit up. And so they do.