There are some more good posts on the mob hysteria over Graeme Frost. Kevin Drum writes,
As near as I can tell, the right-wing blogosphere has spent the past three years fantasizing obsessively about uncovering a new Rathergate. It was their great triumph (Blog of the Year from Time magazine!), and now it seems like hardly a month goes by without the hysterical discovery of yet another faked photo, planted note, or lying liberal. Almost without fail, though, they turn out to be…..wrong. Embarrassingly, completely, unquestionably, flat-on-their-faces wrong.
But they don’t give up. The latest example is 12-year-old Graeme Frost, whose great sin was to tape a radio address supporting expansion of the SCHIP children’s health program. Unsurprisingly, the latest crackpot loony brigade is headed up by the chief crackpot, Michelle Malkin, who has distinguished herself by staking out Graeme’s house and grilling his father’s friends. Other members of the brigade have dug up property records, scoured wedding announcements, checked out school websites, and when trash day comes will probably be rooting through their garbage barrels.
And the point of all this? To “prove” that the Frosts are secret zillionaires who don’t deserve government help with their medical bills. In this, the loon brigade is, as usual, embarrassingly, completely, unquestionably, flat-on-their-faces wrong. I’ll give you one guess about whether that’s going to stop them.
These are the same conservatives that insist that they love tax cuts, not because they are cold and selfish, but because it will unleash the entrepreneurial spirit that makes us Americans.
Well, Mr. Frost is an entrepreneur and small business owner.
And the tax cuts for the wealthy did not provide him with the financial security to afford health insurance for himself and his family. Nor did it do anything to reduce the cost of health insurance.
But the family has been able to get by, despite suffering unexpected medical expenses, in part because we have collectively pooled our resources to provide health insurance for millions of kids.
Without SCHIP, the Frosts’ entrepreneurial spirit may well have been crushed, literally and figuratively.
This does not concern conservatives.
All of a sudden, their patriotic love of entrepreneurship in pursuit of the American Dream has vanished.
Instead, conservatives are fine with making it a choice between being an entrepreneur and having health insurance for one’s family.
And John Cole writes,
I simply can not believe this is what the Republican party has become. I just canâ€™t. It just makes me sick to think all those years of supporting this party, and this is what it has become. Even if you donâ€™t like the S-Chip expansion, it is hard to deny what Republicans are- a bunch of bitter, nasty, petty, snarling, sneering, vicious thugs, peering through peopleâ€™s windows so they can make fun of their misfortune.
Iâ€™m registering Independent tomorrow.
See also Dave Neiwert.