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He credited Mitt Romney for not totally disavowing the Massachusetts bill during his presidential campaign, but said Romney’s attempt to distinguish between Obama’s bill and his own is disingenuous.

“The problem is there is no way to say that,” Gruber said. “Because they’re the same fucking bill. He just can’t have his cake and eat it too. Basically, you know, it’s the same bill. He can try to draw distinctions and stuff, but he’s just lying.”

Gruber is a passionate defender of the bill he helped create, even going to the extent of writing a graphic novel to help dispel the misconceptions that sprang up even before Sarah Palin uttered the fateful words, “death panel.” In the interview he doubts the good intentions of those trying to dismantle the bill, saying, “Look, if this succeeds, then Obama becomes F.D.R.” So if it does wind up being gutted it will be “on purely political grounds.”


Here’s a blast from the past — specifically, early 2010.

USA Today:

Vice presidential candidate — and GOP future presidential candidate? — Sarah Palin took out after White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel today for referring to a group of liberal activists as “retarded.”

“Just as we’d be appalled if any public figure of Rahm’s stature ever used the ‘N-word’ or other such inappropriate language, Rahm’s slur on all God’s children with cognitive and developmental disabilities — and the people who love them — is unacceptable, and it’s heartbreaking,” Palin wrote on her Facebook page. Palin’s son has Down’s Syndrome.

Emanuel has apologized to Special Olympics chairman Tim Shriver for using the word “retarded,” as reported here in The Wall Street Journal. (Emanuel modified the term with a trademark f-word).

Not only did Palin suddenly turn all PC about hurtful speech, but so did the entire rightwing blogosphere. The consensus was that Rahm Emanuel needed to be fired from the White House — preferably out of a cannon.

Now here’s today:

Political Wire:

Allegheny County, PA GOP chair Jim Roddey made a joke at a Republican election night party equating President Obama’s supporters with the mentally disabled, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Said Roddey: “There was a disappointment tonight. I was very embarrassed. I was in this parking lot and there was a man looking for a space to park, and I found a space for him. And I felt badly — he looked like he was sort of in distress. And I said, ‘Sir, here’s a place.’ And he said, ‘That’s a handicapped space.’ I said, ‘Oh I’m so sorry, I saw that Obama sticker and I thought you were mentally retarded.’”

According to the report, “the crowd hollered and clapped.”

So calling someone retarded used to be the worst thing ever — when a Democrat did it. When a Republican does it, wingnuts “hollered and clapped.”

Don’t expect Sarah Palin or the wingnut blogosphere to tear their hair out in outrage over this, because  — as is always the case — everything’s OK when a Republican does it.

Unlike these people who eat…

Well, duh. ;)

Well, duh. ;)


Sarah Palin has recorded a robocall supporting Texas Republican Senate candidate Ted Cruz in a tight primary at the end of this month. But, as a columnist for the Topeka Capital-Journal writes, some of the calls have been going to voters in Kansas.

“Hello, Texas!” begins the call. “I’m Sarah…

Hello one percent! More power to ya!

Sarah Palin today at a hedge fund conference in Las Vegas.


(via think-progress)

What Hillary said.

What Hillary said.


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Sarah Palin has an interesting definition of ‘help.’

A brokered convention would be a catastrophe for the GOP. If this is the sort of “help” Palin plans to give her party, she can expect a thank you note from the White House.