If You Think ObamaCare is a Bad Idea, You Just Might Be a Redneck…or a Liberal Newspaper…


…or a racist, a birther, or a militia member.

Via HotAir comes the warbling rants of Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.):

Why all this discord and discourtesy, all this unprecedented destructive action? All to break the momentum of our new young president.

They are desperate to break this president. They have ardent supporters who are nearly hysterical at the very election of President Barack Obama. The birthers, the fanatics, the people running around in right-wing militia and Aryan support groups, it is unbearable to them that President Barack Obama should exist.

HotAir's Ed Morrissey asks how the liberal Seattle Times' opposition to ObamaCare fits into such a passion play?

Which of these three groups does the Seattle Times editorial board belong? Their editorial [telling Congress to drop health care reform] does not come from a bastion of right-wing thinking.  It comes from a newspaper that backed Barack Obama for President and who cheerleads for universal coverage, in a state that regularly elects liberals to the Beltway. The Seattle Times says that it's time Congress smelled the coffee and put ObamaCare out of its misery, and started focusing on the real crisis in the US.

By "real crisis," The Seattle Times means the economy, and the ineffective ways in which the feds have responded thus far. Read more here.

Matt Welch discussed whether racism plays a role in anti-Obama sentiments on The NewsHour. Watch here.

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  1. More of the same old same old.

    They cannot address the substance of why opponents actually oppose what they’re doing so they have to set up a strawman to knock over.

  2. The Seattle Times says that it’s time Congress smelled the coffee and put ObamaCare out of its misery, and started focusing on the real crisis in the US.

    Wow. Of the three Seattle area “papers” (the Times, the P/I, and Seattle Weekly), the Times is the furthest from the left, but this is still a surprise to see.

    1. Dude, what about The Stranger?

      1. Homos don’t count. I only pretend they matter when I did their money and votes.

      2. Forgot about them. Aren’t they just a wee bit to the left of the Weekly?

        1. The have Dan Savage writing for them! Doesn’t that count? I used to get the Village Voice solely for Savage’s column.

          1. Dan Savage is indeed an awesome columnist.

            1. Sure is. That is of course if you’re seeking affirmation for your sick, teisted fetishes.

    2. two words: Bruce Ramsey

  3. How about “all of the above”?


  4. I try to look on the sunny side of life. The good news is that we only have to listen to this chorus for a little under three more years. Yaaaaaaayyyyyy

  5. The “real crisis” is racist

  6. They are desperate to break this president.

    A greatful nation thanks them.

  7. A few progressive defections here, a bishops-influenced demand for the full Stupak amendment there . . . the bill can still die!

  8. Wasn’t there a Richard Hofstadter drinking game going on? Or was that called off due to risks of alcohol poisoning?

  9. All to break the momentum of our new young president.


    Get the smelling salts, and clear those coats off the fainting couch!

  10. Obviously, the Seattle Times’ office has been taken over by some Idaho militia group and is publishing insane racist editorials.

  11. Hasn’t Ezra Klein informed Firedoglake and the Seattle PI how they are calling for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people?

    1. I think Harry Reid said about the same thing on the Senate floor today.

  12. it is unbearable to them that President Barack Obama should exist.

    “Unbearable”? Well, perhaps to the *birthers*.

    Seriously, what Gilbert Martin said.

  13. Keep it up funnyman. You might drive us to join the militia by the time your gang is done.

    But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security.

    Might as well hang for being a Lion as a Lamb.

    1. My personal favorite grievance:

      He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.

      The more things change…

      1. HEY!!! Clich?s are MY realm!

        silly human

  14. Whitehouse is correct about the color brown worrying me right now, but it’s not the hue of Obama’s skin, but the shade of his party’s politics.

  15. I hope someone takes him up on his rhetoric and guts the fucker.

    1. If Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse is going to label a majority of country crazy, then maybe they should act out that crazy…starting with him.

      1. “Tar and feather him! Tar and feather him!”

        “Hey, wait a minute! We ain’t got any tar!”

        “And we ain’t got any feathers!”

        “We got spoons!”

        “And we got airplane grease!”

        “Grease and spoon him! Grease and spoon him!”

  16. My eyes glazed over about two weeks ago. I can’t bring myself to read another article on health care. Last I heard we were getting some free shit. I give up. Sounds good to me.

    1. You won’t believe how much that free shit’s gonna cost.

      1. “But it’s really great shit!”

        1. It’s just that we’re too stupid to spend our own money on it, so we have Harry and Nan to do it for us.

          1. It is really really good shit but you have to smoke a lot of pot first.

  17. Free unlimited health care is your right, comrade!

  18. All to break the momentum of our new young president.
    Last I heard his momentum was in the downward direction.

  19. All to break the momentum of our new young president.

    Since that momentum is over the edge of a cliff, anyone who breaks it is doing Hopey McChange a huge favor.


    1. But eventually a free fall from a cliff ends in an abrupt break in momentum, too.

  20. I don’t know why the Democrats keep going back to the racist well. It didn’t work last time, Obama’s numbers continue to slide. Independent people are starting to realize their misguided vote in 2008 opened the door to a very ugly political tactic.

    1. That’s exactly what I’d expect a racist to say. 😉

    2. Speaking of going back to the well, how much longer is Obama going to whine that everything is all Bush’s fault and he’s just trying to fix it.

      That was total BS the first time he spouted it – the subsequent 1,000 repetitions didn’t make it fly any better.


    1. Grease and spoon him! Grease and spoon him!

  22. All to break the momentum of our new young president.

    Maybe if Obama makes nice, Lieberman will lend him some Joementum.

  23. If You Think ObamaCare is a Bad Idea, You Just Might Be a Redneck…

    Redneck!? What black-assed racist bastard said that?

    1. I never understood why Rednecks love Jeff Foxworthy so much.

      1. I never understood why Rednecks love Jeff Foxworthy so much.

        Because they can laugh at their own foibles, and because Foxworthy comes off as one of them.

        Broadly speaking, humor works like this:

        “There is a disconnect between what theoretically should happen and what happened!”

        Humor Type 1:

        “Boy, that means that those things (or people) that don’t live up to our ideals are stupid!”

        Humor Type 2:

        “Boy, that means our ideals are stupid!”

        1. Funniest comedian in the history of mankind is bound to be a Jewish redneck.

          Casually related, I do know of a Rabi who became a Baptist minister of a church in the Asheville area. Wished I had taken the time to meet him. Bet he told a good joke or three.

          1. So one day I come out in the yard, and there’s Mel Gibson bathin’ in my dawg tub out there. The guy’s not wearin’ a stitch, and he ain’t usin’ any soap. I can see ever’thin’. I mean, ever’thin’! I says “Mel, whaddya doin’ in my tub? That’s for dawgs!” He says “Shaddap! Whadda’ you lookin’ at, Sugah Tits?”

          2. I think that dude ran for Governor of Texas.

    2. Dude, it’s OK. Nick is white. He can say that.

  24. Obviously someone has been sapping the precious bodily fluids of Sen. Whitehouse and Rep. Grayson. Am I the only one who feels like Congress got a new dial for their crazy that goes to 11?

  25. Top Twenty Five Features of ObamaCare

    1. Medical degrees from Devry.
    2. Mandatory organ donor cards.
    3. Lighters used to sterilize syringes.
    4. Stomach stapling done at Office Max.
    5. Coin operated morphine dispensers.
    6. Tap water is a plasma substitute.
    7. Homeless people all have only one kidney.
    8. Free cremation with any major operation.
    9. Bunkbeds in the Intensive Care Unit.
    10. Your first dose of narcotics is free.
    11. Special “showers” for the elderly.
    12. Tongue depressors taste like Popsicles.
    13. None of the nurses speak English.
    14. The hospital cafeteria failed its health inspection.
    15. Ambulances have meters.
    16. Hospital walls are infested with “lab” rats.
    17. Do-it-yourself heart bypass kits.
    18. Wind up pacemakers.
    19. You make up your own hospital bed.
    20. Anesthesia comes in a bong.
    21. Patients’ meals are MREs.
    22. Leeches make a comeback!
    23. Hospital TVs are all turned to MSNBC.
    24. Sears surgical tools.
    25. A visit to the hospital will automatically cancel your life insurance policy.

  26. So according to JaNeen Garofalo, Howard Dean is a straight up racist? Awesome!

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