A few days ago, I said to a friend that I thought the newest proposal to open up Medicare to those less than 65 was a shrewd political move. After positioning themselves as the “protectors of Medicare”, I thought that the Republican party would have a hard time now demonizing it. My friend disagreed. Turns out he was right:
A December 6th press release from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell read:
One day later, the next day, he put out another press release:
I just can’t stomach hypocrisy – from anyone. This is just too important. If you oppose health care reform as prescribed, if you are willing to talk about what you think is wrong with it and how you would improve it, if you are willing to do so open and honestly – they you and I will get along just fine.
This, however, is just politics without convictions. It’s dangerous.