At yesterday’s health care discussion, Louise Slaughter told a moving story.
An elderly woman needed dentures but couldn’t afford them. Her sister had dentures. When she passed, the surviving sister “inherited” the dentures and used them as her own.
Rush Limbaugh thought that was the funniest thing the world’s ever heard.
This morning, I brought that audio with me to the Hill to ask some Representatives what they thought.
I wasn’t able to get Paul Ryan’s opinion; he fled as soon as I started playing the clip.
But Trent Franks had a long, reasoned discussion with me, and in it, drops a real stinker, beginning at around the 6:10 mark. He’s of the belief that blacks are “more devastated” today than they were under slavery because of the rate of abortion in the black community. It sounds an awful lot to me like the Congressman is suggesting that blacks were better off as slaves.
To be fair, Congressman Franks is as sincere as he is conservative. The issue of life never falls out of first place in his legislative priority list. I don’t believe for one second that he intends to insult anyone; I don’t think he sees the racism (or paternalism) in what he’s saying. Still… This is pretty bad.
Jason Chaffetz, who has had some pretty intemperate things of his own to say in his short time as a Congressman, has the sense to say that he disagrees with Rush’s lack of compassion.
Finally, Doc Hastings is just hilarious.
Look… Talk-radio, led by Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck, leads the Republican Party. The RNC is virtually impotent by comparison. Steele clowns, Rush frowns, and Steele (or any other Republican) apologizes. Elected Republicans simply cannot work with Democrats because Rush Limbaugh has the power to fire them if they do. So… until Rush Limbaugh is ready to work in a bipartisan manner, I don’t expect to see any such thing on the Hill.