We finally got rid of Bloody Bill Kristol on Fox, but now he's been cropping up on every network from CNN, to MSNBC, to NBC, to ABC, to CBS. Why? Did they all decide that they were somehow missing out by not having him on the air to lie to the public unchallenged day in and day out when he was working for Fox?
CBS' John Dickerson proved himself to be just as feckless a host as Face the Nation regular, Bob Schieffer, when he allowed Kristol to pretend that Republicans have some "new" alternative to the Affordable Care Act coming, and that Rep. Paul Ryan is just waiting to unveil it to the public right after the new year.
I guess it was expecting too much of Dickerson to ask Kristol why the public should believe that some "new" plan by Ryan is going to be any different than his "old" plans, since we've heard this song and dance before. Year after year we're told that the Republicans are rolling out some bold new plan to win over new voters, and year after year, it's the same old agenda wrapped up in some pretty new packaging.
And we all know what their "alternative" to the ACA is already -- buying insurance across state lines and "torte reform."
Meet the new plan. Same as the old plan. Kristol knows full well the Republicans aren't going to offer anything new at the start of the year, but that's not going to stop him from lying about it as long as he's allowed air time on our television networks with hosts who sound like they're reading straight from Republican press releases.
Transcript via CBS below the fold.