You didn't need to be watching Fox "news" this Sunday to hear one Randite, TeaBircher, right-wing talking point after another repeated over and over. You could have just tuned on NBC and listened to the Beltway Villager cocktail circuit gang up on the one lonely Democrat on the panel this week, the Mayor of Baltimore, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.
The pundits in the media were dying to change the conversation to the rollout of The Affordable Care Act from the very first day the Republicans shut down the government, and constantly reminding their audiences that November is a long way away for anyone to be reading too much into the polls when the Republicans found themselves in the tank not so long ago. Now that the government has reopened, it's been nothing but one long relentless assault on the rollout of the web site and predictions about whether this means the end of Obama's presidency, or as they were "lamenting" here, whether this has been a "lost year" for his administration.
Rawlings-Blake did her best to push back at the nonsense being spouted by the rest of the panel during her appearance on Meet the Press, but a lot was left unchallenged given the fact they had her outnumbered four to one.
David Brooks admitted that government can somehow manage to handle sending out Social Security checks, but refused to acknowledge that it manages to run Medicare and the VA as well. Last time I checked, those were health care programs, David. And his buddy Chuck Todd got away with pretending that the healthcare.gov web site was being run by the government instead of a private contractor.
And then there was Mrs. Greenspan spouting the nonsense that the problems with the web site rollout is going to "risk of losing the credibility of government as an agent of change for a generation." She didn't offer any proof as to why, but just threw it out there as the conventional wisdom everyone is supposed to swallow. Who wants to take dibs she never said the same thing about the rollout of Bush's prescription drug program, or the invasion of Iraq for that matter?
Transcript below the fold for those that can't watch the clip.