All week long, conservatives have been whining that President Obama’s offer for a televised bipartisan health care summit was a trap. As Jon Stewart said, it’s only a trap if you “got nothing.” If you come prepared with compelling ideas, it’s not a trap, it’s an opportunity.
So how are Republicans planning to use this opportunity?
By putting in the summit spotlight the craziest of the crazy.
Here’s are the highlights of the Republican summit line-up, along with their most famous quotes:
Rep. Paul Ryan, on his Medicare privatization plan:
Rep. Marsha Blackburn, on congressional response to natural disasters:
Rep. Charles Boustany, on the president’s citizenship:
Rep. Joe Barton, on greenhouse gas emissions:
“I would also point out that CO2, carbon dioxide, is not a pollutant in any normal definition of the term. … I am creating it as I talk to you. It’s in your Coca-Cola, you’re Dr. Pepper, your Perrier water … You can’t regulate God.”
Sen. John Barrasso, trafficking in the “death panel” smear:
Sen. Tom Coburn, on homosexuality:
Oh it’s going to be an awesome six hours tomorrow.