As many heard, yesterday the Terrible Twosome wrote this gem for the USA Today:
These disruptions are occurring because opponents are afraid not just of differing views - but of the facts themselves. Drowning out opposing views is simply un-American. Drowning out the facts is how we failed at this task for decades.Now, say what you will about the statement. Personally, I think it's ridiculously ironic, but that's not the point of this post.
The point is what Arkansas Democrat Sen. Blanche Lincoln said on the same day after making a similar statement over the weekend:
“Although I do believe that some of these protesters are disrespectful of other citizens in the audience who truly want to ask questions about health care, I shouldn’t have used the term ‘un-American,” Lincoln said.Yep. She had to backtrack and apologize. That's never easy for a politician to do. Not only does it crush their ego, but it also makes them look weak in the eyes of the electorate. But, with a tough election year coming up, she felt it was necessary.
“I support the right of every Arkansan to speak out and have their voices heard. I would just ask that we all continue to work in a constructive way to rebuild our economy and fine-tune our health care system so it works for all of us.”
But with a single column, Pelosi and Hoyer have made the apology worthless.
Their statement about "Un-American" protestors will be latched to the back of candidates in close elections with six simple words to be heard in commercials throughout next Fall: "Lincoln's allies in Congress have said...."
And there's nothing she can do about it.