Friday, October 12, 2007

Dionne on Graeme Frost's attackers: "Meanies And Hypocrites"

It's worth remembering that Americans supported the expansion of SCHIP by something like 70% or better before the Republican Party and its blogger supporters took aim at a 12-year old boy and fired both barrels directly into the Republican Party's own feet. One can only wonder what the Republican Party's bizarre attacks on Graeme Frost have done to support for SCHIP and support for the Republican Party. I suspect that one of those numbers has gone up while the other has gone down.

The latest commentator from the mainstream media to weigh in on the Republican attacks on an injured child is E.J. Dionne, Jr., of The Washington Post:
A car crash in December 2004 left two of Halsey and Bonnie Frost's children comatose, Graeme with a brain stem injury and Gemma, his sister, with a cranial fracture.

The kids were treated, thanks to SCHIP. The Frosts spoke out so the public would know that real people lie behind the acronym.

Their reward was to be trashed on right-wing blogs and talk radio as if they were multimillionaires ripping off the system. The assault on the Frosts apparently began on the Free Republic Web site and quickly spread to National Review Online, Power Line and Michelle Malkin's blog, as well as Rush Limbaugh's radio show.
Graeme Frost was an effective spokesperson for SCHIP; he is, as they say, living proof of the value of the program. Cue the psychotic Republican bloggers:
The right is unapologetic. "The Democrats chose to outsource their airtime to a Seventh Grader," wrote National Review's Mark Steyn. "If a political party is desperate enough to send a boy to do a man's job, then the boy is fair game."

Okay, the Democrats are "fair game," but a 12-year-old? No wonder nobody talks about compassionate conservatism anymore.
Ouch! But to be fair, Republicans have been targeting children for a long time now, just ask Bridget McCain.

Okay, so Dionne has covered the "meanie" part of his title, what about the hypocrite part?
Most conservatives favor government-supported vouchers that would help Graeme attend his private school, but here they turn around and criticize him for . . . attending a private school. Federal money for private schools but not for health insurance? What's the logic here?
Yep, that's hypocrisy all right.

Read E.J. Dionne's "Meanies And Hypocrites" in its entirety at The Washington Post.

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