Rep. Joe Walsh (S-IL) has lately said that his opponent, Iraq war vet and double amputee Tammy Duckworth, is not a hero. Now he's loudly denying that he said she wasn't a hero, but he can't even defend himself using the Greg Brady Exact Words rule -- if you say Candidate X won't shut up about her heroism, and you also say "true heroes" don't talk about their heroism as much as Candidate X does, then you have just said that Candidate X is not a "true" hero, thus a "false" hero, thus not a hero. What in the world does anyone see in a man who takes a decade to settle up on six figures of child support payments, who says "American Jews aren't as pro-Israel as they should be," who yells at constituents who disagree with him? I'm not sure I ever want to meet someone who thinks this inveterate defender of the rich and powerful "tells it like it is."
Meanwhile, House Republican candidate Chris Collins (NY-27) tells us that people don't die from prostate cancer, breast cancer, and "some of the other things" anymore, because of Teh Technology. Of course, the number of folks who die from these two cancers every year exceeds zero by some 70,000, but Mr. Collins goes on to say that health care costs go up not because of insurance corporation greed or our government's failure to curb pollution, but because health care can do so much more for us now than even thirty years ago! That might be true for people like Mr. Collins, who can buy whatever they can imagine, but that surely doesn't justify crap policies like "selling health insurance across state lines," which only stops states from curbing absurd insurance premium hikes, and "tort reform," which only stops ordinary citizens like you and I from banding together against corporations that hurt us. Yeah, we need more people like Chris Collins -- in the government cheese line.