Responding to Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA)’s admittedly callous suggestion that an uninsured, seriously ill woman should just find a charity to take care of her (“Just for fun he said — get a job!“), MSNBC’s Ed Schultz crossed all sort of lines yesterday, with this tirade:
“[T]he Republicans lie! They want to see you dead! They’d rather make money off your dead corpse! They kind of like it when that woman has cancer and they don’t have anything for her. that’s how the insurance companies make money — by denying the coverage.
Democrats, what’s wrong with you? You can’t deal with these people!
For shame, Schultz. This, no doubt, will be used to retroactively justify all manner of reprehensible Republican rhetoric, from the old “death panel” lie to Joe Wilson (R-SC)’s now-famous outburst. Especially in this time of degraded political dialogue, we must hold ourselves to a scrupulously high standard, for our benefit, and that of our opponents. Or, if we’re going to push the limits, we should at least try some subtlety. Schultz violated both rules of common decency.
Besides, there’s so much better to be done with Cantor’s lovely remark. Is he his own, one-man “death panel” now? That’s every so slightly more polite, and exposes the ridiculousness of a popular Republican talking point. Schultz just has no style.