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Of petards and attempts to rewrite history
Posted by: McQ on Thursday, October 11, 2007

This SCHIP story is absolutely fascinating to watch develop. Faiz at Think Progress:
This morning, CNN aired its first report on the right-wing smear campaign against 12-year old SCHIP recipient Graeme Frost. CNN pinned the blame on Democrats for assault on the Frost family.

CNN’s John Roberts reported: “Some of the accusations [against the Frosts] may be exaggerated or false. But did the Democrats make a tactical error in holding up Graeme as their poster child?” A CNN political analyst then placed the blame squarely on the Democrats’ shoulders:
I think in this instance what happened was the Democrats didn’t do as much of a vetting as they could have done on this young man, his situation, his family. [...]

More and more, Congress is acting less like a deliberative legislative body, and more like a political campaign. We’ve been seeing the politicization of every aspect of government.
Now to me that seems an eminently fair assessment. Additionally, I think Roberts nails what has happened in Congress. But not Faiz:
This isn’t mere political theatrics. You wouldn’t know it from the CNN report, but Congress did actually pass an SCHIP expansion that is overwhelmingly supported by the American public. Moreover, the Democratic-led Congress has been acting like a “legislative body,” breaking the record for the highest number of roll call votes in history.
Got that? Progress is now defined as "the highest number of roll call votes in history". You know, most observers would obviously ask what the outcome of those votes was (zipppo for the vast majority) but that would quickly expose the absurdity of the statement and I'm sure TP isn't in the mood for that.

As for the theatrics claim, let's review what it was that Graeme Frost delivered, shall we? Oh, yes, the Democratic response, written by Democratic Congressional staffers on the SCHIP legislation. A political response.

Are they really going to pretend there were no cheap theatrics involved in that little move?
The CNN report disturbingly suggests that Democrats are to be faulted for daring to a put a human face on the SCHIP program — a health care program for kids.
"Disturbingly suggests"? Yeah, it would have been much more accurate to say Democrats exploited a 12 year old for political purposes, wouldn't it? Again, to the adults out here, that's precisely how it appeared. But the Democrats, in another giant political miscalculation, thought they could play the "Absolute Moral Authority" card without consequence if they got a kid to carry their water.

Now they want us to forget that part of it. Instead we get nonsense like this:
In other words, it’s the Dems fault that the Frost family is being ripped to shreds by the Right? This is like saying “it’s your fault if you lead your cow into a river full of piranha.” Yes, righties are behaving like a school of piranha, and the Dems should have known this would happen.
Notice how the narrative starts in the middle? A much more accurate analogy would be leading your 'cow' to market and trying to sell it as such and a potential buyer noticing something not quite right about it, pulling the disguise off of and discovering a donkey underneath. And ugly one too.

The problem is, the Dems didn't know that would happen and now they're trying to rewrite the story, ignore the beginning and pretend it's all about "piranha and cows".
 
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"...much more accurate to say Democrats exploited a 12 year old for political purposes..."

Unlike, say Bush’s use of Ashley Faulkner, who’s mother died in 9/11 in 2004 ads?

From the Salon article:

"Fortunately for Bush, no debate arose over the ethics of using a motherless child in a campaign commercial. In the past, grieving parents have occasionally filmed spots for candidates, often regarding crime and punishment issues. But rarely have children been used to talk about the death of a parent in the context, even indirectly, of presidential politics. "When I heard about the idea I thought there was a potential problem with exploitation," says Green."

I guess the left treated Ashley and her family with a little more courtesy. Am I right in concluding that you are saying she was fair-game and should have been investigated and discredited?
 
Written By: Not the senator
URL: http://
Well, I suppose if Ashley HADN’T lost her mother at the WTC, the left would have pounced on it.

Would that have been OK??

Other then that fact, what was there to discredit?
 
Written By: Keith_Indy
URL: http://asecondhandconjecture.com
Unlike, say Bush’s use of Ashley Faulkner, who’s mother died in 9/11 in 2004 ads?
No one here is claiming that both sides aren’t guilty of political exploitation. Instead we’re talking about this particular case of exploitation and the reaction to it.

I assume by your reply you agree it was a case of exploitation and the "they do it to" is the best rebuttal you have.
 
Written By: McQ
URL: http://www.qando.net/blog
By July, a production crew hired by the Progress for America Voter Fund, a Republican special-interest group, was filming the commercial at the Faulkners’ home. The Bush campaign saved it for the end and released it in October.
And who exactly did this, I mean, decided to use it. Sounds like it was the PAVF, and not the Bush campaign that made the commercial and decided to run it.

Graeme was selected to speak on behalf of Democrats, by Democrats.

But I would agree to a moratorium on the use of ANY CHILDREN in any collaboration with politicians of any party. So, no more lining up kids behind a politician anywhere for any political purpose. No more using children as spokespeople for any political issue.

I can live with that, but I doubt the liberal/leftist/progressive/democrats would agree to it.

And lest anyone think 9/11 should be verboten in campaign commercials...
At nearly the same time that "Ashley’s Story" was released, Democrats began airing their own ad featuring a 9/11 next of kin. New Jersey 9/11 widow Kristen Breitweiser, speaking into the camera, talked about Bush’s opposition to the 9/11 commission.
 
Written By: Keith_Indy
URL: http://asecondhandconjecture.com
Unlike, say Bush’s use of Ashley Faulkner, who’s mother died in 9/11 in 2004 ads?
Not that you had any credibility after your rants of the last few days, but when I read this, I merely thought ’what a maroon’.
 
Written By: meagain
URL: http://
My point, for the sake of meagain, was that both left and right have used children as spokepeople (often) but I don’t think you can find a single case where the left went after the family as the way to respond.

This reminds me of the personal savaging that Terry Schiavo’s husband suffered. None of which had anything to do with the issue of leaving the decision about maintaining someone on life support to the family and their physicians instead of to politicians.
 
Written By: Not the senator
URL: http://
My point, for the sake of meagain, was that both left and right have used children as spokepeople (often) but I don’t think you can find a single case where the left went after the family as the way to respond.
Huh. You don’t suppose their portrayal of the child was accurate do you? And of course, you have to wonder if what the child said was written for them by Congressional staffers and used as a political rebuttal by a political party, don’t you?
 
Written By: McQ
URL: http://www.qando.net/blog
If Ashley Faulkner was trying to scam some money out of me, I would encourage anybody, left or right, to expose the heinous Faulkner Crime Family as the rapscallions they are.

Face it, your demagoguing douchetools in Congress dropped the ball here in an extremely embarassing fashion. They pushed out in front the exact poster family the right could point at and say, "Here’s why we oppose this expansion."

Don’t compound their idiocy by trying, feebly, to defend it.
 
Written By: spongeworthy
URL: http://
Petards or Retards?
 
Written By: shark
URL: http://
Well, I suppose if Ashley HADN’T lost her mother at the WTC, the left would have pounced on it.

Would that have been OK??
And there’s the whole point, Keith. The democrats pitched this SCHIP has adressing a need.

The poster child they chose wasn’t needy, by virtue of a lack of money, but by mis-planning parents who didn’t want to take responsibility for the five kids they squirted out. Brutal, but then again the truth often is.

Even if one assumes that S-CHIP is the way to go, the Democrats messed up the PR effort by picking the wrong poster child.


 
Written By: Bithead
URL: http://bitsblog.florack.us
Wait wait wait wait wait....how does this analogy work?
This is like saying "it’s your fault if you lead your cow into a river full of piranha."
Your cow?
You lead?
into River full of pirhana?

Who’s fault would that be? (Duh looker! The pirhanas of course!)

Good heavens! No wonder they’re surprised by the reaction, they don’t think it’s they’re fault they dragged the Frosts into this.

Of course if you lead your cow into a river full of Pirhana’s it’s your fault!

Now if they came up with an accurate analogy, we’d be able to place blame so that’s right out.
Can’t they even come up with a decent analogy?
They (The dems) can’t even accept personal responsibility in a frickin analogy they create!

BitHead - BINGOOOOOOOOOOOO! but they don’t want to hear that - it’s about to become another MoveOn vs Rush Limbaugh moment in the blogosphere (see, we already have the use of Ashley Faulkner).
 
Written By: looker
URL: http://
Look, this is all very simple:

The Frosts can’t pay their medical bills.
Therefore, the government should pay their medical bills.

QED.

 
Written By: abw
URL: http://abw.mee.nu
Unlike, say Bush’s use of Ashley Faulkner, who’s mother died in 9/11 in 2004 ads?
What one was that? Nice Salon link but I’m not registered, so here is a guess: the late teens girl who met Bush at some rally or something who told him about her mom dying in the WTC, he hugged her, and someone took a picture. I remember that.
 
Written By: jows
URL: http://
The Frosts can’t pay their medical bills.
Therefore, the government should pay their medical bills.

QED.
Correction, the government already DID pay their medical bills.

Now, we needed to expand the program because?
 
Written By: looker
URL: http://
The irony is that with the family income level claimed, they were already under 2x the poverty level for a family of 7. Most states require around 2x to qualify for S-CHIP and most eastern states are even >2x.

http://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty/07poverty.shtml

In other words, they should have been covered by S-CHIP already if their claims were accurate.


 
Written By: jpm100
URL: http://
As for the theatrics claim, let’s review what it was that Graeme Frost delivered, shall we? Oh, yes, the Democratic response, written by Democratic Congressional staffers on the SCHIP legislation. A political response.
So...people aren’t supposed to get involved in politics.

Check.
 
Written By: jpe
URL: http://
"So...people aren’t supposed to get involved in politics."

No, people should be able to figure out when they are being used for politics.

I suspect Cindy Sheehan is standing around in an empty room wondering what happened to all her friends and family.

Rick
 
Written By: Rick Caird
URL: http://
So...people aren’t supposed to get involved in politics.
Adults should be involved in politics.

Children really shouldn’t be...
 
Written By: Keith_Indy
URL: http://asecondhandconjecture.com
What one was that? Nice Salon link but I’m not registered, so here is a guess: the late teens girl who met Bush at some rally or something who told him about her mom dying in the WTC, he hugged her, and someone took a picture. I remember that.
Yep, obviously a fabrication by the VRWC.
 
Written By: Don
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