Jonathan Gruber and His Defenders Think Their Audience Is Stupid

“Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage. And basically, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really really critical for the thing to pass… Look, I wish Mark was right that we could make it all transparent, but I’d rather have this law than not.” Jonathan “Grubby” Gruber, University of Pennsylvania in October, 2013.

As the media circles the wagons around Jonathan Gruber, Obama and ObamaCare, it’s really important to remember one key thing. They – like the people they’re trying to protect – think their audience is stupid. Media Matters, MSNBC, the New York Times, and the Washington Post, think that their readers’ confirmation bias makes them easy to fool, aka- stupid.

That line in the WaPo article has since disappeared – and has been replaced with:

Gruber’s comments were part of a broader public conversation between him and economist Mark Pauly on the economics of health care reform. Gruber was responding to a remark by Pauly about financing transparency in the law and the politics surrounding the ACA’s individual mandate. The political process, he said, striking a critical tone, resulted in inefficiencies in the law which should be corrected.

“In terms of risk-rated subsidies, if you had a law which explicitly said that healthy people pay in and sick people get money, it would not have passed,” he said. “You can’t do it politically, you just literally cannot do it. It’s not only transparent financing but also transparent spending.”

 Gruber went to the Regime’s propaganda arm MSNBC to explain his comments  and apologize for the confusion on Tuesday afternoon during an on-air interview with Ronan Farrow.

“The comments in the video were made at an academic conference,” Gruber said. “I was speaking off the cuff and I basically spoke inappropriately and I regret having made those comments.”

Although Gruber apologized for the language he used, Gruber said that the larger point he was trying to make centered on the political pressures that shaped the law. He added that those pressures “led to an incomplete law with some typos.”

The typos would later lead to “speak-os” as evidenced in the American Commitment video Gruber vs Gruber. (Watch with the words, “Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage. And basically, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really really critical for the thing to pass”…in mind.)

Note, that Gruber had chosen again to appear on the Regime’s propaganda arm to peddle this howler: “It is unambiguous this is a typo. Literally every single person involved in the crafting of this law has said that it’s a typo, that they had no intention of excluding the federal states.”

What Gruber said in January of 2012 was specific, detailed and in direct conflict with his later typo and speak-o claims.

And what he says is exactly what challengers to the administration’s implementation of the law have been arguing—that if a state chooses not to establish its own exchange, then residents of those states will not be able to access Obamacare’s health insurance tax credits. He says this in response to a question asking whether the federal government will step in if a state chooses not to build its own exchange. Gruber describes the possibility that states won’t enact their own exchanges as one of the potential “threats” to the law. He says this with confidence and certainty, and at no other point in the presentation does he contradict the statement in question.

Remember what I said yesterday, about the low opinion elites like Gruber have of the “American people” – not us, of course. Not conservatives because we were never fooled – but the lofos and liberals like those in the dwindling MSNBC audience . The guy peddles his BS where the Obama dead-enders congregate. They will apparently believe anything.

Linked by Liberty’s Torch in The Anti-Transparent Administration, thanks Francis!

 

WFB Supercut: Why The Dems Lost (Video)

When Republicans talk about improving their “brand” – they don’t mean changing or concealing their principles so they can be more palatable to certain constituencies that don’t traditionally vote Republican. They mean doing a better job reaching out and explaining their principles to those constituencies.

Democrats, on the other hand, get by through stealth –  their “how can we fool them today?” M/O. The reason they have to rely on phony “War on Women”, class warfare, race-baiting tactics, is because when they tell the truth about their agenda, they are rejected. That can lead to uncomfortable moments on the campaign trail when the media actually does their job and holds them accountable.

Keep in mind as you watch this, that these guys were the Democrats’ A team.

Via Washington Free Beacon.

Hat tip: White House Dossier

Rachel Maddow Distorted Stuart Varney’s Position On Cheap Gas To Fool Her Clueless Viewers

No, Rachel Maddow was not “humiliated” because she was outed by Stuart Varney  for ‘Lazy’ Journalism. If she were capable of humiliation or embarrassment she wouldn’t be working at MSNBC.
And no, she didn’t receive  “a lesson in journalism” after being caught  peddling a fraudulent report about Fox Business. Her low info audience only gets its news from left wing sources so they’ll never hear a correction. She knew she was on solid ground telling her “Faux News” hating audience that Stuart Varney is against lower gas prices because he hate-hate-hatey-hates our historic black president and they’ll never know anything different.
 The smirking Maddow ridiculed  a Fox Business screen cap that read, “Cheap Gas Hurts Economy?”
 The only problem with Maddow’s report: Fox Business contributor Stuart Varney was actually debunking the idea, not supporting it.

She then shared that with viewers and launched into a monologue where she made fun of the station as if it were supportive of the idea. But as Varney points out, “had she watched 15 seconds” of the program, she would have seen that they were actually against the theory.

“Rachel Maddow took me on and she got it wrong,” Varney said, adding that she had “turned to the classic style of the left: demagoguery without facts” and “twisting the truth” to fit an agenda.

“We posed the question to debunk it. She didn’t care to take time to notice that very important detail,” Varney said prior to playing the incriminating clip from Maddow’s show. “If Maddow watched just 15 seconds of the segment she showed so briefly on her program she would have known we were reciting a Wall Street Journal article that raised the premise of low gas prices hurting the economy. And we quickly dismissed that premise.”

Actually she noticed the detail, all right, and she cynically decided to demagogue the issue, anyway. What else is a lefty  going to report on, these days? The upcoming mid-term bloodbath? The Regime’s many scandals and failures? All the juicy stuff out there, has to be embargoed to protect their fellow travelers in high places. Even on PMSNBC I imagine, the War on Women refrain has gotten stale and Bridgegate is Oversville. They literally have to make stuff up just to provide content for their dumb shows.

 

“A Criminal Organization Masquerading As A Political Party” Part 7,692

The Democrat party has been accused of being “a criminal organization masquerading as a political party” but the New York Democrat party in recent days has taken the party’s mob-like tendencies to a new extreme.

Via the New York Post:

Democrats are telling voters that they had better head to the polls — or else.

The New York State Democratic Committee is bullying people into voting next week with intimidating letters warning that it can easily find out which slackers fail to cast a ballot next Tuesday.

“Who you vote for is your secret. But whether or not you vote is public record,” the letter says.

“We will be reviewing voting records . . . to determine whether you joined your neighbors who voted in 2014.”

It ends with a line better suited to a mob movie than a major political party: “If you do not vote this year, we will be interested to hear why not.”

The letter and accompanying post card was criticized even by party members, with one Democratic consultant saying it was the wrong way to inspire votes.

“It’s a threatening letter. It’s a scare piece that is unnecessary and inappropriate,” the insider said.

The threatening letter has created a backlash – look at the number of times the above tweet was retweeted.

Democrats in Brooklyn and Manhattan who received the note were reportedly furious, calling it “an attempt to browbeat them into showing up at the polls.”

“I’m outraged. Whether I vote or not is none of your business!” said a Manhattan voter, who was so incensed that she complained to a local Democratic leader.

“The letter is ludicrous and menacing,” said the voter, who requested anonymity. (Please don’t give them my name!)

Party sources say Governor Cuomo, who is highly favored to win his race against Republican Rob Astorino, is not behind the shame letters.

But Astorino scoffed, “Andrew Cuomo’s thuggish tactics just crossed the line into creepy territory . . . Threatening and intimidating people is not how honorable elected leaders operate.”

 

Dumbest Political Ad Of The Year Is An Insult To Women (Video)

The National Abortion Rights Action League can take a bow.

Their radio ad predicting a dystopian condomless future in which Science-Denier Cory Gardner (who is running for the Senate in CO against Mark “Uterus” Udall) has outlawed contraceptives, easily earns the award for dumbest political ad of the season.  It’s dumber even than anything Wendy Davis has put out there (including the loathsome wheelchair ad) and that’s saying something.

The ad seeks to deceive low info young women with “war on womeny” hysteria – rather than educate them with the truth. It is a massive insult to their intelligence.

The ad begins with some dude “mansplaining” to his ignorant girlfriend  “a near future in which Cory Gardner has banned birth control leading, somehow, to a complete unavailability of condoms and also college tuition.”

 

As John Sexton notes at Breitbart.com, “Cory Gardner has been running since June on a platform to make birth control pills available over-the-counter, i.e. without a prescription. I’m not sure how making something available more easily is tantamount to banning it.”

But that’s only one of  of the ad’s many problems with truth, logic, style, etc. Hit the link for Sexton’s humorous take on the rest.

Women in Colorado should be offended. And Mark Udall should be embarrassed that such a ridonkulous ad was put out there supporting him.

 

Goodlatte: There’s Increasing Evidence the WH Plans To Transport Ebola Patients From W Africa To US For Treatment

On the Kelly File, Monday night, Ed Henry reported on the growing controversy regarding the use of quarantines for Americans returning from West Africa. The White House is, of course, against quarantines and travel bans for doctors and nurses returning to the states after treating Ebola patients – basically any common sense action that can protect Americans they have a knee-jerk aversion to. The Pentagon on the other hand, is mandating 21 day quarantines for returning troops even thought they haven’t been in “the hot zone” in direct contact with patients.

Suspicion is growing that the White House is planning to bring Ebola patients from West Africa to the United States for treatment without consent from Congress.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte wrote to the president, last week, asking about those plans, and is still waiting for a response. Meanwhile, as Kelly notes, we’re hearing news that the Pentagon is building portable isolation units that can transport up to 12 Ebola patients on military planes.

“And the Pentagon says these are not meant for the troops who are serving on the Ebola mission.”

“There’s increasing evidence that they’re making those plans,” Goodlatte said. He claimed they received information about the plans from people within the administration.

SEE ALSO:

Some helpful information about the whiny nurse who wrote the anti-quarantine screed.

Got News: #Ebola Nurse Complaining About Quarantine is Left-Wing Democrat, CDC Employee WITH UPDATE

The nurse currently quarantined in New Jersey is an employee for the Centers for Disease Control and a registered Democrat with a history of left-wing advocacy, Gotnews.com has learned.

Kaci Hickox’s ties to the CDC were not disclosed in a controversial anti-quarantine column she wrote for the Dallas Morning News. The CDC opposes quarantines or travel bans from Ebola infected countries.

Initially turned down for Doctors Without Borders, Hickox applied for a position with the Centers for Disease Control’s infectious disease unit. She received that position and began a two-year fellowship in Las Vegas, NV where she currently still works.

Hickox’s travels as a nurse took her to Myanmar, Cambodia, and Nigeria and convinced her of the importance of quarantines and “health surveillance,” according to the University of Texas-Arlington newsmagazine. “I realize that we need to find better ways to improve health surveillance and outbreak response in settings with poor resources,” Hickox said. “My training in the EIS with the CDC will allow me to learn the gold standard of this kind of work.”

But Hickox, who is a registered Democrat in Nevada, is ignoring health surveillance as she pushes back against a mandatory quarantine for persons working with ebola in West Africa.

Conservative Treehouse: Activist Federal Healthcare Worker Kaci Hickox Released – Chris Christie Forced To Reverse Quarantine – As U.S. Military is Now Forced To Quarantine…

Why Does CNN host Carol Costello Still Have A Job?

She is a disgrace to CNN and if Jeff Zucker had any common sense or decency, she would have been fired, yesterday.

In case you haven’t been following this, something pretty extraordinary happened on CNN, this week.

Via The Right Scoop:

CNN host Carol Costello can barely contain her excitement over hearing the new audio of the ‘brawl’ in Alaska that involved Bristol Palin a few weeks back.

She started the segment by claiming it was possibly the best audio CNN had ever gotten:

“Okay I’m just going to come right out and say it. This is quite possibly the best minute and a half of audio we’ve ever come across.”

Costello then proceeded to describe the “massive brawl” and before playing the audio she told her viewers “so sit back and enjoy.”

What you are asked to “sit back and enjoy” is the sound of a tearful and near hysterical Bristol Palin describing to the police the physical assault she had just experienced.

You really have to see this to appreciate how massive the disconnect is between far leftists like Costello and normal human beings. There is nothing remotely funny about Palin’s distress in the audio.

It’s not too difficult for those of us who track and document left-wing thuggery, to see what was going on there.

Here, in Bristol Palin’s own words, is what happened.

Our friend got knocked out from a cheap shot from behind.  (His injury resulted in ten stitches, so it was really low.)

Why would anyone do this?  Well, here’s a hint.  The guy was on social media during this incident, tweeting, “about to get famous.”

When Willow saw all this happening she looked at the guy’s mom and said “get ahold of your son.”

But apparently the apple didn’t fall too far from the tree, because his mom pushed Willow.  A grown woman pushed my little sister.

By this point, I’d already gotten into the car.  But when Willow ran to me crying, telling me that some lady had pushed her down, I got out of the car to go talk to her.  Any big sister would do this.

Next to God, family is the most important thing to me.

***

But the evening that began so well took a turn for the worse when this guy decided he wanted to “get famous.”

After I got out of the car, I didn’t get far. I never even got to talk to his mom, because a guy in his late thirties or early forties got in my face.  He was towering over me – probably at 6 foot something and over 200 pounds. He puffed his chest out and started yelling.

“You c-nt!” he looked right in my eyes and said.  “Get the f-ck out of here, you slut!”

I was alarmed that things had gotten so bad so fast.  But it got even worse when this guy started pushing me.  He had his hands on me, pushing me down.  That’s when I swung and hit his face.

Some would say I should’ve never retaliated in defense against him, but certainly he should never have pushed a girl.   It didn’t phase him.  He pushed me down to the ground and kept me there.

It was scary and awful.  He held me down until someone got me out of the situation. 

That’s it – that’s the story.

What makes this story all the more remarkable is the gross double standard and mind boggling hypocrisy at play. Costello has gone on the record herself to talk about an assault she once suffered at the hands of an abusive boyfriend.

Via Noah Rothman at HotAir:

National Review’s Charles C. W. Cooke noted that Sullivan has heaped far less scorn on the sitting vice president whose son was recently revealed to have engaged in illegal activities which resulted in his discharge from the Navy – activities for which “he is unlikely to face so much as an interview with the police.” How’s that for inequality?

But Cooke focuses primarily on an even stronger point, one which was first observed by The Daily Caller’s Matt Lewis: Where are the feminists rending garments over the callous way in which a physical assault on a woman by a man is being portrayed in the press?

“Anyone who is concerned about a ‘war on women’ — but not disturbed by this report — is clearly biased,” Lewis wrote.

Enter CNN anchor Carol Costello.

“I never wanted to become the poster child for anything, let alone domestic violence. But my blood is boiling, so when I say shut up, I’m venting at all those people out there who insist on blaming the victim,” Costello wrote with righteous fury directed at the National Football League (and the morning show Fox & Friends) over what she considered an insufficient level of concern for an incident involving Ray Rice striking his fiancé.

Costello goes on to reveal that she, too, was the victim of what sounds like a horrible assault by her college boyfriend. It was a brave thing for her to admit, and it made her commentary on the lax treatment Rice received from the NFL that much more powerful. But this admission also branded her take on the Palin assault as one which is inexplicably hypocritical.

Costello offered an apology without an explanation in a statement to Politico:

CNN’s Carol Costello apologized on Thursday for joking about a police recording of Bristol Palin.

“Over the past few days I have been roundly criticized for joking about a brawl involving the Palin family. In retrospect, I deserve such criticism and would like to apologize,” Costello said in a statement to POLITICO.

No ma’am. You deserve more than just criticism. You have disqualified yourself from holding a job at a still somewhat respected (debatable, I know) news organization. Folks on Twitter are demanding that she apologize on the air, which she’ll no doubt do, (if she hasn’t already) but after this disgraceful episode, there should be only one place left in the TV news business for her:

UPDATE: 

Mark Levin weighs in.

UPDATE II:

 John Nolte at Breitbart contacted CNN to see if she plans to do an on air apology. The answer was no. The half-hearted statement to Politico was it.

Linked by Doug Ross, thanks!

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