Finding Fault With The Blameless: The Rootin’, Tootin’, Republican-Shootin’ Howard Dean

Howard Dean, a man quick to condemn anyone with an “R” in front of their name, seemed incapable of not blurting out yet another insanity on “Morning Joe” recently.  In case, y’know, anyone was unaware of what he thought of Republicans (h/t to National Review):

Unite the clans!

Unite the clans!

Howard Dean blamed both Republican lawmakers and governors for Obamacare’s woes since its online launch earlier this month. Dean complained that governors forced the Obama administration to implement a large federal exchange by refusing to create their own state-level exchanges.

I guess Dean has forgotten that Obama wanted a massive federal exchange. Which kind of pops the whole Dean balloon here. From the Heritage article link:

The Obama Proposal. President Obama proposed a national health insurance exchange as elemental to his health care reform agenda. There are precious few details in Obama’s campaign documents on the national health insurance exchange itself or how it would function. He briefly described it as a “watchdog” agency.[8]

I guess Dean’s disappointed that the President didn’t watch the watchdog?  I’m sure a Republican is at fault for that, too.  Note that Dean fails to blame anyone who actually supported the law and its implementation, those who actually voted for it.  A short list of names here might be Pelosi, Reid, and Barry.  Er, Obama.

Dean goes on – inexorably, forward:

“First off all, in fairness, you have to blame Republicans for some of this because they delayed everything they possibly could, threw as many monkey wrenches into the process as they could,” the former Vermont governor said on Morning Joe on Thursday.

So, it’s fair now, Howard, to blame those who voted against this abomination, all of them in the House, every Republican, for the crashingly stupid idea of commandeering 1/6th of the economy to cover 30 million or so uninsured?  A constantly shifting pool of millions that were already largely covered by state programs, programs that could easily have been block-granted dollars by the USG, and everyone would have been covered – just like that?  With no need for a national train wreck, er, health care exchange?

Oh, and when you see a track wreck coming down the tracks, you try to push people out of the way to save as many as possible. You’d think a doctor would be on the side of saving people pain here.  But a decade or so in the DC limelight seems to have stripped rational thought from Dr. Dean’s worldview, since now it’s only fair to blame Republicans for Obamacare’s failings.  This is like blaming his patient for the injury the good doctor is forced to fix.

But Dean goes on to blurt:

“The problem is they shouldn’t have done a single-size-fits-all for the 36 states,” he continued. “Partly, I have to say, they had to do that because the Republican governors refused to accept exchanges.”

The problems are actually much, much larger than the former governor of one of the smallest states in the country thinks.  The website’s failures, and the entire project’s failures, have nothing to do with accepting exchanges or not – it has simply to do with the USG’s inability to manage complex and technical projects when its specifications are not defined, when the law itself is 2,700 pages of conflicting nonsense, and politicians – like Dean – are happy to tell people only good news and then run like hell (and point fingers) when there is bad news.  And it’s all bad news now.

Um, unless you’re Howard Dean, and it’s good news if you can throw some Republicans under the bus that they did not vote for.

Dean went on to downplay the problems facing the websites, saying the glitches are “not big.”

Only YOU can prevent liberals from imploding!

Only YOU can prevent liberals from imploding!

Despite all evidence to the contrary, of course. I’m assuming Howard reads the news now and again.  Really, Howard? What would constitute a big “glitch” in your world? Peoples’ homes burning down when they visit the website?

As a favor to Vermont’s former governor, I’m going to edit the article a bit here to help Howie out:

Dean went on to downplay the problems facing the websites, saying the glitches are “the fault of Republicans“.

See how easy that was?  You’re welcome, Governor.

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