When the Supreme Court ruled on the constitutionality of Obamacare, as one would expect, tempers were flaring by those who weren't particularly smitten by the law. Thankfully a certain congressman from Indiana provided some much needed perspective:
In a closed door House GOP meeting Thursday, Indiana congressman and gubernatorial candidate Mike Pence likened the Supreme Court’s ruling upholding the Democratic health care law to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, according to several sources present.Now, I know that seems pretty bad, but the congressman was thoughtful enough to apologize for not realizing other people could hear him:
“My remarks at the Republican Conference following the Supreme Court decision were thoughtless. I certainly did not intend to minimize any tragedy our nation has faced and I apologize,” Pence said in a statement to POLITICO.Right. You meant to maximize the tragedy of Obamacare actually being deemed constitutional. It's cool.
Now, seeing a Republican compare anything that they don't like to various tragedies involving thousands, or millions of people, by itself isn't really shocking in the least. But what makes this particular situation unique is where Pence said what he did.
See, it's one thing to compare Obama to Bin Laden or Pol Pot or whoever at say, a Tea Party rally, where they want to give their base lots of red meat. But that's not where this took place. It took place in a closed door meeting with other House GOPers. I would like to think that most Republicans (at least in congress) aren't unhinged, psychotic scumbags, and that while they may give lip service to the confederate flag bearers and flat Earthers, they themselves know better deep down. But this little incident makes me think that these guys are just as unhinged as the average tea bagger living in an underground bunker somewhere in Appalachia.
Mike Pence, deep down in his heart, truly does think that Obamacare is as big a tragedy as 9/11. And that should terrify a lot of people.
One last question: if Obamacare remaining constitutional is like 9/11, what's the equivalent comparison to the Holocaust? The expiration of the Bush tax cuts?