Apparently Goldfarb has the day off, so it is Matt Continetti’s turn to attempt to rebut Klein’s latest piece that DougJ linked to:
I don’t know whether Joe Klein believes Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin is a “nihilist” and a “hypocrite” engaged in a “disinformation jihad” aimed at persuading the “tight, white, extremist bubble” that is the GOP to defeat ObamaCare. Still, it might have been a good idea for Klein to have read Ryan’s health care reform plan, or the Republican Study Committee proposal, or Michele Bachmann’s Health Care Freedom of Choice Act, or the many ideas included in Yuval Levin’s latest editorial in THE WEEKLY STANDARD, before he wrote in his new column that “There is no Republican health-care alternative in 2009.”
Paul Ryan was one of the very serious people who introduced a budget alternative in which they had no numbers and could not tell you how big their deficit would be. Michele Bachman has spent the last moth screaming about death panels and Ezekiel Emmanuel and the pink lizards crawling on her feet. Ok, maybe I made that up about the pink lizards. The third option- a Weekly Standard editorial that called for deregulation of the insurance industry. Because we’ve never heard that before.
Meanwhile, here is the response at Clown Hall:
I’m sorry about your Dad, Klein, but this isn’t the time to judge others for their disgust in Big Brother making decisions about life and death.
Still lying about the provision.
I’d say Klein has these guys dead to rights.