Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty set down his frac sand shovel for a few moments to shill for 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on CNN. CNN’s Soledad O’Brien has been quite obstinate about people lying lately. She must not know that talking heads on TV aren’t supposed to question Republicans claims.
Governor BridgeFail pushed the Republican lie that Obama cut Medicare. O’Brien countered the Republicans claim that Obama cut Medicare. In fact, Obamacare didn’t touch benefits paid to seniors, but cut profits going to pharmaceutical companies.
Who better to hit back at O’Brien than the sniveling TPaw. Gov. Gutshot wasn’t going to let her get away with preventing him from lying so he called her stupid.
“But, sir, it’s not a cut in Medicare, right?” O’Brien observed. “Let me just read from the CBO. It’s a ‘permanent reduction in the annual updates to Medicaid’s payment rates.’ It’s a cut in the spending — future spending. And it’s cut that actually goes to insurers, right? I mean, it’s not cuts to individuals.”
“No matter how you say this, it’s a cut to Medicare,” Pawlenty insisted. “You can’t even with a straight face, look your viewers in the eye and tell [them] that it’s not a cut to Medicare.”
“Well, I can’t look viewers in the eye from where I am,” O’Brien pointed out. “I’m saying the way the CBO puts it. … That is a savings.”
“Do you know what that is in English?” Pawlenty quipped.
“I speak English incredibly well, sir, as you know,” O’Brien shot back.
(Crooks and Liars)
What a jerk.