Daily Archives: Sept. 24, 2009

Edwards is ‘just a bad cad’

edwardsfingerheadThough some cads can be somewhat lovable or redeemable, “John Edwards is not,” columnist Eugene Robinson wrote. “His caddishness, it appears, has no redeeming social or political value. He’s just a bad cad.” Robinson noted claims by a former close aide that not only is Edwards the father of his mistress’ 19-month-old daughter, Edwards allegedly promised the mistress that he would marry her after his wife, Elizabeth, had died of cancer, and that they had started to plan the wedding. “The forgivable kind of cad could never do such a thing,” Robinson wrote. “Only the worst kind would.”

Beck throws McCain under the bus

beck,glennDespite all his ranting and conspiracy theories about President Obama, Fox News host Glenn Beck (in photo) thinks GOP nominee John McCain “would have been worse for the country” than Obama. Beck also told CBS News’ Katie Couric that he might have voted for Hillary Clinton over McCain, whom Beck described as a “weird progressive like Theodore Roosevelt was.”

Open thread 9/24


Reform bill wouldn’t set doctor salaries

tiahrtnewmugThe Kansas Democratic Party posted a YouTube video of Rep. Todd Tiahrt, R-Goddard, making another misstatement at a recent town hall meeting on health care. This time, Tiahrt said that a committee was going to determine what every doctor would make, and that the salaries would be between $85,000 and $95,000. But as FactCheck.org has reported, that’s not true. If there is a public insurance option, the government would set reimbursement rates, as it does for Medicare and Medicaid and as private insurance companies do. But nothing in the bill would set salaries for doctors.

Gubernatorial lesson in value of words

parkinson,markGov. Mark Parkinson stirred concerns when he said recently that the long-term solvency of the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System is such an issue that “everything has to be looked at” — including possible changes to current benefits for retirees. Parkinson later regretted his words, writing on his blog: “Because I said that we would consider changes for people that are already in the system, I may have scared tens of thousands of retirees who are already receiving benefits, and even more current state employees who are counting on this fund for their future. I said it, but it’s not what I meant. What I should have said — and meant to say — is that we don’t want to cut any benefits and we are analyzing all our options.”
He attributed that and “other mistakes that day” to the four hours of sleep he’d had the night before because of “some pet issues” at 3:30 a.m. “I’ll try to not let that happen again,” he wrote.