One day in the not-too-distant future, we will shudder when we remember that this insanity is what dominated the discourse on one of the most significant public policy issues of our lifetimes.
A registered nurse charged that there would be 'legal genocide' if health-care reform passes -- and questioned whether Obama was born in the United States. Other opponents complained of a loss of individual freedom they saw as inherent in the reforms. There were angry denunciations of the drain on the system from 'illegal aliens.' And throughout the nearly two hours, there were repeated expressions of distrust of the government.This is what happens when you sit back and allow today's Republican Party - a howling asylum of birthers, deathers, teabaggers, and garden-variety nutjobs - to define the terms of any debate.
For shame, Democrats. Clothe yourselves in sackcloth and ashes and repent for ignoring your mandate and squandering this once-in-a-generation opportunity.
It's enough to make you want to burn the party to the ground and start over.