This is fine as red meat tossed to the base in an idle moment during primary season but it’s not just the base who’s visiting Fred’s highly trafficked website these days. The GOP had better take care not to get too cute with rhetoric on this issue: the misconception that the public is getting “free” health care can be eroded with steady message discipline but the perception that Hillary’s taking this issue seriously enough to formulate a detailed plan while Fred’s pulling his chin and spouting cracker-barrel wisdom isn’t as easily shaken. To borrow a phrase from a Clinton campaign of days gone by, it’s the competence, stupid.