Illinois Democrat: Hey, you’re totally misreading what I said about the Constitution
posted at 6:46 pm on April 2, 2010 by Allahpundit
Not the first time this week that a Democrat’s tried to convince you that you didn’t hear what you just heard. Remember Hank Johnson’s instant classic about Guam tipping over, replete with illustrative hand gestures and the use of the word “capsize”? Turns out it was a subtly humorous metaphor that only appeared to be serious to, er … everyone who watched it. Same here with Phil Hare: As predicted, his spin is that he said he doesn’t worry about the Constitution on this, i.e. ObamaCare — not that he doesn’t worry about the Constitution generally. Basically, he wants you to believe that he looked into the constitutional issues surrounding the mandate, etc., and is satisfied that O-Care passes legal muster. The only problem? It’s a transparent lie. Follow the last link and watch the original video again. He flatly says (with clear irritation) that he doesn’t know which parts of the Constitution empowered Congress to pass this thing, and the whole thrust of his shpiel during the clip is that he doesn’t care. People need coverage and that’s enough of a moral imperative to him to trump any constitutional concern. Nor is there anything “out of context” about the clip. It picks up with the cameraman injecting a question about the Constitution and rolls until Hare leaves. QED.
Good job in glancing down at his notes repeatedly here, though, just to add that persuasive “I’ll say whatever my cronies tell me to say to make this go away” vibe.