Worst debate answer ever?
posted at 11:17 am on June 6, 2013 by Guy Benson
Ed Markey wasn’t on top of his game during last night’s Massachusetts Senate debate. Or maybe he was, and his game is pretty weak. Attempting to defend his votes on Obamacare — specifically his refusal to repeal the job-killing Medical Device Tax — Markey uncorked this gem:
“I’m working to repeal it. Um, I don’t want to repeal it because you have to find an equivalent amount of money to repeal it. Uh, and so, for me, I want to repeal it…”
In the spirit of Family Feud contestants who always praise teammates’ responses, no matter how badly they choke, I say, “Good answer, Ed!” The relieving news for Team Markey is that most Bay State voters were probably too preoccupied with the Bruins and Red Sox games to notice what a lemon of a candidate their guy is. Markey is a sclerotic, sleepy 37-year House incumbent who reliably votes the Democratic Party line — which may be exactly what Massachusetts wants. The crowd that picked Elizabeth Warren over Scott Brown may not care that Markey’s a hypocritical dullard. Consider this instant classic of a reply when he was challenged on his own adherence to the so-called ‘Buffett Rule,’ which he’s touted on the campaign trail:
The Markey playbook: Stammer for ten full seconds, then reflexively employ the phrase “fair share” — which in this case destroys your own dopey position on the Buffett Rule. “Good answer, Ed!” Markey is opposed by moderate Republican Gabriel Gomez, an ex-Navy SEAL from an immigrant family with a Harvard MBA. He trails Markey by single digits in Democratic internal polls, according to the Boston Herald, so President Obama is scheduled to stump for Markey week. The special election to replace John Kerry will be held on June 25.