Video: When Mattera Met Harkin

My friend Jason Mattera has gone on tour for his book Obama Zombies: How the Liberal Machine Brainwashed My Generation, but it’s not the kind of tour you’d think. Jason has taken a tour of Democrats’ Congressional offices, attempting to get these elected officials to buy his book. Wish him luck, because as this confrontation with Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) shows, they’re not terribly inclined to pony up the price of the hardcover. Jason attempts to buttonhole Harkin over his contention that health insurance risk pools were like racial segregation, which Harkin attempts to deny:

He can deny it all he wants, but The Hill reported in on February 25th, as Harkin made the comments on national television:

“We don’t allow segregation on the basis of race,” Harkin, the chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, said at the White House healthcare summit.

“And yet we still allow segregation today in America on the basis of your health,” Harkin added. “Why should we allow that to happen?”

The “contextual framework” Harkin used was Jim Crow. He may want to disavow it now, but Jason has him dead to rights on this point.

Next up, I hear, is Al Franken. That should be … interesting. Stick it out to the end, when Harkin tries to defend liberals by claiming that public education was “brought” to America by liberals — and Jasons’ retort is worth a laugh.