As I said in my previous post, there was too much good material from Maher’s show last night to use. Now this segment is about the discussion of the SCHIP program and the Dems using a 12-year-old as a prop, who is theoretically unassailable (because he is a child, after all), but since they used him in their radio address, as Tucker points out, he, too, is fair game. My good friend Noel Sheppard at Newsbusters also did some transcribing some of this for me. Here’s a piece of his post at Newsbusters:
Moving forward, as a positive sidebar, very enthusiastic kudos go to MSNBC’s Tucker Carlson, who actually did a better job as the lone conservative on Maher’s show than possibly any I’ve seen. In fact, some of his comments to the New York Times’ Paul Krugman were absolutely spectacular.
In particular, when Maher moved the discussion to SCHIP, Carlson ripped Krugman to little pieces:
Krugman: What actually happened was they were looking for a bipartisan bill. This is a bipartisan bill to expand the children’s healthcare program. And they wanted something the Republicans would go along with. And that was the only tax they would go along with..
Carlson: So you’re blaming the Republicans for it?
Carlson: What are you working for them or something? What is this?
Krugman: Look at the House bill…
Carlson: Why don’t you address what he just said?
Krugman: The House version of the bill proposed to pay for it in large part by cutting the excess payments to insurance companies under the Medicare program…
Carlson: But why are you evaluating…
Krugman: …and the Republicans said, “No, we will not sign on to a bill that takes money from insurance companies. We will only take one from one that taxes smokers.” And you’re going to say that that’s a problem with the Democrats?
Carlson: I’m saying that the Democrats, look, I’m not defending the Republicans. You, meanwhile, are flacking for the Democrats by making excuses for something that’s indefensible.
Krugman: If you look at the programs these guys [Republicans] go after, they’re not the programs that are wasteful. They’re the programs that work. Because they don’t want the government to be helping people, and they don’t want…
Carlson: (sarcastically) Right, right, because they’re evil.
Krugman: No, because they think it’s a whole mistake. They want to go like Grover Norquist said, “I want to bring this country back to the way it was before Teddy Roosevelt and the socialists came in.”
Carlson: Can I ask you a quick question? Do you think itâ€™s useful to begin a debate assuming that your opponent is evil and not just wrong? Because that’s what you’re doing. You don’t allow that the other person might have a legitimate point and explain the whole thing.
And let’s not overlook Joy-less Behar’s claims that “the Republican [presidential] candidates are a bunch of pussies,” and that Michelle Malkin is “a selfish bitch, probably. What a tool.
Joy Behar is nothing less than an intellectual midget. You can watch the exchange here.
Check out Michelle’s piece on it here.