In the pathetic world on the Senate floor, usually there is no reported nonsense that comes across too sophomoric. Neither party has the right to claim moral superiority as corruption and unmerited attacks are part of the daily grind in Washington. However this morning, one story has grown momentum that summarizes how far removed from reality the liberal think tank is willing to go in order to chastise the Republicans for dissenting to the proposed health care reform.
In this morning’s Washington Post, liberal columnist and regular Olbermann slappie, Dana Milbank accused Sen. Tom Coburn of wishing death on aged Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia. Before the late night vote over the weekend, Coburn went to the floor and said:
“What the American people ought to pray is that somebody can’t make the vote tonight. That’s what they ought to pray.”
Milbank, in some twisted logic, decided that he could only mean one thing…Tom Coburn wants Robert Byrd to die:
It was difficult to escape the conclusion that Coburn was referring to the 92-year-old, wheelchair-bound Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.V.) who has been in and out of hospitals and lay at home ailing. It would not be easy for Byrd to get out of bed in the wee hours with deep snow on the ground and ice on the roads — but without his vote, Democrats wouldn’t have the 60 they needed.
Now if this was just one columnist spreading this distasteful spin on an innocent comment, it would be one matter. However, its not. #2 Democrat Senator Dick Durbin, also used his last chance to speak before the vote to reprimand Coburn and try to steal the moral high road:
“This statement goes too far. We are becoming more coarse and divided here…When it reaches a point where we’re praying, asking people to pray, that senators wouldn’t be able to answer the roll call, I think it has crossed the line.”
This story has spread across liberal blogs and gathered headlines such as “Robert Byrd’s Death Seemingly Wished For By Tom Coburn” from the Huffington Post, and “Sen. Coburn: ‘People Ought to Pray’ That a Senator ‘Can’t Make The Vote Tonight” from Think Progress.
The absurdity of these statements shouldn’t even grant the need for a response from Sen. Coburn. But in fairness to this hateful rhetorical slap from Durbin, Milbank, and left wing blog editors – I will attempt to come up with a reasonable excuse for Coburn’s “someone can’t make it” comment.
So please, before feeding the cable and viral media beast take a minute to think. Even if you are the second highest ranked senator in your party.