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Oh, the Hypocrisy!

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Blake D. Dvorak

This "open letter to conservatives" from the liberal TPM Cafe site is making the rounds, because it apparently exposes Republican hypocrisy on a range of issues, from health care to the president's use of teleprompters. I certainly admire the writer's tenacity in tracking down all the links, but, as always with these things, his "evidence" relies a bit too much on one's perspective.

In any case, Eric Zorn posted it, asking if there's a corresponding "open letter to liberals" that does the same thing. I haven't seen one, but I did run across this post from NRO's Jim Geraghty, "The Complete List of Obama Statement Expiration Dates," which in a way does the same thing. A sample:

HEALTH CARE MANDATES

STATEMENT: "We've got a philosophical difference, which we've debated repeatedly, and that is that Senator Clinton believes the only way to achieve universal health care is to force everybody to purchase it. And my belief is, the reason that people don't have it is not because they don't want it but because they can't afford it." Barack Obama, speaking at a Democratic presidential debate, February 21, 2008.

EXPIRATION DATE: On March 23, 2010, Obama signed the individual mandate into law.

HEALTH CARE NEGOTIATIONS ON C-SPAN

STATEMENT: "These negotiations will be on C-SPAN, and so the public will be part of the conversation and will see the decisions that are being made." January 20, 2008, and seven other times.

EXPIRATION DATE: Throughout the summer, fall, and winter of 2009 and 2010; when John McCain asked about it during the health care summit February 26, Obama dismissed the issue by declaring, "the campaign is over, John."
As Geraghty warns, it is a long post, but well worth it.

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unclemiltie said:

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thanks for finding and posting the Geraghty piece, a good example of the value you bring to political discussion in a town dominated by local versions of the drive-by media.

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