This Republican ad, featuring Michael Steele, is stunning in both its stupidity and its arrogant cynicism.
I'll turn the podium over to Steve Benen of Washington Monthly. (But take the liberty of adding red highlight.)
Anyone who can watch the whole thing without pounding your head against a hard surface is a stronger person than I am. An ad like this is so breathtakingly stupid, and is so shameless in its cynical assumptions about the gullibility of the nation, it's literally painful.
The strategy is straightforward enough: Steele thinks he can kill the reform the nation needs by scaring the hell out of seniors with ridiculous lies. If Steele were a sane, responsible person, he'd choose a different path. After all, just last week, Steele said -- within a 24-hour timeframe -- that Medicare is a) a great government program that Democrats are trying to undermine and the GOP is trying to protect; and b) a terrible program that doesn't work and should probably be privatized. And this only came after Steele ran one of the all-time dumbest op-eds to ever run on health care policy.
Media Matters deconstructs the ad point by nauseating point.
In case you have the stomach for more, here is Steele's Washington Post op-ed where he delivers the same message in print.
DeLong weighs in on how dumb and inconsistent Republicans are on health care.
The stupid -- it burns.