by Jimmy Boegle
Since I am the editor of a newspaper, and since it's election season, my email inbox is being inundated with press releases from various campaigns and whatnot.
One of these inundaters: The National Republican Congressional Committee. Once a day or more, I two—count 'em, two—twin news releases slamming our two local sitting Democratic congressmen. These news releases are identical, except for the names: Raul Grijalva, and Ron Barber.
I got twin news releases yesterday with this alarming, but helpfully hashtagged headline:
#IWANTREPEAL: Barber Voted to Put 15 Unelected Medicare Cutters Between Seniors and their Doctors
OK then! Anyway, it goes on to demonize the two congressmen not voting to repeal the Affordable Care Act (and includes the oft-disproven "Medicare cuts" line).
“Ron Barber thinks 15 unelected bureaucrats are better suited to make healthcare decisions than nearly 50 million American seniors and their doctors,” said NRCC Communications Director Paul Lindsay. “After slashing over $700 billion to Medicare in order to pay for ObamaCare, Barber's support for a Medicare rationing board adds insult to injury for current and future Arizona seniors.”
Barber voted against repealing the board of 15 unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats. (H.R. 5, Roll Call #126, 3/22/12)
The email, again ever so helpful, includes a link to the list of votes on that bill. And, of course, RON BARBER'S NAME IS NOT ON IT.
Because Barber was not elected to congress until June.
Hey, NRCC press folks: Pay a little more attention to the carbon-copy news releases you're sending out. Accuracy, y'know.