Why Did The GOP Lie When The Truth Was Apparently Worse?

The other day the hardworking staff noted that the Republican National Committee had, according to Bloomberg News, “altered the audio of U.S. Supreme Court (1000L) oral arguments in an attack on President Barack Obama’s health-care law.”

In a web ad circulated this week, the Republican National Committee excerpts the opening seconds of the March 27 presentation by Obama’s top Supreme Court lawyer, Solicitor General Donald Verrilli. In the ad, he is heard struggling for words and twice stopping to drink water.

“Obamacare,” the ad concludes, in words shown against a photograph of the high court. “It’s a tough sell.”

A review of a transcript and recordings of those moments shows that Verrilli took a sip of water just once, paused for a much briefer period and completed his thought — rather than stuttering and trailing off as heard in the edited version.

The web ad:

 

But according to NPR’s Wait Wait . . . Don’t Tell Me! Verrilli had this actual brainfreeze (from 3:05 to 3:45), as related by host Peter Sagal:

This was the case of a lifetime for Solicitor General Donald Verrilli and he choked – I mean he literally choked. Listen to him as he begins presenting his case:

“Insurance has become the predominant means of paying for healthcare in this country [cough, cough] insurance has become the predominant means of paying for healthcare in this country because it, because the and eh, because this is market in which, in which eh . . . ”

That will be the last time that Donald Verrilli takes the Cinnamon Challenge right before [laughter, applause] oral argument.

So why didn’t the RNC have the real goods on Verrilli?

Wait wait . . . don’t tell me!

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3 Responses to Why Did The GOP Lie When The Truth Was Apparently Worse?

  1. Jan Dumas says:

    You do know that Wait Wait Don’t Tell me is a comedy show? Hence the laughter

  2. Curmudgeon says:

    Verrilli did, in his few minutes in the spotlight, more to damage the prospects of the healthcare bill than all of the critics did bemoaning the legislation since it passed.

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