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:
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!