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HALPERIN'S TAKE: WHY EVERYTHING ABOUT THE HEALTH CARE MOBS IS A NATIONAL DISGRACE

1. Coverage of the mobs is playing into the hands of the mobsters.

2. Coverage of the mobs is crowding out a needed national debate about health care.

3. The White House is understandably pushing back against and exploiting the mobs for its own political gain; while understandable, it has also been done at times using methods that are shameful in their own way.

4. It is very easy to disrupt a town meeting and the (apparent) reward is getting their requisite 15 minutes of fame on television news.

5. The president typically tries to treat America like a nation of grown-ups; this would seem to be a mistake when it comes to the mobs and the coverage thereof.

6. Debating whether a given mobster is "real" or "astroturf" is like debating who the third-best professional wrestler of the 1980s was.

7. Please stop saying that Matt Drudge has lost his influence -- or that those who point out his obvious influence are therefore celebrating his influence.

8. The abject weaknesses of the Republican Party and the conservative movement (in general and on health care) are on display in the reaction of their "leaders" to the mobs.

9. Ask Republican members of Congress who voted for President Bush's massive prescription drug entitlement law how many of them read that bill before they voted in favor of it -- or how many bills they EVER read in their entirety.

10. We have met the Freak Show, and it is us.

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