Wow That Was a Tough CBO Score
I mean we know it was bad, but now see how bad. Bad enough for someone running for Congress to literally assault a reporter the day before the election.
“The question that Ben Jacobs was asking Gianforte last night? It was about yesterday’s Congressional Budget Office score of the House GOP health-care bill. NBC’s Benjy Sarlin sums up the CBO report. “The GOP health care bill would insure 23 million fewer people than current law after a decade, while potentially impacting many with pre-existing conditions, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. The bill would spend $1.1 trillion less on health care and use the savings primarily to finance large tax cuts for high-income earners and medical companies. While some Americans would see lower premiums, CBO concluded that many people with pre-existing conditions would no longer be able to afford insurance and that many who received coverage would pay thousands of dollars more in out-of-pocket expenses.”
If GOPers can’t even answer questions about that CBO score without punching someone out, it tells you a little bit about TrumpCare 3.0.
Gianforte is very touchy about this CBO score-it did not go well. However, maybe this was exacerbated by a story out yesterday that Republicans were warning the Montana race is much closer than it should be.
“Republicans: Montana special election ‘closer than it should be’
“It’s the latest example of a tight race in a traditional GOP stronghold.”
This on the heals of the two shockers the night before where the Dems won two special elections in places they’ve never won before.
So while the first hot take is that was one touch CBO score, the next one is that Ginaforte’s internal polling must be pretty tough as well.
There are roughly 120 GOP-held districts where Trump did worse than in Montana. So if D's are coming close here, points to VERY broad map.
— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) May 22, 2017
Another hot take: yep. Ginaforte also has financial ties to Rosnet, because this is Donald Trump’s GOP and of course Ginaforte would-as all GOPers with very few exceptions have betrayed their country for their sociopathic desire for partisan power and ideological victory at all costs.
“GOP candidate Greg Gianforte has financial ties to US-sanctioned Russian companies.”
The story was broken by-Ben Jacobs. The very reporter Gianforte body slammed last night. So he is likely pretty sore over that one as well. In the audio, Gianforte asked if he was from the Guardian and when Jacobs said yes, that obviously was the wrong answer for Gianforte.
Of course, even with assault of a reporter by a Congressional candidate the day before the election, some are playing the both sides do it card. The GOP is largely playing the usual ‘Move along, nothing to see here’ card-that they’ve used as the questions and scandal over Russia only deepens.
So they have practice. And MSM types come up with some absurd hot takes. This one has to take the cake:
“Democrats now find themselves in a lose-lose position.”
“Oddly, last night’s incident in Montana has turned into a potential nightmare for Democrats. Think about it: If they win, Republicans and many observers will chalk it up to Gianforte’s behavior and flaws. And if Democrats come up short — which is still a realistic possibility — people are going to say: “Democrats couldn’t triumph in a competitive race where the opponent is charged with misdemeanor assault before an election!!!!” Sure, Gianforte winning will eventually be a headache for Republicans once he comes to Washington. But right now, the pressure is on the Democrats, and it puts even more pressure on the June 20 runoff in Georgia.”
So Ginaforte assaulting a reporter and getting arrested hurts the Democrats. So if this is the case, maybe his opponent, Robert Quist ought to punch out a reporter too, to readdress the balance?
As a DCCC Vice-Chair, I am issuing an advisory to all Dem candidates: DO NOT BODYSLAM REPORTERS. It's against the law & they will report it. https://t.co/6oAW5ce3ds
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) May 25, 2017
Again, as Nate Silver warned, the press may well miss the import of this race. For Quist to come within 4 points is a disaster for the GOP.
But the press right now is framing it as the Democrats being the ones on the spot. The media as so often is the case gets things wrong in their zeal for false balance.
“Republican congressional candidate Greg Gianforte was charged late Wednesday with misdemeanor assault after witnesses said he “body-slammed” a reporter for the Guardian who had been trying to ask him about the GOP’s health care bill.”
I do have to say if you vote for this guy after this, there’s something wrong with you.
Greg Sargent adds this context to the CBO mess:
“What makes this whole episode even more ludicrous, however, is that Gianforte himself had previously said that he would comment on the GOP health bill, once he saw the CBO score.”
“In an interview with the Washington Examiner just after the GOP bill passed the House in early May, Gianforte declined to say whether he backed the measure, saying: “Personally, I would have liked to have seen CBO results prior to voting.” He added, however, that “we have to repeal and replace Obamacare.”
“On Wednesday, at Gianforte’s headquarters in Bozeman, Montana, Jacobs asked Gianforte whether he supports the GOP bill, now that we have seen the CBO results. Gianforte declined to answer, then said: “Let me talk to you about that later.” After that, as the audio captures, the scuffle started. According to the Fox team’s account, “Gianforte grabbed Jacobs by the neck with both hands and slammed him into the ground behind him,” then “began punching the reporter.”
So basically, TrumpCare is so bad, just asking a GOPer about it is grounds for him to punch you out.
P.S. As we saw in my poll out last week, the long awaited poll results are in, and right now I’m just 11 points down vs. Peter King (GOP-NY-District 2). And the voters don’t even know who I am yet.
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