Go ahead, Malkin. Keep digging that hole.
It was with some trepidation that I clicked on this story in the NY Times on the whole Graeme Frost story, since the Times, along with most other traditional media sources, have such a poor track record when it comes to stories involving the blogosphere. But I was pleasantly surprised, and see it as further proof that, when it comes to ferreting out the basics of a story, the blogosphere can't hold a candle to the traditional media.
For instance, while the left-blogosphere discovered that the Frost children attend a private school on scholarship, they missed that Frost closed his business in 1999--as did the right side (which isn't a great surprise).
But this is why I loved this story:
Republicans on Capitol Hill, who were gearing up to use Graeme as evidence that Democrats have overexpanded the health program to include families wealthy enough to afford private insurance, have backed off.
An aide to Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican leader, expressed relief that his office had not issued a press release criticizing the Frosts.
But Michelle Malkin, one of the bloggers who have strongly criticized the Frosts, insisted Republicans should hold their ground and not pull punches.
“The bottom line here is that this family has considerable assets,” Ms. Malkin wrote in an e-mail message. “Maryland’s S-chip program does not means-test. The refusal to do assets tests on federal health insurance programs is why federal entitlements are exploding and government keeps expanding. If Republicans don’t have the guts to hold the line, they deserve to lose their seats.”
As for accusations that bloggers were unfairly attacking a 12-year-old, Ms. Malkin wrote on her blog, “If you don’t want questions, don’t foist these children onto the public stage.”
Oh yeah, Michelle--keep it up. Keep spouting your blather about Graeme Frost. Keep trying to blame the Democrats on this. If Mitch McConnell's staff is breathing a sigh of relief that they didn't follow the Free Republic's intrepid lead, then realize that they understand just what sort of bullet they dodged. McConnell can be accused of many things, but lacking the willingness to obstruct and attack is not one of them. He knows a loser when he sees it.
But I hope they listen to Malkin, in a way. We'll win 60 seats in the Senate, 300 seats in the House, and the Democratic President will win 40 states.