My expectations were not that high. Here are some low lights:
Ed came right out with a tough question: Why don't Republicans not have a plan on the table for healthcare?
“Because Harry Reid has hid it on his desk, that’s why. You know that there are over at least nine plans that have been submitted by House Republicans and sent to the Senate — alternatives to Obamacare.”If there are any plans that passed the house, they passed as a part of "repeal Obamacare". That makes them all non-starters. The line about Harry Reid is pretty much a Republican response from before the elections though, so Dana is working her bag of tricks early. Ed lets this one slide.
Dana had this gem trying to beat down some of the numbers Ed had talked about leading up to her interview:
Dana: Well, you were sighting White House numbers...
Ed: No, these come from the Congressional Budget Office
Dana: I know! And I have some numbers for you from the CBO because we know how the CBO works, they just score what you give them.But Dana, you'd never do something like, I don't know, quote the CBO and even call them non-partisan, would you?
CBO: Budget Deficit $75 Billion Higher than White House Projected
The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said Friday that based on the Obama administration's budget proposal, deficits over the next decade would be $1.2 trillion higher than the White House estimated.You can't use someone when they agree with you only to beat them down when they don't. Not to mention she quotes CBO in two more instances in the interview. Moving on:
Ed: Dana, are there more people in America today with healthcare than there was a year ago?
Dana: No, there are a lot of people who have lost health insurance....
Ed: I want to be crystal clear, you say that there are fewer people in this country than there were a year ago, is that correct?
Dana: Remember it was Politifact's lie of the year that Obama said that if you want to keep your plan you can...
Ed: That's not an answer to the question!You can see why Ed would get a little frustrated, since Dana is avoiding answering a question that she will deny is true anyway. There are more people insured today than there were last year. No conflating the issue with tales of people who "lost their insurance" can change that. Most if not all of those that "lost their insurance" are actually insured today, some surprisingly with better plans, at prices close to what they were before.
Also, that nearly unverifiable mantra of, "I've had family/friends that..." just doesn't work in a public debate. It may or may not be true, but you may as well be making up your own source to back up your argument.
Dana stated that she was doing a favor to Ed for being on his show, and telling him he was framing the question wrong, and trying to correct him. In other words, she lived up to my expectations, which weren't really high.
Ed was full of bluster, loud, dismissive, and talked over Dana. In other words, he lived up to my expectations, which weren't really high.
Dana has tweeted that she gets to have Ed on her show as a part of the agreement. Oh, God... we have to go through this again?