"Is it safe?"
That famous line from the movie "Marathon Man" comes to mind when considering the attitude of Ohio Congressman Zack Space about ObamaCare. Back in January, after Space caught heat for voting for the House version of ObamaCare in November, he decided it was safe to "boldly" express his opposition to the Senate bill on the heels of Nancy Pelosi declaring it DOA at the time. Here is what Space had to say in January as recorded in your humble correspondent's NewsBusters blog:
U.S. Rep. Zack Space said Thursday he plans to oppose the health care bill passed by the U.S. Senate.
He made the announcement shortly after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told the national media she didn't think she had the votes to pass the bill.
Well, unfortunately for Congressman Space, it turned out that it wasn't safe since that Senate bill is now up for a vote in the House. His own statement has now come back to haunt him but you wouldn't know that in a Gannett report by Malia Rulon about how Space is now "undecided":
Rep. Zack Space, who represents the 18th District, is still wrestling with his choice. Space voted for the House’s health-care bill in November. But now the House must pass a different version — one that was written by the Senate.
Space, a Democrat from Dover, is undecided on whether he’ll support the final health-care package, his spokesman, Andrew Ricci, said Monday.
Space was unavailable for an interview Monday.
Nowhere in Rulon's story is any reference to Space's expressed opposition to the Senate bill back in January when it was "safe" to do so. A vital fact conveniently overlooked so as not to highlight Space's utter hypocrisy in this matter.
"Is it safe?... Is it safe?""You're talking to me?""Is it safe?""Is what safe?" "Is it safe?" "I don't know what you mean. I can't tell you something's safe or not, unless I know specifically what you're talking about."
"Is it safe?""Tell me what the 'it' refers to.""Is it safe?" "Yes, it's safe, it's very safe, it's so safe you wouldn't believe it."
"Is it safe?""No. It's not safe, it's... very dangerous, be careful."
For Congressman Zack Space it was "safe" to shoot his mouth off in opposition back in January. Unfortunately for him, however, it is no longer "safe" and he must now endure the dental chair of public opinion caused by his over the top hypocrisy despite Gannett attempting to provide cover for him.