CBS Political Hotsheet Reporter Suggests 'Slaughter Solution' Term Unfair
Let's see... The author of the bizarre solution to avoid a direct vote in the House of Representatives on the Senate ObamaCare bill is Congresswoman Louise Slaughter. Yet, to call it a "Slaughter Solution" is somehow an unfair Republican tactic. Such is the assertion of Brian Montopoli at the CBS Political Hotsheet:
The Republican Party already has plenty of evocative phrases with which to hammer the health care reform effort: "Government takeover," "ram down our throats," "job-killing monstrosity."
Now House Republican Leader John Boehner's office has come up with perhaps the most striking entry yet: "Slaughter Solution."
Yes, isn't it such a "dirty tactic" to actually name a solution after its author? Montopoli continues with what he sees as a sign of deviousness by naming the "Slaughter Solution" after its author, Slaughter:
In a blog post on Boehner's site, Dave Schnittger writes the following: "The twisted scheme by which Democratic leaders plan to bend the rules to ram President Obama's massive health care legislation through Congress now has a name: the Slaughter Solution."
The "Slaughter" here is House Rules Chairman Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY), who CongressDaily reported Wednesday is "prepping to help usher the healthcare overhaul through the House and potentially avoid a direct vote on the Senate overhaul bill." She is reportedly considering putting forth a rule that would dictate that the Senate version of the bill is automatically passed through the chamber once the House passes a corrections bill making changes to it.
That's all a little complicated, of course: "Slaughter Solution," by contrast, is not. It also manages to correlate passage of the health care bill with, as Merriam-Webster defines the word slaughter, "killing of great numbers of human being."
Naming something after its author. Oh the horror. The absolute horror!
The slam dunk analysis on Montopoli's reporting was provided by a commenter on the story:
The woman's name happens to be "Slaughter", but somehow, that's the fault of the GOP? Or did you not intend for this article to be taken seriously?
And oh, yes, you just happen to neglect to mention the fact that what the Slaughter rule proposes to do is to "deem" the Senate health care bill passed by the House WITHOUT AN ACTUAL VOTE. But apparently you consider that fact "a little complicated" for your readers to understand, so you childishly zone in on the Congresswoman's name as if there's some issue there.