The Larger Fiorina Problem

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Memo to Democrats: HOLD THAT LINE, FUCKERS.

As we approach the latest manufactured crisis because Congress is awful at passing spending bills, the possibility that Republicans might shut down the government over Planned Parenthood funding looms ever larger. The general consensus is that very few people want it to happen, but those few people are real assholes, and since it's (always) an election cycle, there are 16 even bigger assholes in the Suicide Squad more than willing to throw Planned Parenthood under their campaign bus.

This entire effort, in case I need to remind you, is the result of 12 hours of fake-ass "sting" videos from a forced-birth advocacy group following, of all things, the James O'Keefe model. Those 12 hours were edited down, deceptively of course, to make it seem like Planned Parenthood was carving up babies to sell the spare parts. Which it doesn't. And apparently, even the 12 hours of footage contains ample trickery and bullshit, as evidenced by Carly Fiorina.

During last Wednesday's debate, Carly Fiorina said she supported defunding Planned Parenthood because the videos showed "a fully formed fetus on the table...while someone says we have to keep it alive to harvest its brain."

This did not happen. No footage of that appears in the videos, according to people who watched them trying to find it. There is some editing bullshit that could convince a very stupid person that they'd seen what Fiorina describes. And there's the omnipresent meta-politics, of course, that dictates that every single "pro-life" politician must support this lie because this lie will take down Planned Parenthood. Which one is Fiorina? It's tough to tell. ACTUAL QUOTE TIME!

"I’ve seen the footage. And I find it amazing, actually, that all these supposed fact checkers in the mainstream media claim this doesn’t exist, they’re trying to attack the authenticity of the videotape, I haven’t found a lot of people in the mainstream media who has ever watched these things... I will continue to dare anyone who wants to continue to fund Planned Parenthood, watch the videotapes. And anyone who wants to challenge me first is going to have to prove to me that they watched it." - Fiorina, defending her claim on Fox News Sunday.

It no longer matters whether the original claim was stupid or malicious. By presenting a set of ridiculous and impossible conditions under which which she will admit she's wrong, and that the tapes are bullshit, Fiorina has decided to go forward with malicious.

Which is why, despite my general reservations about Hillary Clinton and the Clinton history of triangulation, I appreciate her full-throated, unconditional support for Planned Parenthood. There's no equivocation around the videos, no bet-hedging. None of the usual centrist, Village chicanery that would give the videos credibility and attention just because someone made them and people are talking about them. That's a good thing.

But it has to continue. It has to continue up to, during, and past any government shutdown that might occur as a result of the attempts to de-fund Planned Parenthood. They need to hang it around the necks of the extremists and let that albatross weigh them, and Fiorina, and the rest of the Suicide Squad through the primary and into the general. And hey, if they maybe could defend actual abortions and actual tissue donation while you're at it, even better. Unlikely, but better.