Some may have thought the end of the election would bring an end to the Shift feature we named after the movie series that featured a fight to the death to entertain the masses.
Well, those folks will be disappointed as we continue the series a bit longer, almost as disappointed as we were by the tepid campaign actually conducted by the far-Left Democrats seeking to replace the retiring Jim McDermott for the Congressman-for-Life seat that is Washington’s Seventh District.
Fortunately, as might be expected, McDermott is following the poet Dylan Thomas’ advice to not go “gentle into that good night” that is retirement. Instead, “Baghdad Jim” is keeping his name in the media by offering advice that no one will follow. He was featured today in Roll Call railing against his colleague, Dr. Tom Price
McDermott was well known during his 14 terms in Congress for getting little done, but making a lot of noise about it. He loved to talk himself up as a health care policy expert since he was one of the few “doctors” in Congress, though he was best known in Washington State as the “liberal Seattle psychiatrist” that John Spellman correctly tagged him as during their 1980 gubernatorial campaign.
So, on his way (thankfully) out the door, McDermott is attacking a colleague who was not just an orthopedic surgeon but also one who taught other doctors (at Emory University), because he doesn’t agree with Price’s opposition to government-run health care (i.e., Obamacare). Here’s what McDermott had to say about Price: “he’s basically been known for being for doctors, and you can’t give the fox the keys to the hen house.”
From Jim’s perspective, that’s the last thing we’d want in someone overseeing federal health care policy, actually being an advocate for people delivering health care, you know, real doctors.