Ron Brownstein of the LA Times is a smart and insightful columnist, who provides useful political analysis that often distills the issues of a debate in a fair and even-handed manner.
I imagined that it would take a lot to get him riled up, but it is a mark of how incomprehensible the President is with his SCHIP veto threats that Brownstein can’t find a reasonable explanation. The headline of the column is “Stealing healthcare from babies,” and the text is even more dismissive.
Paul Krugman at the NY Times has also written on the SCHIP issue and health care with passion and verve. But he became disillusioned with the Bush Administration early on, and so for him, this is just the latest outrage among many. Brownstein, even when he disagrees with policymakers, wants to give them the benefit of the doubt, and of their arguments, but he can’t bring himself to do so in this case.