The Right Gives Up On Consistency

Remember how Republicans complained that the health care reform bill was too long?

Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) griped that it was “longer than War and Peace.”

House Minority Leader John Boehnert (R-OH) said “[a]ll you need to know is there are 1,990 pages. That should tell you everything.”

In an op-ed on the bill, Boehnert decried “[m]assive bills unveiled in the dark of night and rushed to a vote before anyone in America could possibly know the details.”

Well, now Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY) is complaining that the health care reform bill isn’t long enough:

And we talk about 2,074 pages, which seem like a lot, and it would be for a normal bill that you could debate in a limited period of time, which is what we’re being asked to do. But 2,074 pages isn’t nearly enough to cover health care for America. So why is it only 2,074 pages?

So, which is it? Is the health care reform bill too long, or not long enough? And why did the GOP change their tune?

And Remember how Republicans attacked President Obama for giving the Emperor of Japan a bow and a handshake, claiming that he was showing too much deference to a foreign potentate?

Well, now Republicans are attacking the President for declining a lunch invitation with the King of Norway, accusing him of rudely snubbing a foreign potentate.

So, which is it? Is it okay for the President of the United States to refuse gestures of politeness to foreign dignitaries or not? And, again, why the sudden change of heart?

It’s almost like conservatives are just looking for reasons to attack Democrats. It seems that the right has given up on consistency in favor of inventing new (and largely idiotic) lines of attack against Democrats.