RUSH: Dingy Harry Reid. You know, John Boehner came out and had a press conference. He said, "What the hell is this, a joke?" He was talking about the latest delay in the full implementation of the individual mandate. It was March 31st that you had to be signed up, and they said all last week and the week before that, "We're not gonna extend it.
"We don't have the statutory ability to extend it! That's a hard, fast deadline, March 31st." Now they've extended it to the middle of April. It doesn't matter if you file quarterly estimates, you still have to pay -- start making payments -- on your Obama penalty. You don't. You're not exempted. If you're small, you're not exempted. There's no delay for you. But Boehner came out and said, "What the hell is this, a joke?"
He was responding to the announcement last night that people who had begun the process of signing up for insurance now have until mid-April. "What the hell is this, a joke?" So Dingy Harry had to get in on this today at a Senate Democrat press conference. Dingy Harry, during the Q&A with other Democrats disguised as reporters, one unidentified Democrat disguised as a reporter said:
"We've had a number of these delays, and they say that this is giving more people the opportunity to sign up. But when they do have these hiccups or delays, doesn't that give" our enemies, the Republicans...? He didn't say that. That's what he means. "[D]oesn't that give the other side fodder?" In other words: Senator Reid, aren't you putting us in a jam here with this incompetent behavior?
REID: We have hundreds of thousands of people who tried to sign up and they didn’t get through! There are some people who are not like my grandchildren who can handle everything so easily on the Internet, and these people need a little extra time. It’s not... The example they gave is a 63-year-old woman came into the store and she said, "I almost got it. But, every time I just about got there, it would cut me off." We have a lot of people just like this. Through no fault of the Internet, but because people are not educated on how to use Internet.
RUSH: Well, let me translate this for you. What Dingy Harry is saying is, "There's nothing wrong with the HealthCare.gov website. It's that old people don't know how to use it! They're just intimidated and frightened by the Internet. They're not like my grandchildren who can handle everything so easily on the Internet -- and these people, they just need a little extra time.
"So they've got real close. They've gotten in there; they've gotten to the end. And then something happened they didn't understand, and they got kicked out! So we've had to extend the deadline to handle the incompetence of some of our citizens who don't know how to use websites." This, by the way, is supposed to sound sympathetic. But, frankly, this is how they look at people: Incompetent, incapable.
The truth of the matter is, Dingy Harry wouldn't know what to do on this website. He's not gonna get anywhere near it. He hasn't slightest idea, either. But now they're just making it up. Many people, the elderly, are just not educated about how to use the Internet. So what is it, Dingy Harry? Which is it? Is it a website that can't handle volume or is it people who aren't educated to use the Internet?
What's the problem, here? The young people, we don't hear any problems from the young people. Of course they understand the Internet, but they're not signing up. They're just not signing up either, Dingy Harry, but they're not afraid of the Internet. Why aren't the young people signing up? They're not afraid of the Internet. They could run rings about this website. They know this website's bogus.
They know there's no security in this website!
Young people don't want to pay for these old people that don't know how to run the Internet. You know, according to the Democrats, it's always our fault. It's always our mistakes. We are always too stupid. We are always too incompetent. We are just not bright enough to deal with these magnificent, progressive systems they design. Before long it's gonna be the Koch brothers who are keeping people from learning how to use the Internet.
Ah, you watch!
He'll blame the Koch brothers for somehow retarding people's progress.
Speaking of that: There's a story here in the National Journal, and it is not good for the Democrats. "Democrats are hoping to make David Koch a household name in 2014. They've got a long way to go. After absorbing millions of dollars in outside spending from groups connected to the Koch brothers, congressional Democrats have made the conservative billionaires the star villains in a messaging counteroffensive.
"But a new nonpartisan poll," the Ed Goeas-Celinda Lake Battleground poll, "highlights a problem with the plan." Do you know what it is? Even after all of this demonization, "A majority of likely 2014 voters have never even heard of the Kochs." So, Dingy Harry, your voters are so stupid -- so dumb, so out of touch, so disconnected -- they've not even heard you talking about the Koch brothers.
You're out there demonizing 'em, they don't even know who they are.
A majority don't even know who the Koch brothers are!
You talk about a fiasco?