Harvard Pilgrim Health Care is one of New England's largest and one of the country's most respected health insurance companies. This past week it notified 22,000 seniors that the company is dropping their Medicare Advantage Plan.
These are the first few thousands of seniors of millions who will soon feel the bite of “Obamacare” on their lives.
Gloria Allred is the political equivalent of a carnival barker. This past week she served Democrat Jerry Brown's failing campaign by attempting to hijack the California vote by making absurd charges against Meg Whitman, who had fired her housekeeper after the housekeeper had revealed she had defrauded the family with fake documents and was in the country illegally.
Allred made three mistakes after making her charges: appearing on my radio show, on the show of my pal Mark Levin, and on Greta Van Susteren's television show. In each case she melted down under very straightforward questions about the law because Whitman and her husband had no choice but to fire the housekeeper.
Allred stumbled and bumbled through three cross-examinations and emerged a terrible joke on voters and on the undocumented workers she purported to care about but in fact endangered by the stunt.
In Saturday night's debate, Whitman landed a roundhouse on Brown for his campaign's role in the debacle for undocumented workers across the state.
“Jerry, you should be ashamed,” Whitman said. “You and your surrogates put her deportation at risk. You put her out there. You should be ashamed for sacrificing Nicky Diaz on the altar of your political ambitions.”
Of course Jerry won't be ashamed, and Gloria is incapable of shame. Team Jerry is just trying to win, and if it takes using a publicity-mad lawyer and the sacrifice to Immigrations and Customs Enforcement of a bewildered pawn of the left, so be it.
Democrats across the country are resorting to stunts like this because of one crucial demographic — seniors. Seniors have turned against Democrats.
Combine that fact with the “enthusiasm gap” that sees independents and conservatives of all ages eager to vote their disgust and fear, and Democrats from coast to coast are desperate for any trick in the book, no matter how old or how tawdry.
There will be more in the weeks ahead, but unlike years past, there isn't just a mainstream media that will amplify and relay down the line the lunatic charges of left-wing activists. There are shows like mine and Mark's, other radio hosts like Bennett, Gallagher, Medved and Prager, voices like Rush, networks like Fox with shows like Sean's, Beck's, O'Reilly's and Greta's, newspapers like this one and scores of great Web sites like Townhall.com, Breitbart.com and NationalReview.com, plus blogs like Powerline to take apart the lies and pummel the liars.
Allred's lies were shattered in less than 48 hours, but had begun within six hours of her press conference when she came on my show, embarrassed herself, and then the audio and transcript were picked up by Breitbart and sent down the line.
Mark “The Great One” Levin took up the task the next day and sliced and diced Allred again, and again new media sent the audio around. Then Greta.
By week's end, Allred's pathetic persona was obvious to everyone in the country except her, and Jerry Brown had to deal with a backlash.
And still seniors see the Grim Reaper of Obamacare coming for them. This cycle of charge and knockdown will repeat many times in the weeks ahead, but seniors won't lose sight of the key fact of election 2010: Democrats screwed them.
No sideshow will trick seniors into voting approval for the party that has endangered their golden years.
Examiner Columnist Hugh Hewitt is a law professor at Chapman University Law School and a nationally syndicated radio talk show host who blogs daily at HughHewitt.com.