Monica Wehby, Asshole of the Day for September 19, 2014
Now the plagiarism itself is probably not a big deal. Ed Kilgore points out that Karl Rove isn’t going to sue her over it. But what is a big deal is that, when asked about it, the campaign says:
“The suggestion that a pediatric neurosurgeon needs to copy a health care plan from American Crossroads is absurd,” a Wehby campaign spokesman told BuzzFeed News. “Dr. Wehby is too busy performing brain surgery on sick children to respond, sorry.”
This response is great if you don’t think about it too much. She’s saying: Too busy saving children! Not like you petty, partisan hacks in the media.
Of course when you think about it for a minute, here’s where you end up:
Her campaign website, the one with the plagiarized health plan, also says this in her bio:
In 2011, Dr. Wehby was elected to the board of trustees at the American Medical Association on a platform of being a conservative change agent. Monica resigned from the board of the AMA to run for the United States Senate in 2013. She currently resides in Portland with her four teenage children.
So she quit her job at the AMA to run for Senate. She knew she’d be busy. But too busy to respond to this accusation.
And she wasn’t too busy to get endorsed by the NRA. But too busy to respond to you trolls in the media.
And not too busy to campaign. I mean look at all these photos of her out campaigning!
Nope. Not too busy to campaign. The only thing she’s too busy for, is commenting on accusations of plagiarism. That she just copied her whole healthcare plan from Karl Rove’s SuperPAC. But she has no time to talk about that because she’s too busy saving childrens’ lives!
We suspect that if the accusation weren’t true, somehow she’d find time to comment. Don’t you?
But, regardless, let’s put aside the question of whether she’s too busy to answer this accusation. Instead let’s ask
- Will she be too busy to vote in the Senate?
- Too busy to listen to her constituents?
- Too busy to read the bills she votes on?
I mean, children won’t stop needing her services and be miraculously cured while she serves in the Senate. Because if she’s too busy to answer questions about her health plan, and whether she just copied it from Karl Rove, then she’s probably too busy to govern responsibly, right?
But that’s not how she sees it. And that’s why she is the Asshole of the Day.
It is Dr. Wehby’s first time as Asshole of the Day.
Full story: Political Animal at Washington Monthly.