State attorney general Rob McKenna says his decision to join the GOP lawsuit seeking to strike down new U.S. health care legislation was finalized in a conference call with other Republican attorneys general Sunday night.
What a call that must have been.
AG 1: OK boys, here's our problem. This is a purely political lawsuit to get us all re-elected. What do we say to spin that?
How about "I believe this new federal health care measure unconstitutionally imposes new requirements on our state and on its citizens."
AG 2: Good, good. But taxpayers are going to have to foot the hundreds of thousands of dollars in time and materials it's going to cost us to sue. What do we say to throw them off?
McKenna: Try "This unprecedented federal mandate, requiring all Washingtonians to purchase health insurance, violates the Commerce Clause and the 10th amendment of the US Constitution."
AG 3: Nice. We know it doesn't, but what's more important, being honest or being in office! We'll need more meaningless blather to snow them, though.
McKenna: Let's see, "I'm concerned that the measure unconstitutionally requires all Washingtonians to purchase health insurance."
AG 4: Perfect. That avoids the issue of the health care mandate protecting citizens through law. I mean, we all believe in the mandatory seat belt law, right? Same thing. We'd look like hypocrites! Anything we should add?
McKenna: Let's also say it "places an extraordinary burden on our state budget by requiring (your state here) to expand its Medicaid eligibility standards in violation of our state's rights guaranteed under the 10th amendment."
AG 5: States rights! Of course! Let's not be helping more old people just because it's the proper thing to do! McKenna, you're a great American!