After eight years of George W. Bush, and three more of folks like Sarah Palin, conservatives are understandably desperate for something, anything, to point and laugh at on the Democratic side of the aisle (for some reason, Joe Biden isn’t enough for them). Their latest choice of a target, though, illustrates the right’s disconnect between their own narrow interests, and the circumstances of others. The White House sent a tweet about 20 year-old Abby Schanfield‘s “congenial disease,” and the conservative crowd went wild.
Here’s what the White House’s tweet (since deleted and corrected to read “congenital disease.” Upon the White House’s correction of the typo, Breitbart fan Earl of Taint asked “What happened to her congenial disease? Got better already?”) was all about:
Abby was born with congenital toxoplasmosis, a parasitic disease that her mother didn’t realize she could pass to her unborn child. When she was 10 months old, Abby needed neurosurgery to install a shunt to drain spinal fluid that was collecting on her brain. She’s had to replace the shunt four times, and likely will continue to do so every couple of years. It’s a scary, expensive procedure that has a painful recovery. When Abby was 17, she started to lose vision in her left eye, which has also required surgery and treatment to avoid losing her sight altogether in that eye.
Wow. The White House’s typo caught my eye, but after reading Abby’s story, my first impulse is to…start a “hilarious” hashtag game about it! Michelle Malkin‘s Twitchy.com puts it all into perspective:
The woman, Abby Schanfield, was born with congenital toxoplasmosis, a parasitic disease.
We won’t hold our breath.
Hat tip: @FoolishReporter.
Update: Conservatives are having fun with the #congenialdisease hashtag:
Yes, the important thing here is whether The Huffington Post covers a typo on the White House Twitter feed. As far as that goes, I hope they do, and I hope CNN, MSNBC, and every other news outlet covers this too, because it will demonstrate to human beings that these conservatives are horrible people, and that whatever you feel about the Affordable Care Act, this debate has human consequences.
It’s true that there are always a few bad apples out there, but a review of conservatives’ reactions to Abby’s story reveals not a single good apple, not a single person who had the measure of perspective to maybe crack a few jokes, but also to say “‘Congenial disease’ is a funny turn of phrase, but it’s a really tough position this girl is in. Why don’t we talk about what conservatism has to offer her?”
That’s because all conservatism has to offer Abby is the complete decimation of any rules that might protect her, and the ridiculous notion that insurance companies are going to trip all over themselves to “compete” for a customer they do not want. Just like those mocking the White House’s Abby typo, she just isn’t their problem.
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