Politicians are inordinately awful people. Not all are broken, adulation-starved and capable of acts of hypocrisy that would give normal people diarrhea for a week, of course -- just an unusually high number of them.
Yesterday, U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri voted for the House Republican budget that puts Medicare on a voucher system, a scheme that shifts costs to seniors in a pretty substantial way. Yet during the campaign, Blunt tried to brand his opponent as a Medicare-benefit cutter and said he'd fight to protect seniors.
Here's an ad that Blunt ran during the 2010 race, in which he stated that Democrat Robin Carnahan wanted to cut Medicare to pay for "government-run health care," neglecting that Medicare is kind of the essence of government-run health care.