A lot of chatter is going on about Graeme Frost, the 12 year old boy who gave the Democratic radio response a couple of weeks ago. He was speaking in support of SCHIP. Of course the viciousness of the right has come out on this, and they are making the victim into some monster. Think Progress has a good run down of what has been happening.
One thing worth pointing out in all this. Free Republic choose to publish the address of the Frost's today (I won't link it because I do value privacy). Now we find out that Malkin made a road trip there.
Update 2:50pm Eastern: I just returned from a visit to Frostâ€™s commercial property near Patterson Park in Baltimore. Itâ€™s a modest place. Talked to one of the tenants, Mike Reilly, who is a talented welder. He said he had known the Frosts for 10 years. Business is good, he told me, though he characterized Frost as â€œstruggling.â€ Reilly was an outspoken advocate for socialized health care without any means-testing whatsoever and an insistent critic of the Iraq war. Despite all that, he did agree with me that going without health insurance is often a matter of choice and a matter of priorities. Or maybe we were speaking two different languages.
I also passed by the Frostsâ€™ rowhouse. There was an â€œ01 - 20 -09? bumper sticker plastered on the door and a newer model GMC Suburban parked directly in front of the house. Iâ€™ve seen guesstimates of the houseâ€™s worth in the $400,000-plus range. Those are high. But Mark Tapscottâ€™s point remains: â€œ[P]eople make choices and itâ€™s clear the Frosts have made choice to invest in property and a business, but not in private health insurance. The Maryland-administered version of the federal SCHIP program, by the way, does not impose an asset test on applicants.â€ More here.
Now think about this for a minute. This is the same Michelle Malkin that goes on FOX news and cries victim for every nasty email she gets. What the hell is she doing going out stalking this family? Malkin has proven time and again that she is off the rocker (for my medical term), and willing to do anything to push her agenda. Perhaps the Frost family should consider taking out a restraining order. I don't think anyone trusts her.