|Aasif Mandvi closing in a crumble|
Mandvi was pointing out that poor people can't afford health care, which is what Obamacare is designed to correct, and that's when it happened.
Wilemon starting spouting the party line, that people who can't afford health care "have made that choice" and that they "like a free lunch."
To be fair, Wilemon's exact quote, at this most illuminating of moments, was, "I'll be honest. If, if you're poor, stop being poor. You know, get a GED, have a job for over a year."
That was the moment, the exact moment, when the party line disintegrated, when it became abundantly clear that party lines, whether they're from the left, right, or center, can't stand up to accuracy, to actual truth (as opposed to "truthiness"), when those lines are just plain wrong.
|The look of a crumbling party line|
At least when Wilemon crumbled at one point, he recognized it. Mandvi had asked,"What if everybody got really great health care?"
Wilemon paused, trying on the one hand to agree that everyone should get great health care (the moral high ground), while on the other holding tight to the party line that says giving great health care to the poor (read: Obamacare) will lead to chaos.
You could just see Wilemon crumble, like a Vegas hotel imploding on a summer day. Mandvi let him crumble a bit before saving him with, "I'm just kidding. We have to keep things competitive, right?"
Then Wilemon smiled, they high-fived, and moved on.
Gotta love a good crumble.