Septuagenarian Twitter Flame War: Grassley Warns Specter He Never Said “Death Boards”

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Earlier today, I reported that Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA) planned to call his old friend Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) to admonish him that health care legislation will not result in the creation of death panels.

Well, Grassley never picked up. So Specter tweeted all about it.

And Grassley is not pleased.

And in a narrow sense, Grassley’s right. He didn’t use the term “death boards” or “death panels.” He said “There is some fear because in the House bill, there is counseling for end-of-life. And from that standpoint, you have every right to fear…. We should not have a government program that determines if you’re going to pull the plug on grandma.”

But in the broader sense, Specter’s got Grassley pegged.

And in the broadest sense, it’s easy to imagine these guys starring in an Internet-themed sequel to Grumpier Old Men.

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Brian Beutler is TPM's senior congressional reporter. Since 2009, he's led coverage of health care reform, Wall Street reform, taxes, the GOP budget, the government shutdown fight and the debt limit fight. He can be reached at brian@talkingpointsmemo.com
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