With today's Gruber auto de fe, it's worth stating again something that is obvious and really indisputable: Obamacare is almost certainly the most deeply scrutinized, discussed and argued over piece of legislation of the entire 20th century and early 21st century. Jonathan Gruber saying something silly at a conference doesn't change that.
So how did the rightwing media apparatus turned Jon Gruber into the Lord High King of Obamacare? This is really an amazing look into contemporary media culture on the right. How a policy wonk whose ideas did play a key role in the formulation of Obamacare (and Romneycare) became a world-altering scandal for things he said at policy conferences years later.
You may have seen the news that Mark Wahlberg is petitioning the Governor of Massachusetts for a pardon for crimes he committed as a teen in Boston in the 1980s. These were a bit more than your typical bad seed childhood run-ins with the law. At least two incidents could possibly qualify today as hate crimes. Though I've increasingly admired Wahlberg's acting work and his ability to transition from a music act/novelty actor to the real thing, I can't say I've given him a great deal of thoughts one way or another.
But there's more to this story than celebrity news.