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Where do they come up with these things?

Mike Huckabee told his radio audience today that under the Obama health plan, Ted Kennedy would have been told to “go home to take pain pills and die” upon being diagnosed with a brain tumor. Leave aside the fact that, with all the medical intervention that money could buy, the Senator lived only 15 months after his diagnosis, which is pretty much the median. What, exactly, is Mike Huckabee basing this claim on? George Stephanopoulos thinks he knows–political opportunism. Huckabee is determined to out-Palin Sarah Palin. Is it 2012 yet?

For the real story of Ted Kennedy and his determination to have a “good ending,” don’t miss Mark Leibovich’s sensitive and elegant account in the New York Times. Especially the ending of the story, and this quote from Congressman William Delahunt:

Mr. Kennedy had told friends recently that he was looking forward to a “reunion” with his seven departed siblings, particularly his brothers, whose lives had been cut short.

“When he gets there, he can say ‘I did it, I carried the torch,’ ” Mr. Delahunt said. “ ‘I carried it all the way.’ ”

UPDATE: I second Joe’s point in the post above this one. Huckabee would do well to read Devin and Strobe Talbott’s op-ed in today’s Washington Post.