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Say It Ain't So, Greg! Whatever Happened to Greg Sargent? (Why Oh Why Can't We Have a Better Press Corps?)

Greg Sargent observes Jon Kingsdale's departure from his job running Romney's Massachusetts Health Connector and Kingsdale's writing: "We should all feel very proud of having created the model for national health reform.... The power of the Bay State's example is enormously consequential. I believe that national reform would not have happened without it..."

And what does Sargent have today about this? Sargent says that it shows that "Mitt Romney’s vexing Romneycare-Obamacare conundrum continues."[1]

I remember a man named Greg Sargent. He was:

...editor of Election Central, Talking Points Memo's politics and elections Web site. He has previously covered New York City politics for The New York Observer and for New York magazine, where he published a number of features, columns and news stories. He has also written for the Washington Monthly, The American Prospect, Newsday, Mother Jones and other publications. Greg also founded a blog about political coverage called The Horse's Mouth, which has now been merged with Election Central. He splits his time between New York City and Connecticut.

That man would not have spun this episode as an amusing and somewhat ridiculous "conundrum" that poses an obstacle to Mitt Romney's quest for high federal office. That man would have pointed out that this episode has powerful substantive implications--it tells you a lot about what good public policy for the nation is. And that man would have pointed out that it also tells you a lot about the total shameless mendacity of Republican office-seekers.

I used to read that man and I learned an awful lot about the world from him--not just about who was up and who was down in the zero-sum inside-baseball Washington-village game of political status.

I miss that man.

How do we I him back?

[1] The Morning Plum | The Plum Line:

Mitt Romney’s vexing Romneycare-Obamacare conundrum continues: Now the dude who helped him implement Romneycare’s individual mandate says this: “We should all feel very proud of having created the model for national health reform.”