Beck Rates Health Reform as 9/11 Attack

9/12ers are girding for this year's national catastrophe
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 3, 2009 8:09 AM CST

(Newser) Glenn Beck's found a new way to frame his opposition to heath care reform, and this one's a doozy: It's a terrorist attack. A decade ago “I could have shouted every single day about Osama bin Laden,” the Fox News commentator said, “and nobody would have been willing to stand in line two hours while some security officer made grandma take her shoes off.” But now “America has changed,” and the 9/12ers aren't going to let it happen again—in the US Congress.

“We're taking time out of our busy lives,” Beck continued. “The 9/12ers are willing to stand in line and take our shoes off before the plane actually hits the tower.” Beck’s comments could backfire for congressional candidate Doug Hoffman, who’s called him a “mentor” and happens to be running in New York—a state, Sam Stein notes on the Huffington Post, that doesn't take kindly to trivializing the 9/11 attacks.