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Lowden walks it back for good: "Bartering is not a policy"

Apologies for doing two chickens-for-checkups posts in a row, but this is really news: Sue Lowden has now finally, officially, completely walked back the notion that chickens-for-checkups is a workable solution to our health care crisis.

With the gaffe in its fourth week -- no matter how hard Lowden tries to kill it, the story won't die, like a headless chicken -- the candidate has now taken to her blog to clarify once and for all that she is not advocating for a chickens-for-checkups health plan:

I can understand why Harry Reid and his Washington allies and Hollywood friends are creating political theater rather than solving real problems. Bargaining, bartering and negotiating for health coverage is not a policy -- it is a fact. It is occurring today and has been since the founding of our nation. If you want to see my policy on health care reform, it has been on my web page since last year -- and it remains there to this day. Nowhere in my health reform proposal do I discuss bargaining, bartering or negotiating, rather I offer real solutions that work without creating a new, government-run entitlement program that Nevadans don't want and they cannot afford.

And it's true that in her plan, there is no mention of chickens for checkups. Keep in mind, this latest comes after Lowden tried to walk back chickens-for-checkups last week, but fell well short of putting it to rest.

In all seriousness, can anyone think of any gaffe in recent political history -- or, indeed, ever -- that has been as badly mishandled as this one has?

By Greg Sargent  |  April 30, 2010; 2:37 PM ET
Categories:  2010 elections , Senate Republicans  
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