Even though he says he doesn't follow the argument, Mark Steyn gets it. He sums it up pretty well with his barb on hitting the buzz words in this column on runaway entitlements.
"The Republicans are worried that they can't pay for insuring an additional 10 million children. They sure don't care about finding $200 billion to fight the illegal war in Iraq. Where are you going to get that money? Are you going to tell us lies like you're telling us today? Is that how you're going to fund the war? You don't have money to fund the war on children, but you're going to spend it to blow up innocent people? If he can get enough kids to grow old enough for you to send to Iraq to get their heads blown off for the president's amusement."
I'm not sure I follow the argument here: President Bush wants to breed a generation of sickly uninsured children to send them to Iraq to stagger round the Sunni Triangle weak and spindly and emaciated and rickets-stricken to get their heads blown off? Is that the gist of it? No matter, Mr. Stark hit all the buzz words — "children," "illegal war," "$200 billion," "lies", etc. — and these days they're pretty much like modular furniture: you can say 'em in any order and you'll still get a cheer from the crowd.