If you want a visual guide to how the right's anger over Obamacare has evolved over time, you need to look at T-shirts. Photos of Tea Party protesters, by definition, don't change much over time, because they're all dressed up like 18th-century men in powdered wigs. But what was most infuriating about Obamacare was not, as Republicans were saying Friday after the Supreme Court ruled the law constitutional, always that it was a big fat tax. Looking through the mostly anonymous T-shirt designs at Zazzle is like looking at a highlight reel of the last three years. Come, relive it with us how we got from death panels to "John Roberts: Coward."
Summer 2009: Way back in Sarah Palin's glory days, at the very beginning of the bill, we have death panels. Remember death panels? They were supposed to be a bureaucratic body that would decide whether an old person who needed care would lie or die based on a cost/benefit analysis. These shirts were all made in the summer of 2009 -- "czar" in June, "killed grandma" in July, and "to die for" and "death panel chairman" in August. Note: in the reviews for the "Obamacare killed my grandma" shirt, it's "Most recommended for: Birthdays."