Fresh off a hard-fought primary battle against the hapless hothead Mike Parry, Allen Quist (who most Minnesotans remember as that really creepy guy who keeps getting his ass handed to him in statewide and US congressional elections, most notably by Arne Carlson in the Republican gubernatorial primaries in 1994) is tanned, rested and ready to get his ass kicked once again — this time, as Bluestem Prairie’s Sally Jo Sorensen notes, by cribbing from the Sarah Palin and Paul Ryan playbooks:

At a Rochester (MN) Tea Party Patriot meeting on September 20, 2012, MNCD1 Republican candidate Allen Quist claimed that “bureaucratic panels” created under the Affordable Care Act would foster euthanasia.

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Think Progress’s Igor Volsky reports in Paul Ryan Tells Florida Seniors That Obamacare Includes Death Panels that the Wisconsin politician revived PolitiFact 2009′s Lie of the Year: that the legislation would bureaucratic “death panels.”

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Ryan isn’t alone in this. In June, Sarah Palin posted on Facebook (via Washington Post):

“I stand by everything I wrote in that warning to my fellow Americans”

— Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin (R), in a Facebook post titled “‘Death Panel’ Three Years Later’

It’s still horse hockey. The Washington Post’s Fact Checker gave the new posting “Four Pinocchios” the rating for “Whoppers” in  the June 27, 2012, Sarah Palin, ‘Death Panels’ and ‘Obamacare.’

Um, Earth to Allen? It’s 2012, not 2009. It’s pretty hard for a Republican to run against Obamacare in 2012 when the guy at the top of the GOP ticket created Romneycare, Obamacare’s precursor, in Massachusetts. (By the way, somebody should mention that to Paul Ryan as well.) Palin can get away with it because she’s no longer a real politician, but a grifter cashing in before the effects of the tanning beds win out over the botox and she no longer inspires fantasies in the minds of aging Tea Partier males. Actual viable GOP candidates? Not so much.

Tim Walz, the guy Quist thinks he can beat, must be chuckling to himself right now.

(Crossposted to Daily Kos.)