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Halperin: Good Point, Bad Point


Time's Mark Halperin makes a few points about the mobs. Here's a good one:

Ask Republican members of Congress who voted for President Bush's massive prescription drug entitlement law how many of them read that bill before they voted in favor of it -- or how many bills they EVER read in their entirety.

I did some reporting on this for a TNR piece that has been obliterated by our web archives, but trust me when I say he's onto something. [Update: Here it is.] It is true that Democrats promised to observe a higher standard, but you don't get the sense the mobsters are aware of this context.

This one I don't get:

The White House is understandably pushing back against and exploiting the mobs for its own political gain; while understandable, it is also shameful in its own way.

The White House is "understandably" fighting back against hysterical and frequently dishonest opposition, and that's "shameful"? I smell some forced even-handedness at work here....

--Michael Crowley

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