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February 1, 2007
Dear Mr. Chait,
In a speech yesterday at Federal Hall on Wall Street, President Bush bemoaned what he called the growing "income inequality" gap between rich and poor Americans. "The fact is that income inequality is real; it's been rising for more than 25 years," said Bush.
The other day I had the misfortune of riding in a D.C. cab with Sean Hannity. Well, he was on the radio, but really that's close enough to get the willies. After getting winded decrying the stupidity of anyone willing to believe in global warming (I never get this--don't conservatives want to protect their hunting land?), Hannity read the call letters of the radio station: WMAL. Mal? Evil! I mean, that's not even subtle.
I was wondering what Rick Santorum's been up to lately. He's now a senior fellow at the conservative Ethics and Public Policy Center, spending his days warning everyone that "government-run medicine" is "worst of what Europe has to teach us." Nothing too novel there, but then he brings this up:
It's sad that our press spends so much time covering the misstatements by public figures. John Kerry's recent "botched joke," Hillary Clinton's supposed comparison of her husband to Osama bin Laden, and this week's blibber-blabber by Joe Biden all demonstrate how the well-coordinated, right-wing media machine can blow a slip of the tongue into a national crisis. There is a war on, after all.
I'm concerned about Government Exhibit 702 in the Scooter Libby trial. The page has been almost entirely blacked out, but toward the top left beneath all that nonsense about Joe and Valerie, if you can parse the handwriting, is this note: "Tom Cruise & Penelope Cruz at his office." I smell a Scientologist conspiracy.
January 31, 2007
On Barack Obama:
"I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy," he said. "I mean, that's a storybook, man."