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January 30, 2007
A propos of Jon's item yesterday: I, too, assumed Hillary's line about her experience with "evil and bad men" was a joke about Bill's wandering eye (and worse). I hate to be forced to explain the basic mechanics of humor, but Ben Smith's odd interpretation aside, comparing your cheating husband to Osama bin Laden is funny precisely because it is inaccurate.
Brad has written a very interesting little essay on the influence wielded by the rich in American politics. I think the broad thrust of what he writes has a lot of merit, and I'd recommend it to anybody who hasn't read it yet, but I'd argue a bit with the extent of his conclusion.
First, Brad writes:
Sen. Dick Lugar in the WashPost:
Some commentators have compared the Bush plan to a "Hail Mary" pass in football--a desperate heave deep down the field by a losing team at the end of the game. Actually, a far better analogy for the Bush plan is a draw play on third down with 20 yards to go in the first quarter.
January 29, 2007
Bill Kristol, who has lately been intent on proving you can make a lucrative career out of being right less often than a broken clock, valiantly defended Lewis Libby on Fox News Sunday yesterday. According to Kristol, Patrick Fitzgerald decided to go after "Scooter" instead of other members of the administration (like Ari Fleischer) because of the former aide's hawkish stance on Iraq. During the discussion Kristol made this remarkably inane point: