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Daschle On “Meanness”

I can’t disagree with him about the stupid insults that get tossed around in politics, and it’s good of him to mention some offenders on the left as well as the right. But then there’s this: “As examples, Daschle noted that two Democratic senators, South Dakota’s Tim Johnson and Georgia’s Max Cleland, were compared in television ads during the 2002 campaign to Osama bin Laden.” AP shouldn’t have gone with “noted.” “Said” would have been better, and “pretended” better still.

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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