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Maximum Leader

I overheard this CNN interview with former Democratic senator Max Cleland at the airport yesterday morning and couldn’t believe my ears, but I just checked the transcript:

BLITZER: I want to get to your strategy in a moment, but was this a just trial? Does Saddam Hussein deserve to die, now being convicted for crimes against humanity?

CLELAND: I have no idea. I wasn’t there.

He rambled on, of course, and used the question (and indeed the whole interview) as an occasion for making partisan attacks. But this particular question was a softball and Cleland whiffed.

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.


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