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Sprechen Sie Smarmi?

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. of Chicago is a piece of work. I’m not sure where he gets it. Any idea? Anyway, he was on the radio, talking about a meeting that included some shady fundraisers from India. This had to do with the Blago affair. And Jackson Jr. said, “I’m not alone at the meeting. . . . Then another gentleman showed up and started having another conversation practically in Hindu. Now, I don’t speak Hindu and I don’t speak Smarmi and I didn’t participate in any of that part of the conversation, nor do I remember hearing it.”

Okay, the “Hindu” thing we can understand: Hindu-Hindi. Anyone can slip up on a syllable. And you remember our illustrious and brilliant president, speaking in Europe last year: “I don’t know what the term is in Austrian.”

But “Smarmi”? “Swami”? A mystery . . .

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