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The Nerve of Jen Psaki

Asked about Mitch McConnell’s criticism of President Biden’s speech on election law and the filibuster, the White House press secretary said that the president (and the vice president) “clearly struck a nerve.” This line is especially ridiculous given that Senator Dick Durbin, the longtime No. 2 Democrat in his chamber, joined in the criticism (albeit gently). But this lazy formulation, and its near-equivalent “struck a chord,” should be retired generally. It attempts to convert the existence of strong criticism into proof that the criticism is wrong, which is obviously absurd.

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