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What Is the Optimal Number of American Deaths?

Apparently, according to pool reports, Barack Obama says on tonight’s Daily Show: “When four Americans get killed, it’s not optimal.”

Can you imagine the hysteria if Mitt Romney of binder infamy said something like this?

UPDATE: Apparently Stewart was the first to use the word “optimal” and Obama was keying off of it. So it might not be worth making a huge deal about it on the merits — unlike, you know, BINDERS! and BIG BIRD!!!!

Jonah Goldberg, a senior editor of National Review and the author of Suicide of the West, holds the Asness Chair in Applied Liberty at the American Enterprise Institute.

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