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Your Firstborn, Too

by James Lileks

Second terms are the price a man pays for the hubris of thinking he deserves one.

The Boston Herald, searching for a term to sum up the president’s merry May, chose “Obamagate” as a catch-all for the PR nightmares that erupted with the speed and horror of Black Plague lesions: Benghazi evasions, AP phone records, HHS head Kathleen Sebelius’s shakedown — sorry, nonbinding friendly request for contributions — and, of course, the news that the IRS had given conservative groups a going-over that makes a colonoscopy look like the observation of the moon with a telescope.

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