You're What's Happenin'!
Come 2009, we may just find this Lamont fellow has what it takes to be President Gore's defense secretary.
It's interesting that the Times' reporter would think to ask "if Mr. Lieberman's criticisms were beyond the bounds of acceptable political combat." The Times editorial page declares as much, scolding Lieberman for "scoring a cheap sound bite yesterday" and whining:
But one cannot credit the sincerity of this complaint, given that the paper criticizes only Cheney and Lieberman--not, to take one example, Harry Reid, the Senate minority leader, who put out a statement that seems no less opportunistic. "This latest plot demonstrates the need for the Bush administration and the Congress to change course in Iraq," Reid opined. (Hey, wait a second--did he just say that Iraq has something to do with terrorism?)
It seems to us that all the comments here, including Reid's, are perfectly legitimate. The two parties have sharply different views on how to approach the terrorist threat--even sharper now that the Dems have ditched their most distinguished dissenter--and what could be more important in an election year than to debate this critical subject?
Oh, here is the Times' contribution to the debate:
This is analysis worthy of "Schoolhouse Rock": To talk, to find, to understand. (Verb, you're what's happenin'!) It seems to us that the outrage on the left over the "politicization" of terror is a transparent and pathetic attempt to divert attention from the utter insubstantiality of the left's own approach.
For old times' sake, let's revisit a previous comment that the left similarly deemed "beyond the bounds of acceptable political combat." In June 2005, Karl Rove said:
As we recall, the "therapy" line drew particular outrage. Yet here is the Times today:
This takes us back to the days when Al Franken was intermittently funny: I don't have to fly planes into buildings. I don't have to murder thousands of infidels. All I have to do is be the best Osama I can be. Because I'm good enough, I'm smart enough, and doggone it, people like me.
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