November 19, 2003
They said it best!
Sometimes politicians, columnists, playwrights and citizens articulate positions and frame debates so well that there is nothing left to do except applaud. Here are my Wednesday morning nominees.
On the so-called Energy Bill: John McCain said it should be named "Leave no lobbyist behind." Robert Byrd added, "The bill will do about as much to improve the nation's energy security as the administration's invasion of Iraq has done to stem the tide of global terrorism."
Arnold Schwarzenegger: "I can guarantee you I will not lay anyone off in December or before Christmas." Take that to the bank!
E.J. Dionne, writing in the Washington Post about the lobbyists' drug prescription bill: "They went in to design a prescription drug benefit for seniors and came out with an aardvark. It is said that a camel is a horse designed by committee. But the camel metaphor doesn't do justice to the Medicare prescription drug bill. It is not a compromise. It is a weird combination of conflicting policy preferences. It is unprincipled." Amen, E.J.
To playwright Harold Pinter on Bush's visit to Britain: "The odd couple Bush and Blair are liars. No nation has ever been so detested as the U.S. today. The U.S. is the rogue state par excellence." Could Pinter write a play starring Rumsfeld, Cheney and Wolfowitz?
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