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Tuesday, April 01, 2008

A Liar with Class

Christopher Hitchens, as usual, takes no prisoners assessing the seemingly endless gush of lies spewing from the mouth of Hillary Clinton, the latest being her thrilling account of ducking sniper fire in Tuzla. He makes the reasonable estimation she has, to use his own lilting prose, "rivaled, if not indeed surpassed, the disbarred and perjured hack who is her husband and tutor." No argument there.

It made me nostalgic hearing Hillary announce she had "misspoken" about Tuzla. I haven't heard that word since the late Ron Ziegler, press secretary to President Nixon, coined it to explain away a blatant lie his boss had been caught in. Ziegler was also the author of, "This is the operative statement. The others are inoperative" and (my favorite), "The president is aware of what is going on. That is not to say that there is anything going on."

Poor Ziegler, an otherwise decent and honorable man, had a thankless job and was only doing his best to bale out the sinking S.S. Nixon. He was subjected to far more vicious treatment from the press than Hillary has ever had to face yet he took it all in stride. Even his fiercest adversaries (Dan Rather, even) conceded he had class; I doubt Hillary's fiercest and most ardent champions could muster up the nerve to say that of her.

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