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Friday, January 06, 2012

Taranto Could Make a Career Out Of ...

... Well, actually he does pretty much make a career - and a greatly appreciated one it is - out of illustrating the two diametrically opposite faces of the New York Times editorial page.   Faces that appear depending upon which side of the political spectrum is being visited.

Here's James Taranto at his best - by simply quoting from two editorials from the past:
Two Papers in One!

● "It is disturbing that President Bush has exhibited a grandiose vision of executive power that leaves little room for public debate, the concerns of the minority party or the supervisory powers of the courts. But it is just plain baffling to watch him take the same regal attitude toward a Congress in which his party holds solid majorities in both houses. Seizing the opportunity presented by the Congressional holiday break, Mr. Bush announced 17 recess appointments--a constitutional gimmick. . . . Presidents Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton made scores of recess appointments. But both of them faced a Congress controlled by the opposition party, while the Senate has been under Republican control for Mr. Bush's entire five years in office."--editorial, New York Times, Jan. 9, 2006 

● "Nearly six months after it opened its doors, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau finally has a director, after President Obama's recess appointment of Richard Cordray. . . . Mr. Obama also appointed three new and qualified members to the National Labor Relations Board. . . . Announcing the appointments, Mr. Obama also asserted a welcome new credo: 'When Congress refuses to act, and as a result, hurts our economy and puts our people at risk, then I have an obligation as president to do what I can without them.' Hear. Hear."--editorial, New York Times, Jan. 5, 2012 
Are the editorialists at the Times stupid? Do they think nobody fact-checks their asses these days? Are are they simply that simple?

Either way, they come across as being fools.

To our eternal delight.

Thanks, James.  You make our day.