It’s comforting, in these dark and parlous times, to know that we have the New York Times to light our way. Three items from Sunday, November 23, 2008.
John M. Broder and Carl Hulse win the coveted Walter Winchell award for their long story on the Waxman-Dingell battle in which they refer to Henry Waxman as, “the darling of environmentalists and the liberal wing of the party.” John and Carl, would you ever think (think?) of referring to John Dingell as “the darling of the corrupt and incompetent Detroit automakers?” I thought so.
Next up is John Harwood with what is becoming yet another cliché piece on how Obama is picking too many seasoned people for his cabinet. And where is he supposed to get folks who know how to run a government? Zimbabwe?
Finally, the frosting on the cake. Dashing Don Rumsfeld on the op-ed page counseling us on strategy in Afghanistan. This prompts the question: why would anyone, anywhere, at any time, for any conceivable reason, want to take advice from Donald H. Rumsfeld?