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When columnists get too cute
Posted by: McQ on Thursday, July 12, 2007

What's with Dana Milbank and the amount of water Sara Taylor consumed during her 90 minutes in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Yesterday's Senate testimony by former White House political director Sara Taylor was a watershed.


No, Taylor's appearance was a watershed because of the extraordinary amount of liquid she consumed — three bottles of Deer Park spring water, not including the half bottle her lawyer quaffed.

"What is the White House trying to hide?" demanded the Judiciary Committee chairman, Pat Leahy (D-Vt.). Taylor grabbed her bottle, licked her lips and sipped.

"This is a difficult time for you," Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said through his crocodile tears. Taylor took a big swig.

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) accused the White House of putting "young, loyal, talented people like yourself in to the line of fire." Taylor savored a long draught.

When Leahy called a recess after a little more than 90 minutes, the former White House official rose to leave the chamber and said something quietly to her lawyer that sounded very much like, "I need to use the ladies' room."

Though Taylor was a fluid witness, her answers were not enough to quench the senators' thirst for answers about the White House's role in the firing of nine U.S. attorneys and related allegations of wrongdoing in the Justice Department.
Good grief. Talk about trying too hard.

Then there was this:
Taylor had a brash presence that belied her tender years ("almost 33," she said), but her mannerisms betrayed youth: She flipped her hair back after some answers, fiddled endlessly with a paper clip and resorted regularly to verbal filler. "I'm trying to, you know, infer here," she said. And, "You know, again, and I will continue to try to be as cooperative as I can, and, I guess, you know, the only alternative is to just sit here."
33? "Tender years". For heaven sake ... at 32 Alexander the Great had conquered the known world. At 33 some have commanded battalions in combat in WWII, Korea and Vietnam.

What's with the "tender years" crap except to lay on the meme that the administration is sending out mere babes (and I mean that in the non-sexual, "infant" sort of way , ok?) to do its bidding and take the flak.

And then we're back to this:
Contemptuous of Congress or not, the witness's most obvious sentiment was her fondness for bottled water. She bounded into the hearing room and, ignoring the glass and coaster in front of her, unscrewed the Deer Park bottle, licked her lips and drank.
It almost makes you wonder if Deer Park is paying him on the side by how many times he can mention their product in a column. Other than that, there wasn't a whole heck of a lot to learn from what he had to say.
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Always knew the "never trust anyone over 30" thing would reverse itself as we boomers got older. We’re too self-centered and convince history revolves around us to consider any other generation could be trusted with anything.
Written By: Strick
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Didn’t you know? 33 is the new 18.
Written By: steverino
What’s with the "tender years" crap except to lay on the meme that the administration is sending out mere babes (and I mean that in the non-sexual, "infant" sort of way , ok?) to do its bidding and take the flak.
You nailed it McQ.

I’ve noticed this meme cropping up too. Here is an example from one of the insufferable liberal columnists at the Los Angeles Times, quoting NPR:
Last month, the public radio program "Marketplace" aired a story on the prevalence of grown women speaking in high-pitched, babyish voices. It cited the example of Monica M. Goodling, the 33-year-old attorney (and Justice Department appointee) who testified before Congress in a voice that seemed more appropriate to Smurfette than to a government official with something to say about fired U.S. attorneys.
Written By: Aldo
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Well, I’m sure her lawyer or a handler told her, if you get stuck or want some time to think, drink some water or something...

And considering that the Senate is on a fishing expedition, is it any wonder the "witnesses" drink like fishes... HA!
Written By: Keith_Indy
Is there a pic of her... I have a theory...
Written By: Scott Jacobs
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Written By: Keith_Indy
he sure is obsessed with her licking her lips and fondling that bottle.

licked her lips and sipped.

Taylor savored a long draught.

licked her lips and drank.

Kids, never write newspaper columns with an erection, you get idiocy like this
Written By: shark
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Well, she’s almost hot...

Maybe Shark’s right... Maybe the reporter just has a lil bitty chubby for her... He certainly tried to make her sound like a porn star...
Written By: Scott Jacobs
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Anyone want to take a bet that this becomes a comedy sketch...

What was this site rated again???
Written By: Keith_Indy
They bottle Deer Park just a couple of miles from me .. so thanks Dana for the plug of my local economy.
Written By: Neo
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Anyone wonder if maybe she’s a diabetic? I sip at water all day long, and use the restroom a lot too.
Written By: Jamie
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