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A different type of speed reading
Posted by: McQ on Monday, May 05, 2008

Have you ever been reading something and hit a line or a phrase that so stuns your sensibilities, that you aren't sure you really read it right? And then, of course, you reread it. You find you were right the first time. But somehow your brain just couldn't accept as credible what this author had said and so made you think you must have misread it.

Here's an example of that. An article entitled "Bill Clinton may be campaign's biggest loser", caught my eye. I was interested to see how the author was going to attempt to make that case.

But before he ever got to Bill, he talked about Hillary. He feels that she still has a future if she isn't the nominee. And it was while talking about her future he made a comparison that just stopped me in my tracks:
In time she will have fresh opportunities; perhaps a Senate leadership role, or she may emulate Edward M. Kennedy as a truly great lawmaker, or, if Obama loses, make another run for the White House with lessons learned.

Did he really say that?


Oh my. Edward Kennedy as a "truly great lawmaker?" That's a bit like claiming John Kerry was a truly great naval officer. Or Jimmy Carter was a truly great president.


Website closed - no remaining desire whatsoever to read this guy's opinion on anything else (and yes, I know I'm setting myself up for someone to say "that's mostly what I do with your stuff" - but of course, he or she will have already read to this point in order to make that claim, so I'll live with it). Interestingly enough, I'm finding more and more of these examples as I prowl the net.

Oh, and the fact that this guy was the Washington executive editor for Bloomberg, didn't come as a particularly shocking surprise.
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This is why I like it when Erb discusses Carter or "Swiftboating". He makes it very clear how much we should actually read what he writes.

Written By: Don
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It was a typo, they clearly meant to say, lawbreaker.

Written By: Kevin
I’ve been wondering just how the story that Obama traded a future lifting of the Teamster’s consent decree for an endorsement has squared with the Kennedy family, many of whom endorsed Obama, given Bobby Kennedy’s efforts to reign in the Teamsters, which were later codified into the consent decree under Nixon.
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Maybe they meant "great" in the sense of being big and fat? I can certainly see Hillary really letting herself go if she loses this one....
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You’re misreading the phrase. You’re thinking ’maker of excellent laws’, and he’s not. But "great lawmaker" also means "guy who knows how to work the system and can get bills passed into law" like the No Child Gets Ahead Act—which he is, especially compared to his Democratic cohort.
Written By: kishnevi
"Maybe they meant "great" in the sense of being big and fat?"

It’s fun to compare languages. In German, ’gross’ could mean great, while in English it can mean something more in line with what I think you are thinking. In German, ’dick’ means thick, or fat. Coincidentally, the same word in English can also express a sentiment I think we both share about Teddy.
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I once, somewhere (can’t recall where), saw Kennedy described as "The Great Bloviator" (I think Bill O’Reilly, another Irishman, is contesting for the title). I thought that fit. I’ve watched a few Ted Kennedy speeches, and it always seemed to me as if someone had just wound him up and sent him out. He just rambles on and on and on. He does make marginally more sense in his speeches than Sheets Byrd, but not whole hell of a lot.
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Pity Mary Jo Kopechne was unavailable for comment.
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Who is this wonderful Edward Kennedy of which he speaks, and is he related to Ted?
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The Runt of a Bad Litter.
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