Man Without Qualities

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

The New York Times Reaches Across The Aisle

In today's Times' report that Senator Harry Reid of Nevada was elected the Senate's minority leader:

Mr. Reid has demonstrated an ability to reach across the aisle. In the spring of 2001, he played a big part in persuading Senator Jeffords to leave the Republican Party.

So that's an example of what the Times views to be the kind of "bipartisan cooperation" we can expect to see from Senator Reid?

Given what we now know of how the Times interprets "reach across the aisle," we can conclude that the Times should also agree with the interpretation placed on the quote from Jesus in Matthew 25 by the likes of the store owner who over charged a new customer twenty-fold for a horse blanket: "He was a stranger, and I took him in." So very true in it's own Timesian fashion!

Perhaps Marc Rich used exactly that biblical construction to explain his $48 million tax fraud and other crimes to the magnanimous Bill Clinton - who pardoned Mr. Rich despite his being ineligible for a pardon, since he never took responsibility for his actions or served any sentence. Indeed, following it's interpretation of "reaching across the aisle," the Times surely considers Mr. Clinton's pardon of Marc Rich to have been an act of purest agape - or "unconditional love."

After all, didn't Mr. Rich himself "reach across the aisle" - if only to pick the government's pocket?

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