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Why Oh Why Can't We Have a Better Press Corps? (Washington Post/Sebastian Mallaby Edition)

How many lies by Sebastian Mallaby can you spot here?

Sebastian Mallaby - The Other Team's Playbook - washingtonpost.com: [J]ust as Democrats have gained the upper hand on foreign policy, so Republicans have gained the upper hand on health policy.... Last week Arnold Schwarzenegger became the third Republican governor (following Jim Douglas of Vermont and Mitt Romney of Massachusetts) to announce a plan for universal health care; only one Democratic governor (John Baldacci of Maine) has matched that.... [T]he Democrats are advocating a faith-based delusion while Republicans represent the reality-based community....

The Bush administration is already more Wilsonian than Wilson's party, but that's an old piece of cross-dressing.... Bush may... emerge as the lesser of two budgetary evils. Consider: The Democrats have already slammed the door on Social Security reform and are now sorely tempted to propose congressional initiatives that aren't paid for....

The grand prize... will go to the administration if it tackles climate change.... I put the case for a carbon tax or a cap-and-trade system to... the head of the Council on Environmental Quality at the White House.... Connaughton sounded open to them. "In concept I can agree with you," he said. Something must be done to stem demand for climate-warming energy, and although there are several ways of getting there, a carbon tax or cap-and-trade system would be the most "elegant." Whoa! This may be spin, but it's certainly new spin.... [I]t will be interesting to watch the administration's energy policy. Does it want to address climate change or merely the chimera of energy security?...

With columnists like this, I really don't think the Washington Post will be here in a decade. With columnists like this, the Washington Post today should be paying its readers rather than charging them.

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