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My Struggle with Political Discourse

Will the rhetoric ever change?

Apr 30, 2007, Vol. 12, No. 31 • By P.J. O'ROURKE
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In fact none of the '08 candidates said any of these things. All the foregoing examples of rotten political discourse come from a single famously loathsome, hateful, and wretched political character. He was a pretty good vote-getter in his day. And his book was a bestseller. To borrow a joke that's been bouncing around on the Internet, here is his interview on Larry King Live:

"Larry: I hate to bring this up, but I've got to ask. What are you doing to the Jews?

"GUEST: Ve are doing noffing to der Jews!

"Larry: I'm glad we got that out of the way. How are Eva and the kids?"

P.J. O'Rourke is a contributing editor to THE WEEKLY STANDARD.