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Oct 11, 2010, Vol. 16, No. 04 • By PHILIP TERZIAN
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Of course, no one had disputed Colbert’s right as an American to petition Congress; the question was whether this particular episode reduced public esteem for Congress to unprecedented depths or, a little over a month before the midterm elections, revealed the desperation and disharmony—and attendant lack of judgment—within Democratic ranks. 

In due course, it fell to Speaker Pelosi’s deputy, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, to acknowledge what had been obvious the week before: The spectacle may have been more embarrassing to Colbert than to the House, he told Fox News, but “I think it was inappropriate.”

Lya Graf, whose given name was Lia Schwarz and whose mother was Jewish, returned home to Germany in 1935, was arrested in 1937, and was incinerated at Auschwitz in 1941. 

Philip Terzian is literary editor of The Weekly Standard.

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