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Feb 21, 2011, Vol. 16, No. 22 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
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Admittedly, The Scrapbook doesn’t lose sleep over the wayward path of the Democratic party. But if we have to read yet another story about an anguished Republican voter in Oregon who can’t abide the Tea Party, it would be nice to read an accompanying profile of a lonely pro-life Democrat in Pennsylvania who supports the war on terror and is distressed by “stimulus” spending. ♦

Correction of the Year (so far)

"An article on Jan. 16 about drilling for oil off the coast of Angola erroneously reported a story about cows falling from planes, as an example of risks in any engineering endeavor. No cows, smuggled or otherwise, ever fell from a plane into a Japanese fishing rig. The story is an urban legend, and versions of it have been reported in Scotland, Germany, Russia and other locations” (New York Times, February 6, 2011). ♦

Great Moments in Acknowledgments

"For well over twenty years, one of the greatest pleasures during campaign season has been the companionship of journalist-author Joe Klein; we have broken bread from one end of the country to the other, and on several occasions have gathered a gaggle of colleagues for lengthy lunches and dinners. Beyond that, Joe is a good friend and a one-man generator of ideas .  .  . ” (from Then Everything Changed: Stunning Alternate Histories of American Politics: JFK, RFK, Carter, Ford, Reagan, by Jeff Greenfield (Putnam). ♦

Sentences We Didn’t Finish

"The Republican Party tries to claim the Reagan mantle but has moved so far to the right that it now inhabits its own parallel universe. On the planet that today’s GOP leaders call home, Reagan would qualify as one of those big-government, tax-and-spend liberals who .  .  .  ” (Eugene Robinson, Washington Post, February 8, 2011). ♦

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