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March 29, 2007

Hypocrisy Is Harder to Micromanage than War
Posted by Heather Hurlburt

Travis Sharp over at IraqInsider posted some nifty research on Senators currently complaining about Democrats' so-called micromanaging of the Iraq war who themselves voted for legislation to block, reverse or time-limit troop deployments in Somalia and Haiti in the 1990s.  Senators McCain, Hatch and Bennett are among those he catches in the act of hypocrisy.

This point even got some nice MSM pickup, which left Travis feeling a little grumpy that the NY Times editorial board appears to have used the research but not given him credit.  To which I can only offer the speechwriters' refrain:

"Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery."

Click through for a descent into true speechwriter pedantry on that point:

My Bartlett's Familiar Quotations 16th edition, the one I ran out and bought the day I got my first speechwriting job, sources more or less this quote to Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832) as "Imitation is the sincerest flattery."

In another sign of how standards are declining, however, The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy on line sources it only as "a proverb." Shame!

But as the web takes away, it gives; Bartlett's starchy reserve tells me nothing about Charles Caleb Colton, but online I find more of his sayings and learn that he was an English clergyman and wine merchant "known for his eccentricities."

Consider which of our 21st-century contemporaries you'd like to imagine reduced to a bio entry "known for his eccentricities" in 150 years.  John Bolton and the stapler-throwing?


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