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"A strong conviction that something must be done is the parent of many bad measures."
  -- Daniel Webster

Thursday, October 29, 2009 :::

The current administration has been harsher toward critics than should be considered decent, but I can't get worked up about this, at least as described:
President Obama isn't taking kindly to a television ad that criticizes his opposition to a popular scholarship program for poor children, and his administration wants the ad pulled...

"I saw [Holder] at an event," said Chavous. "He did ask me in front of others to pull the ad. My response was, 'No, and I tell you what, if the president does the right thing, not only will we pull it but we will celebrate him.' "
Some of the rhetoric about Fox News and the tea party protesters could be considered threatening or, at best, unPresidential. But I think a cabinet official can go as far as "ask[ing]... in front of others" without being guilty of abusing his power (in fact, if he wanted to imply a threat, I would think he'd do it in private, like Spitzer).

::: posted by Steven at 7:51 PM

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