Wednesday, May 31, 2006


From yesterday's White House briefing with Press Secretary Tony Snow:
Helen Thomas: Why did the President pick a man [Karl Zinsmeister] who is so contemptible of the public servants in Washington to be his adviser--saying, "People in Washington are morally repugnant, cheating, shifty human beings"? Why would he pick such a man to be a domestic adviser?

Mr. Snow: You meant contemptuous, as opposed to contemptible, I think.
There is no doubt that some public servants and others in Washington are "morally repugnant, cheating, shifty human beings". Also no doubt that 'domestic' covers more than just the Distict of Columbia.  It can be hard to forget that most of the country could give a flip about what happens in D.C.  Perhaps Ms. Thomas is feeling a bit put upon.
Helen Thomas: If this is his attitude toward public servants --

MR. SNOW: No, I don't think it's his attitude toward public servants -- it may have been toward the press. Just kidding.

Via Opinion Journal - Best of the Web Today - May 31, 2006
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