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Times experiences Freudian slip; Senator Clinton slips a brain disc

This Magazine Staff

Nothing like a heat wave to angry up the blood.
The woman who would be President is displaying some more of that base-cementing political genius she’s developed lately. The New York Times reports on comments Senator Hillary Clinton made about the missiles being lobbed back and forth across the Lebanon/Israel border. She leaves no room for doubt whose side she’s on:
“We will stand with Israel because Israel is standing for American values as well as Israeli ones,” said Mrs. Clinton, who was joined by two dozen political and religious leaders on a stage along 42nd Street.
And then, for good measure, she works in an appeal to all the border-terrified among her own peoples:
“I want us here in New York to imagine, if extremist terrorists were launching rocket attacks across the Mexican or Canadian border, would we stand by or would we defend America against these attacks from extremists?” Mrs. Clinton said to roars of approval.
Um, Mrs. Clinton, what did WE do? Mexico, I get. But Canada?
And, on an even less serious note — that same New York Times, reporting on President Bush’s reasoned response to the Blair/Annan proposal for peace-keeping in the conflict, printed this:
Mr. Bush did not address the plan directly. Nut he expressed his unhappiness about Mr. Annan’s overall approach to the crisis quite bluntly and, unintentionally, quite publicly.
It’s like they’ve just become exhausted from the effort of trying to not call him insane.

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