Friday, May 25, 2007


A Swampland commenter notices that Joke Line is still full of it (even more than was obvious).

Attention Jokeline; The original post quoted Rep. Harman in the past tense, meaning the conversation took place after the vote. Why was her staff required to contact you with the facts? Did Rep. Harman forget how she voted during your conversation? Or did you modify the tense to fit a blurb you had already decided to write?

Indeed, Joe wrote:

Yesterday I spoke with Congresswoman Jane Harman (D-Ca.) just back from Iraq, who voted for the bill--as did a majority of Democrats who are not running for President. "Look, I would love to have cast a vote against Bush on this. We need a new strategy and I hope we can force one in September," she told me. "But I flew into Baghdad on a troop transport with 150 kids, heading into the field. To vote against this bill was to vote against giving them the equipment, the armor they need. I couldn't do that."

Ah, modern journalism.

...adding, it's possible that Klein is quoting Harman accurately, in which case she was inappropriately using the past tense to describe an action which hadn't happened, but it would be rather odd to do so and not find it... odd.