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Tuesday, February 05, 2008
If there's one thing more than another than I dislike about Pat Buchanan's writing, it's his habit -- vividly on display here -- of tossing around first names or nicknames of statesmen ("Ike," "Bibi") and names of obscure capitals as synecdoches for their governments ("Tbilisi"). These are well-known pundits' tricks for simulating knowledge, but few have mastered them as well as Mr. Buchanan.

In case Mr. Buchanan really wants to know "what guarantee is there a President McCain would nominate and fight for the fifth jurist who would vote to overturn Roe v Wade," he might click here.

And btw, I am not Juan Hernandez.