CHRIS CHRISTIE last week at Reagan Library re American Exceptionalism:
Implicit in ‘American Exceptionalism’ is that we are different and, yes, better, in the sense that our democracy, our economy and our people have delivered.
But for [it] to truly deliver hope and a sterling example to the rest of the world, it must be demonstrated – not just asserted.
So the Governor thinks we may have slipped down the ladder a bit. Good thing he isn’t running.
AND THIS from Duane:
In response to an assertion from Dick and/or Liz Cheney that President Obama “slandered the nation,” and that he “owes an apology to the American people” for daring to criticize the Bush torture policy while subsequently following Bush-like counterterrorism strategy, John McCain said the following:
“It is very obvious that one of the great recruitment tools that our enemy has is the fact that we tortured people, which is not in keeping with the standards of the treatment of prisoners. We never got useful information as a result of torture, but we sure got a lot of angry citizens around the world, and deservedly so.”
“Deservedly so.” Imagine, if you can, what would have happened if President Obama had said “citizens around the world” were “deservedly” angry at us for torturing prisoners.
Cox Newspapers columnist Frank Cerabino (link broken) suggested what might happen.
Fox News studios would have been awash in a tsunami of mouth foam.