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Sunday, May 22, 2005

Dean on MTP

But the thing that really bothered me the most, which the 9-11 Commission said also wasn't true, is the insinuation that the president continues to make to this day that Osama bin Laden had something to do with supporting terrorists that attacked the United States. That is false.

Yeah, he meant Saddam Hussein and Russert didn't bother correcting him. Another poor moment:

We get lectured by people all day long about moral values by people who have their own moral shortcomings. I don't think we ought to give a whole lot of lectures to people--I think the Bible says something to the effect that be careful when you talk about the shortcomings of somebody else when you haven't removed the moat from your own eye. And I don't think we ought to be lectured to by Republicans who have got all these problems themselves.

First, to the transcript person, that's "mote", not "moat"; as a dictionary site explains, "This word (meaning 'speck') should not be confused with moat, meaning 'a ditch round a castle'." Second, to Dean, the accurate quotation is to say that we shouldn't criticize the mote in someone else's eye with disregard to the log or beam in our own (depending on your translation).

Dean then later told Russert, "I'm a committed Christian. ... I pray every night. That's my business." Obviously it's not his business if he feels compelled to bring up how religious he is on the show, and it doesn't do much good to go around misquoting such famous Bible passages that even a heathen like me knows he misquoted it when watching the interview.

Overall, a decent performance by Ho-Ho. I liked the whole riff on reframing the abortion debate as one about personal freedom--he got into this discussing Schiavo too. Some of Russert's questions were pretty absurd too ("When did the president ever suggest that Saddam Hussein was responsible for September 11?").