Dana Milbank had a rare gen yesterday in the Washington Post. On most days I don’t read him (he gets too snarky and cynical for my taste), but I thought this column on super committee nihilist Jon Kyl, Republican Senator from Arizona, was particularly cogent (I first encountered this article through Andrew Sullivan’s blog). Kyl is the #2 Republican in the Senate. As Sullivan would say, “money quote”:
‘Walking napalm’ is how one Democratic aide involved in the supercommittee described Kyl this week. And if the senator makes some mistakes as he burns down the village — well, that’s just a cost of doing business. Earlier this year, when Kyl was leading an effort to cut off funding for Planned Parenthood, he claimed on the Senate floor that abortion is ‘well over 90 percent of what Planned Parenthood does.’ The actual number is 3 percent. An aide to Kyl explained: ‘His remark was not intended to be a factual statement.’
Facts only matter when they are true. Milbank, by the way, gives a lot more credit to the other Republicans than I would have, but I suppose he has his sources.