Ladies and gentlemen, Dana Milbank:
Kevin McCarthy is about to ascend to the highest office in the House of Representatives and become second in line to the presidency.
But there is a problem: The speaker-apparent apparently still can’t speak.
You know, you might think it a cheap setup, and, well, maybe it is, but the Washington Post column has something of a Be Sharps ring about it: This one writes itself. No, really. It does.
I have been tracking the California Republican’s valiant but often unsuccessful struggles with the English language for some time now, and I was alarmed to watch him lose another round on Monday during a foreign-policy speech to the John Hay Initiative, a new outfit of the neo-conservative bent.
“If I look at history of where we are it seems a lot like 1979,” McCarthy informed his audience in the ballroom of Washington’s St. Regis hotel.
“We must engage this war of radical Islam if our life depended on it because it does,” he opined.
And, yes, like a rock on a heap of two-bit proverbs, it only goes downhill from there.
Almost indescribably. The column could easily be just a string of quotes, but at some point Milbank is obliged to cut away for some commentary: (more…)