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June 18, 2003

Fuck the Pirke Avot, I've got a snarky blog!

Daniel Radosh

No one expects cultural sensitivity from James Taranto, but is cultural literacy too much to ask? In today's Opinion Journal, JT mocks the supposed devolution of "Great Orators of the Democratic Party," from Andrew Jackson's, "One man with courage makes a majority," to Carol Moseley Braun's, "If not now, when? If not me, who?" If Taranto had actually read the article about Moseley Braun that he linked to, he'd see that in fact she was employing a standard paraphrase of Rabbi Hillel, who is only one of the great thinkers of all time. His most famous saying is more profound than anything Andrew Jackson -- or James Taranto -- ever said.

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