Wednesday, February 06, 2008

We are the Republican Party front-runner

McCain, last night: “Tonight, I think we must get used to the idea that we are the Republican Party front-runner.” One of the perks of front-runner status: the right to use the Royal We (Pluralis Majestatis).

Condi Rice responds to a question about the Afghan journalist, Pervez Kambakhsh, sentenced to death for blasphemy. The outrage is palpable:
Well, I’ll certainly raise the case with President Karzai. This is a young democracy and I think it won’t surprise you that we are not supportive of everything that comes up through the judicial system in Afghanistan. I do think that the Afghans understand that there are some international norms that need to be respected. Of course, one has national laws and they’re national laws that are in accordance with traditions and religious practice and all -- you know, all elements of indigenous development. But there are international norms, and I’ll certainly talk to President Karzai about this -- about this case.

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