Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Huh?

The brouhaha over the AP's bungled reporting of Obama's position on supporting religious charities reminded me of something I was puzzling over before the Clark affair disracted me. Reporting on the Supreme's DC gun decision, the AP's Liz Sidoti led with this...
John McCain welcomed a Supreme Court decision invalidating a District of Columbia handgun ban. Barack Obama sought to straddle the subject by saying he favors an individual's right to bear firearms as well as a government's right to regulate them.
Let's see, the Supreme Court ruled that there is an individual right to bear arms, but that the government has a right to regulate the exercise of that right. Obama, on the other hand, believes that there is an individual right to bear arms, but that the government has a right to regulate the exercise of that right.

"Straddle," Liz? I think the word you were looking for was "agreed."

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