Saturday, September 18, 2004

Tim Michels is Somewhat Forgetful

by Tom Bozzo

As reported in the Capital Times:

On Tuesday, state Republicans picked Tim Michels, a relative unknown who ran largely on his experience as an Army Ranger and who, in his acceptance speech, vowed to renew the Patriot Act (*).

"I believe the Patriot Act is the reason there have been no terrorist attacks in three years," he said, referring to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, D.C.


Apparent contribution of the USA PATRIOT Act to bringing the anthrax perpetrator(s) to justice, by Michels' logic: nil.

Bonus: Those successful terrorism prosecutions. Oops. And this.

(*) Just about as irritating as the practice of giving legislation a short title that resolves to a politically loaded acronym is the lazy reporter's habit of shortening the acronym to an even more loaded popular title.

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