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July 23, 2012 11:36 AM Logic

By Mark Kleiman

Did you know that half a ham sandwich is better than the love of God?

I can prove it.

If B > C and A > B, then A > C. Right? The transitive principle.

Well, let C = the love of God, B = nothing, and A = half a ham sandwich

What is better than the love of God? Nothing. So B > C.

But half a ham sandwich is better than nothing. So A > B.

So A > C: half a ham sandwich is better than the love of God.

If that logic appeals to you, you’ll love Andrew McCarthy’s column about Michelle Bachmann’s attack on Huma Abedin. No, he says, there isn’t any actual evidence that Abedin is anything but a dedicated public servant. But that’s no reason not to publicly imply that she’s a traitor and call for an “investigation.”

Someone remarked that it was just too perfect that the New York bus driver who caught the falling child was named “St. Bernard.” But “McCarthy” as the name for someone making false accusations of disloyalty isn’t too shabby.

Footnote Nor could there be a more fitting outlet for this garbage than National Review. William F. Buckley acquired an undeserved reputation as a rational, moderate conservative by disowning the John Birch Society. But he was an active supporter of Joe McCarthy as well as a stone racist who explicitly argued that it was OK for Southern whites, as the “advanced race,” to “take such measures as are necessary to prevail,” in a time where “such measures” included not only illegal voter suppression but also acts of extreme violence.

[Cross-posted at The Reality-based Community]

Mark Kleiman is a professor of public policy at the University of California Los Angeles.
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