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Wednesday, November 06, 2002
 
6:05 PM

Honey, get me rewrite... This Jonathan Last piece at The Weekly Standard online quotes the following from a David Von Drehle news analysis:

But the most revealing comment in these analyses came from Von Drehle, who said of the Democrats, "Party leaders had boasted that they would make [Jeb] Bush pay for his role in the choice of his brother as president two years ago." [emphasis added] Here we are in 2002, and the Washington Post still doesn't think that George W. Bush was elected.

Last doesn't provide a link, and the phrase no longer appears in Bush Bets His Popularity And Scores a Big Victory, which as far as I can determine is the story Last's referring to (it does contain the sentence: The story of Election 2002, ultimately, may be a continuing inability of either party to form a strong governing majority in a country almost perfectly divided between the two. Though in Last's version the word "ultimately" does not appear.)

So again, to review, Last says this sentence was in the Von Drehle analysis:

Party leaders had boasted that they would make [Jeb] Bush pay for his role in the choice of his brother as president two years ago.

And the closest thing I can find in the version now available is this:

Democratic threats to make the president's brother pay for his role in the bitter 2000 presidential recount fizzled weakly.



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