Reporting From Bizarro World

I think I understand why Weigel got the readership he did at the Post... he's so damn easy to mock.

Take this post, one of the last of his pinch-hitting stint at Sully's place, about a Krauthammer column. He leads with a provocative line (Charles Krauthammer tells it like it is) and a quote indicating that Krauthammer thinks Republicans are badly underestimating Obama.

Wow, you might think. Krauthammer is right about something? Stop the presses! Alert Ted Koppel!

Then, if you're a sucker like me, you click the link and read the rest of the column and realize, ehhh, not so much:

There just isn't enough to cut elsewhere to prevent national insolvency. That will require massive tax increases -- most likely a European-style value-added tax. Just as President Ronald Reagan cut taxes to starve the federal government and prevent massive growth in spending, Obama's wild spending -- and quarantining health-care costs from providing possible relief -- will necessitate huge tax increases.

Off the top of my head, I can see three blatant lies (that significantly reducing the deficit can only be accomplished through massive tax increases, that Reagan cut spending, and that health care costs cannot be reduced in the future) in there. And that's from just one paragraph! But yeah, Dave, Krauthammer is "telling it like it is", if by "telling it like it is" you mean "constantly making shit up."

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