Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Yes, that's a petard allright.

Redstate's resident misanthrope, Moe Lane, takes Barack Obama to task for fumbling a detail as he claims the Democratic nomination:

56. The fifty states, plus American Samoa, Democrats Abroad, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands. Unless you particularly felt like insulting Montana and South Dakota this evening? Or just didn't care? - well, at any rate it's precisely this keen attention to detail, regard for the feelings of others, and rigorous fact-checking that is going to make campaigning against you and yours such a joy for us, Senator.

In his speech, Mr. Obama referred to "fifty-four hard fought contests."

However, the error seems to belong to Mr. Lane. The primary campaign consisted of 54 "hard fought" contests and two that were uncontested by Mr. Obama. It would be an error to call the primaries in Florida and Michigan "hard fought," wouldn't it?

Mr. Lane, may I introduce you to your own petard?

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