Mistakes Were Made

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Dahlia Lithwick has a great run down on Sara Taylor’s non-testimony, and reminds us all that our Comp 101 professors were right when they preached the evils of the passive voice:

The problem I’m having in mustering any sympathy for poor Sara Taylor today is that she was no more “put” in this uncomfortable position than Kyle Sampson was “made” the “aggregator” of targeted U.S. attorneys. You can use the passive voice all you want, I suppose, but it doesn’t change the fact that Taylor and now Harriet Miers have chosen to honor their former boss’s absurdly broad assertion of executive privilege over a congressional subpoena. Loyalty to your boss is not a legal doctrine.

I think that last line could well be the epitaph of the administration.