OP-ED OF THE DAY….Jon Chait today:

When the White House appointed retired Sen. John B. Breaux (D-La.) to co-chair its commission on tax reform last week, newspapers described him, as they always do, with phrases like “moderate,” “valuable broker between the parties” and “legendary dealmaker.” Given the conventions of objective journalism, a truly accurate description, like “repellent sleazebag,” might be too much to expect. But was it truly necessary to shower him with such lofty descriptions?

The man has a way with words, doesn’t he?