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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

To the pain

Are the young Republican governors-cum-2012 presidential hopefuls channeling The Princess Bride?

You may recall that when Wesley challenged Prince Humperdinck for the hand of Buttercup, he did the Prince one better in characterizing the duel. When Humperdinck dismissed the challenge with "I know, I know, to the death," Wesley countered with a detailed accounting of "to the pain."

Tell me Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal isn't thinking of the same thing when he cavalierly dismisses higher unemployment benefits for his jobless residents so that he can uphold his alleged ideological purity.

Unfortunately, all too many Louisiana residents already paid the price for GOP purity, nicely summarized by the Globe as "Grandstanding or Posturing."

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