Kathryn Lopez
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But the Senate doesn't get outraged by its own easily. Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois wasn't censured in June 2006 for comparing American troops to genocidal tyrants. And the Senate didn't censure Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy when, in May 2004, he used the occasion of those awful photos from Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq to say, "Shamefully, we now learn that Saddam's torture chambers reopened under new management." Those were inappropriate, awful pictures that debased human dignity, but they weren't the torture chambers of Saddam Hussein, and Kennedy knew it. But the Senate doesn't get outraged at Kennedy. There is only Senate outrage when it's politically convenient -- when it means aiding a push to get Limbaugh kicked off Armed Forces Radio, when it means distorting the truth about someone whose popularity they know is a threat to their political agenda.

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Kathryn Lopez

Kathryn Jean Lopez, editor of National Review Online, writes a weekly column of conservative political and social commentary for Newspaper Enterprise Association.