To cleanse the palate, a textbook example of how The One gets his lackeys to do his dirty work for him while styling himself as Mr. Reasonable in front of the cameras. Not only did his deputy NSA drop an op-ed on hawks this morning all but accusing them of treason for criticizing The One’s handling of terror interrogations (does that mean Arlen Specter’s a traitor too?), but this remonstrance from America’s new Dr. Phil came at the very same presser at which his official mouthpiece goofed lamely on Sarah Palin. I’m almost disappointed that he didn’t punctuate it with a “teabagger” reference. Best to leave that stuff to high-minded civic servants like Alan Grayson, I guess. Click the image to watch.

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