In my editor’s note in the February issue on how the “fact-checking” press gives the president a pass, I discussed how the go-to pose by lefty opinion journalists in the Obama era is to cloak their essentially partisan cheerleading in the holy glow of “facts,” “science,” and “math.” Dickerson deploys all three words in the main section of his non-apology…

I’ve always found the enthusiasm among opinion journalists for helping build a permanent governing majority to be as creepy as it is futile. But different strokes, etc. What interests me here is how the Cloak of Empricisim is beginning to blind wearers to the plain meaning of their own words. That, and I think Dickerson was on to something in his description of Obama’s divide-and-conquer strategy. As he put it in the original column, “The president already appears to be headed down this path.”