October 13, 2011

JAMES TARANTO: INK-STAINED VIGILANTE:

Dionne’s criticism of Gingrich is a bit misleading. As we shall see, the erstwhile speaker accused Frank and Dodd of corruption; he did not suggest jailing them because “we disagree with” them. But that’s a quibble. Dionne is quite right to point out that in America we do not imprison people without due process. Neither Frank nor Dodd has been charged with, much less convicted of, any crime. Gingrich’s statement was indeed outrageous.

But as the transcript shows, it was not Gingrich who introduced this pernicious, un-American idea into the debate. It was Dionne’s colleague Karen Tumulty, a Post reporter and one of the debate panelists.

That’s different. She was talking about jailing business executives, not corrupt Democratic politicians.

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