Sunday, September 10, 2006

"Unparalleled"

From Charlie Bass's brand-spanking-new website:

Bass has an unparalleled record of protecting the environment and commitment to conservation. The Peterborough Republican has helped secure federal funding to preserve, protect, and enhance some of New Hampshire’s most exceptional natural resources, drawing praise from environmental groups across the state.

Unparalleled:

Without parallel, equal, or match; unequaled. (American Heritage Dictionary)

Not paralleled; unequaled or unmatched; peerless; unprecedented. (Random House Unabridged Dictionary)

Let’s take a narrow view of this. For 2005, Charles Foster Bass receives a score of 33% from the League of Conservation Voters. Other scores of 33% would precisely parallel that. In that sense, Bass is paralleled by fellow Republicans Thomas Davis, Rodney Frelinghuysen, and Todd Platts.

In the sense of being peerless, unmatched, or unprecedented? There are twenty House Republicans with better environmental records in 2005.

I know it’s campaign talk and all, but calling Bass’s record of protecting the environment “unparalleled”? Is also kind of a lie.

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