Roy Edroso, one of the best writers on the Web or anywhere, observes: “Andrew Sullivan is freaked out that Obama only ‘denounced’ Farrakhan, as opposed to — what? Producing a Farrakhan doll and biting its throat open?”

Fans of close reading and word meanings may enjoy, or be completely horrified by, Tim Russert and Obama going at it over the qualitative difference between “denounce” and “reject.” Andrew Sullivan tries to fit more angels on the pin: “Does Obama understand that saying he has consistently denounced him is not the same as simply saying, ‘I denounce him’?” Maybe he should have been an English teacher instead of a law prof, but fans of Obama will be pleased to observe that Obama totally manhandles Russert. Only seven more months to go!

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