'Gangster Government?' Please, that's Michael Barone's phrase. 

Watching David Gregory quiz Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., over the phrase "Gangster Government" yesterday was extremely ridiculous -- both his insinuation that there was something "over the line" about the term (he even invoked the Oklahoma City bombing) and her timidity in owning it.


From what I can tell, the phrase as applied to the Obama administration was coined a year ago, and not by Michele Bachmann or any other rabid partisan, but by our own professor of politics, Michael Barone. He was writing last May about a government that threw aside the law in order to rescue the UAW from a GM bankruptcy -- which is what the Obama administration did.

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David Freddoso came to the Washington Examiner in June 2009, after serving for nearly two years as a Capitol Hill-based staff reporter for National Review Online. Before writing his New York Times bestselling book, The Case Against Barack Obama, he spent three years assisting Robert Novak, the legendary Washington... more
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