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From the Will Rogers quote, \x34All politics is applesauce.\x34
Remember when Bill O’Reilly thought it was offensive to call the pope a “primate”?
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Pat Cunningham offers an unabashedly liberal perspective on national politics. A note of caution: The language gets a little salty on some of the sites to which this blog links. So, don't say you weren't warned. By the way, this blog's name is ...
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Pat Cunningham offers an unabashedly liberal perspective on national politics. A note of caution: The language gets a little salty on some of the sites to which this blog links. So, don't say you weren't warned. By the way, this blog's name is inspired by the Will Rogers quote, \x34All politics is applesauce.\x34 In 41 years as a print and broadcast journalist, most of those years with the Rockford (Ill.) Register Star, Pat has covered national politics under eight American presidents. He's attended 10 national political conventions, Republican and Democratic alike, and has interviewed countless prominent political players, including Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush.
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By Pat Cunningham
Feb. 11, 2013 5:07 p.m.





The impending resignation of Pope Benedict XVI brings to mind an episode of six years ago in which Bill O’Reilly of Fox News spectacularly betrayed his ignorance of the English language.

O’Reilly got his undies in a bunch when some liberal somewhere referred to the pope as a “primate.” Bill-o thought the guy was likening the pontiff to an ape.

What a dummy!

The truth is that the pope is a primate in more ways than one. For starters, the word “primate” applies to a variety of mammals — including humans as well as apes.

But more to the point, ...

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