Newspeak

John Hinderaker at Powerline October 6, 2005:

Is this the most feeble indictment in the history of law enforcement? It is certainly a contender.

John Hinderaker at Powerline, April 03, 2006:

It’s too bad, I think. DeLay was an effective leader, albeit too liberal in recent years. It’s possible, of course, that he did something wrong along the way… [emphasis added]

Doublethink:

To know and not to know, to be conscious of complete truthfulness while telling carefully constructed lies, to hold simultaneously two opinions which cancelled out, knowing them to be contradictory and believing in both of them, to use logic against logic, to repudiate morality while laying claim to it, to believe that democracy was impossible and that the Party was the guardian of democracy, to forget whatever it was necessary to forget, then to draw it back into memory again at the moment when it was needed, and then promptly to forget it again: and above all, to apply the same process to the process itself. That was the ultimate subtlety: consciously to induce unconsciousness, and then, once again, to become unconscious of the act of hypnosis you had just performed. Even to understand the word ‘doublethink’ involved the use of doublethink.’

A comment at Capitan’s Quarters, December 6, 2005:

The nice thing about this whole matter: DeLay is a Congressman.

If his district reelects him, there’s not much the MSM can do about it.

Shadenfreude:

a German term meaning “pleasure taken from someone else’s misfortune”.