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The concerned speed-readers of America

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At about 1 p.m. today, the Clinton library released more than 45,000 pages of documents relating to Elena Kagan's service in the Clinton administration. You can read them here. At about 1:45 p.m., I got this news release from the Concerned Women for America:

Thousands of pages of documents were released today about Elena Kagan, President Obama’s nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court. As Concerned Women for America suspected, Kagan is the socially liberal nominee they thought she was.

I'm inclined to take their word for it, as anyone who can read that fast must be really, really smart.

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By Ezra Klein  |  June 4, 2010; 3:00 PM ET
 
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Sounds like the people ("tea partiers" and such) who kept saying to congressmen and others "Why haven't you read the health care bill?", and citing the nonexistent "death panels" and other fiction that were never in it.

Apparently many of the "Concerned Women For America" and the tea partiers must have been the type of students who read the Cliffs Notes in high school instead of the assigned books!

Posted by: mkarns | June 4, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

The thought occurs, that given Hollywood's propensity to make remakes how about they make one of Harold & Maude, only set in nazi Germany, where the star crossed lovers are brought together by their devotion to fascism.. and attending the funerals of theri victims. They could cast Ezra & Helen Thomas as the pair, given that both exemplify the mindsets needed to pull off such roles.

Posted by: jenn3 | June 4, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

@Jenn3: Huh?? What part of this argument are you responding to exactly?

Posted by: spaz06 | June 4, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

"The thought occurs, that given Hollywood's propensity to make remakes how about they make one of Harold & Maude, only set in nazi Germany, where the star crossed lovers are brought together by their devotion to fascism.. and attending the funerals of theri victims. They could cast Ezra & Helen Thomas as the pair"


what????

Posted by: jkaren | June 4, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

"The thought occurs,"

when thoughts like that occur, try to do some visual imaging...
you know, fields with monarch butterflies, your happiest moment as child....that sort of thing.

Posted by: jkaren | June 4, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

I think this group is actually incredibly slow. They got as far as reading the word "Clinton" on the web address, and it took them 45 minutes to remember that he wasn't a Republican.

Posted by: JasonFromSeattle | June 4, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

"The thought occurs,"

when thoughts like that occur,
it is God's little reminder
for you to take your medication
EVERY day...

Posted by: Patrick_M | June 4, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

A conservative group makes a ridiculous statement composed entirely of right-wing spin after obviously doing no research at all and having no concrete evidence to back up what they're saying? That never happens!

Posted by: gmarasco | June 4, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

They did a quick search for the word "abortion", I'm bettin'. Or something like that.

Posted by: Kevin_Willis | June 4, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

That's ok.

Today, "Kagan is the socially liberal nominee they thought she was."

Three months from now, they won't have had nearly enough time to learn anything about her and we'll need to start all over with a blank SCOTUS nominee.

Posted by: slag | June 4, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

I used to work in the same building as the CW4A, and based on months of elevator sharing I can vouch for both their speed-reading and their concern.

Posted by: steve_thorngate | June 4, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

changing the subject since I wasn't satisfied with your analysis of the criticism of the Dartmouth study. NY Times has a very nice report that clearly points out the problems with that study: Critics Question Study Cited in Health Debate. Take a look at it, boy genius, as that's some real analysis.

Posted by: goadri | June 4, 2010 6:15 PM | Report abuse

"...changing the subject since I wasn't satisfied with your analysis of the criticism of the Dartmouth study..."

IDEA: Instead of "changing the subject," why not post your comment below the post to which it actually relates:


http://voices.washingtonpost.com/ezra-klein/2010/06/loser-free_health-care_reform.html


Is that really so hard?

Posted by: Patrick_M | June 6, 2010 5:00 AM | Report abuse

That's not how fast they read.

It's how fast they *type.*

Posted by: pj_camp | June 6, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Not trying to validate right wingnuttery here, but your post made me think "How could I get a good bead on a person from 45000 pages of history in just 45 min."

Word mapping is one technology that comes to mind. For those that are unfamiliar the software does some analysis on word frequency and also pattern frequency if it is good software. Most can filter out words of no importance (the, it, then, etc...)

While this is not a perfect understanding, if you had your pattern dictionary pretty well defined before hand (and validated against known sources) you could get a decent Gage of someones ideology quickly. 45 min. is 1 minute to scan 1000 pages. That seems a bit fast for a desktop, but a DBMS server could do that easily.

Posted by: chrynoble | June 9, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

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