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Columnists? More like “Communists”!: … Anthony Lewis could use a sedative right about now.

The Bush motto, a Washington quip has it, is “Do it my way or no way.” That catches the willful quality of these first months. But there is more to the story than that. This is the most radical administration in living American memory. I use the word deliberately. Today’s right calls itself “conservative,” but it is not that. Conservatives want to conserve. That is why Teddy Roosevelt started the national parks and the conservation movement. George W. Bush and his people are driven by right-wing ideology to an extent not remotely touched by even the Reagan administration.

And we haven’t seen the half of it. As Mr. Dombeck said of opening the national forests to road-building, the decisions “will have implications that will last many generations.”

All this from a man who ran as a “compassionate conservative,” concealing his hard-edged ideology, and who could not get half the voters to vote for him even in that guise.

… and whoo, don’t get me started on Maureen Dowd.

Being witty about poisoned drinking water isn’t easy. It requires a certain obtuse savoir-faire.

Our president gave it a go Thursday night at a press dinner here.

“As you know, we’re studying safe levels for arsenic in drinking water,” he told the crowd of radio and TV correspondents at the Washington Hilton. “To base our decision on sound science, the scientists told us we needed to test the water glasses of about 3,000 people.

Thank you for participating.”

I guess a guy who can yuk it up about a woman he has executed in Texas can yuk it up about anything.

But it was a creepy moment.

It worked for Erin Brockovich to joke about the carcinogens in the water enviro-villains were sipping because she wanted to get the poison out. W. wants to keep the poison in � to help the enviro-villains who contributed to his campaign.

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