Respect — Not

“With all due respect,” Mr. Dangerfield.

Ever notice how often that rhetorical device seeps into the line of questioning — especially of an authority figure? It was never more apparent than at President George W. Bush’s day-after press conference last week. More than a few Washington press corps queries — and follow-ups — had that same preface.

Just out of curiosity, when was the last time that phrase was ever followed by anything even remotely resembling respect?

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