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Leon Freilich, the poet laureate of Park Slope, was so impressed by Attorney General Alberto Gonzales’s recent testimony in Congress that he wrote this inspired verse, “I Did Not Do What I Can’t Remember”:

So Alberto Gonzales misspoke — so what?
Wasn’t Scooter Libby in a similar spot?
Despite the Democrats’ righteous rages,
Couldn’t faulty recollections be contagious?
We need to allow that memory lapses
Are among the plausible perhapses,
Though it often happens that political climbers
Come down with a case of convenient Alzheimer’s.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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