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As I noted earlier this month, Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Arizona) previously said 90 percent of Planned Parent’s services are related to abortion. The number is actually 3 percent, but Kyl isn’t one to let facts get in the way of a good rant on the floor of Congress. When Kyl’s office was told about the error and given the actual figure, the reply was that Kyl’s statement was not intended to be “factual.”
So, if the 90 percent claim wasn’t supposed to be “factual,” I can’t help but wonder what other parts of his speech were just flailing in the wind. Further, he doesn’t look as if he’s joking or exaggerating in the speech in question:
In a move of complete admission of guilt, the Kyl camp has removed the 90 percent comment from the official Congressional record, as reported by Politico:
Sen. Jon Kyl has quietly removed his infamous comment that 90 percent of Planned Parenthood’s business is abortion from the Congressional Record. Senators are allowed to revise and extend their comments in record and his statement now simply says: “If you want an abortion you go to Planned Parenthood and that is what Planned Parenthood does.” Kyl’s office could not be reached for comment.
While removing the comment from the official record may make Kyl seem less like a buffoon to whatever bookish types might go sifting through the Congressional scrolls years from now, Kyl best hope those researchers don’t have access to the Internet anymore in whatever form it may take in the future. Unfortunately for him, Kyl isn’t powerful enough to redact the comment from cyberspace, in which it will be swirling endlessly on Twitter, Facebook, Google and blogs like this one for years to come. And there’s quite a good chance that the Internet, in some form, will be here long after Kyl’s inane remarks become rhetorical relics.