“It’s a Number”

Shortly before 9:00 a.m. this morning, the Pentagon announced that the number of U.S. troops who have died in Iraq has reached 2,500.

In the wake of the announcement, the following happened:

Fox News released the results of a Fox News poll touting a five point rise in Bush’s approval ratings.

White House spokesperson Tony Snow responded to reporters’ questions about the death toll with the opening line, “It’s a number. And every time there’s one of these 500 benchmarks, people want something.”

House Republicans and Democrats went head to head over a Republican-proposed resolution that says, among other things, that an “arbitrary date for the withdrawal or redeployment” of troops is not in the national interest.

And People magazine reported that Jessica Simpson likes to kiss with her eyes open.

— Lizzy Ratner “It’s a Number”