Monday, February 19, 2007
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
A Botched Attempt at Hiding His Elitism
"You know, education, if you make the most of it, and you study hard and you do your homework and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well. If you don't, you get stuck in
I have to say that the best case I have heard in the mainstream media that Kerry made a simple gaffe and should essentially be given a pass was made by talk radio host Ed Schultz. He points to the pause and head dip Kerry made just before the he uttered the last sentence quoted above. (I’m sure the video is on YouTube somewhere if you haven’t seen it.) I’ll grant Mr. Schultz that point. What I’d really like to see is the three or four seconds after the later sentence. I’m sure I’m not going to get it because that would take away valuable bloviation time for the talking heads, but to me that would be the telling clip. Sometimes a pause before a verbal misstep is telling, but sometimes it is a pause to make sure I really wants to go through with a controversial statement. If it was truly a “botched joke” as Kerry insists, then I would expect a stutter or a quick correction or at least a look of panic in his eyes. I want to see Kerry’s eyes after his brain processed what he just said.
That said; let’s grant that it was in fact a botched joke. Kerry still has a real problem that demonstrates that he hasn’t learned a single thing from losing the 2004 election. He is a tone deaf, elitist, snob.
If Senator Kerry intended to insult George Bush, he also just insulted about 95% of the country and I doubt many of them need George Bush’s outrage (real or conjured) to realize it. Her just insulted everyone who just barely squeaked through college, struggled to make it through a community, technical, or vocational school, everyone who dropped out of college never to return, anyone who had to go to a college that had to admit them even though they were accepted nowhere else, only finished high school, and finally those who failed to matriculate through the 12th grade.
That is the reason this story resonates, not because of anything George Bush or any other republican is saying about Senator Kerry.
Wednesday, July 12, 2006
Is Joe WIlson Really Robert Novak's Source?
Dean Esmay, preceded by his wife, posts that Robert Novak identified the Plame leaker as none other than her husband Joe Wilson. After reading the links, I thought I was missing something. I read on until I got to Novak’s column.
I have to disagree with Dean, Rosemary, and her source Protein Wisdom. Not only does Novak not identify his primary source, but he gives hints that point directly away from
In my sworn testimony, I said what I have contended in my columns and on television: Joe Wilson's wife's role in instituting her husband's mission was revealed to me in the middle of a long interview with an official who I have previously said was not a political gunslinger. (Emphasis added)
Following my interview with the primary source, I sought out the second administration official and the CIA spokesman for confirmation.
I learned Valerie Plame's name from Joe Wilson's entry in Who's Who in
The first example clearly points away from
In the second example we get to the issue of “two administration officials.” If you remember the story as it was developing, these 2 were always presumed to be Rove and Libby. Novak distinctly separates the CIA source from administration sources. If Rove was the second source, the primary source was also and “administration official.”
Here is where people are really getting into trouble. There seem to be only two ways to go with this statement, Novak was told “my wife” or Novak was told “his wife” by the primary source. Some have clearly bought into the “my wife” and that leads Novak to lookup his primary source’s profile in Who’s Who. However, “his wife” also can lead straight to the Who’s Who entry.
Given all the other indicators in the column, “his wife” is a far more logical conclusion.
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
Tuesday, April 18, 2006
Tuesday, February 14, 2006
Shotgun Cheney and the Wild Wild Press
I have been told that one of the most important components of intelligence is an ability to accurately gauge one’s own abilities and talents. As such, I’d like to confess that I would, if ever called upon, be the worst press secretary in the history of The White House. I’m certain that I could have made it through about twenty minutes of the same question being asked in every conceivable way the way Scott McClellan has dealt with the past two days. Any more than twenty minutes and my ability to amuse myself would rapidly diminish.
For the past two days the White House Press Corps have all been asking the same question. Whether it relates to the actual hunting accident or the heart attack Scott McClellan has only been asked one question phrased hundreds of different ways.
“How dare you give away our scoop, don’t you know who we are?”