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July 14, 2005

Joe Wilson: Republican



Driven by that weird obsession liberals have of pretending they are Republicans in order to attack Republicans, Wilson implied he had been sent to Niger by Vice President Dick Cheney. Among copious other references to Cheney in the op-ed, Wilson said that CIA "officials asked if I would travel to Niger to check out the story" that Saddam Hussein had attempted to buy uranium from Niger, "so they could provide a response to the vice president's office."

Soon Clown Wilson was going around claiming: "The office of the vice president, I am absolutely convinced, received a very specific response to the question it asked, and that response was based upon my trip out there."

Dick Cheney responded by saying: "I don't know Joe Wilson. I've never met Joe Wilson. I don't know who sent Joe Wilson. He never submitted a report that I ever saw when he came back." Clown Wilson's allegation that Cheney had received his (unwritten) "report" was widely repeated as fact by, among others, The New York Times.

In a huffy editorial, the Times suggested there had been a "willful effort" by the Bush administration to slander the great and honorable statesman Saddam Hussein. As evidence, the Times cited Bush's claims about Saddam seeking uranium from Niger, which, the Times said, had been "pretty well discredited" β€” which, according to my copy of The New York Times Stylebook means "unequivocally corroborated" β€” "by Joseph Wilson 4th, a former American diplomat, after he was dispatched to Niger by the CIA to look into the issue."

So liberals were allowed to puff up Wilson's "report" by claiming Wilson was sent "by the CIA." But β€” in the traditional liberal definition of "criminal" β€” Republicans were not allowed to respond by pointing out Wilson was sent to Niger by his wife, not by the CIA and certainly not by Dick Cheney.

The New Editor:

At the beginning of the interview, Shrum commented that he had never talked to former ambassador Joseph Wilson in his life. However, a moment later Shrum was asserting that Wilson had voted for George Bush in 2000.

I’m sure it’s possible Shrum knows how Wilson voted in 2000 – but the exchange made Shrum look too clever by half.

Of course, the reason Shrum made this assertion was an attempt to draw the controversial Wilson as a non-partisan. But one quick look at publicly available information at opensecrets.org reveals that Wilson is hardly a non-partisan guy.

In 2000, while he contributed $1,000 to George Bush's presidential campaign, Wilson also contributed $1,000 to Al Gore's presidential campaign. In addition, he gave $1,000 to Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA) and $500 to Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) that same election cycle.

In 2002 Wilson contributed $1,000 to Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY). He also contributed a total of $1,750 to three others: two relatively unknown congressmen -- Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA) and Rep. Nick Rahal (D-WV) -- and a Democratic senatorial candidate in Idaho, former Ambassador to Belgium Alan Blinken.

In 2004 Wilson contributed $2,000 to Sen. John Kerry (D-MA).

Partisan Democrats don't hate all Republicans. There are some Republicans they like quite a bit. Republicans like Wilson and Richard Clarke. You know-- Democrats posing as Republicans.

The bestest Republicans in the whole wide world.

PS: I'm a Democrat, so liberal Democrats should listen to what I have to say.

I swear. Seriously. One time I saw Katrina VanDerHeuvelvelvelhueven at a coffee joing and I restrained myself from whore-whipping here on the spot. That's kind of an in-kind donation to The Nation magazine.

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