Sunday, August 01, 2004


Tell it to Starr

A piece in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer goes to great lengths to make sure that Joe Wilson doesn't become the suject:

Wilson also was wrong in assuming his information went to Vice President Dick Cheney; but the report says Cheney should have been briefed. Beyond that, Wilson can appear self-promotional, and caustic, even bombastic, as critics gleefully trumpet. But, much as they might wish, his personality isn't the issue.
Where were these sticklers for on-subjectude when Ken Starr was being trashed as a rightwing zealot, sex-obsessed puritan, and (as David Kendall backhandedly referred to him) "pious man"?

The fact of the matter is, Joe Wilson is a hotdog, he does have a grudge against the Bush administration, and he has been proven wrong. Try as they might, the editors at the Seattle P-I aren't going to put a sheen on this particular bit of scat, because they obviously don't know it from Shine-ola.

Only in the major city editorial rooms can someone be so strongly defended for being so wrong, while another can be personally savaged for being so right. Luckily for Ken Starr, he doesn't give a tinker's damn about what the editorial boards think of him. Unfortunately for Joe Wilson, it's all he gives a damn about.

Well...that, and cocktail parties.

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