Monday, July 25, 2005

New Lows....

NRO's Cliff May today on Joe Wilson:
And BTW, anyone curious how an ex-ambassador to Gabon earned enough to live in Georgetown with a view of the Capitol? How many other former ambassadors to Africa are doing so well? One would think some of those tough-minded MSM reporters interviewing Joe Wilson might at least ask him such questions. One would be wrong.
Telling, isn't it?

Sheesh.

22 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sure Shirley Temple Black, former ambassador to Ghana, has a much bigger spread than Wilson. Oh and by the way, where does Cliff May, the hack NRO writer, live?

7/25/2005 6:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Telling indeed. When they are resorting to this sort of thing, you KNOW they are worried.

7/25/2005 6:40 PM  
Anonymous m osman said...

lots of gas left on the attack machine

7/25/2005 8:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe he and his wife have a nice house because his wife was paid well because had a high-security clearance doing difficult work for the CIA. I hope she was paid well, because she certainly had a more difficult, dangerous job than most Americans. Do the folks at NRO remember that they were a 2 income household, both public servants at the high end of the pay scale... oh, right, that was back when she HAD a job before she lost that because of some right-wing zealots.

7/25/2005 10:58 PM  
Anonymous KevinNYC said...

That is a great catch. It reminds me of when Frist accussed Richard Clarke of perjury from the Senate floor. He wouldn't repeat the charge outside the Senate because libel laws would have applied and he might have been sued. Hastert did the same thing as well. Kerry called their bluff and challenged them to prosecute Clarke they had any proof. Last I looked, they had done shit about it.

This is just smear him with anything you got and maybe people will forget that Iraq didn't have a nuclear program.

I haven't read the Corner in a while. It's always an eye-opener on the bankruptcy of movement-conservatives. Apparently it was Joe Wilson's fault that his wife was outed because he didn't run his op-ed by his wife before he published it. Or because his wife told people she worked as a "consultant" or an "economist" but Joe Wilson said she was an "energy analyst" as if that couldn't actually be ways of describring the same job. It's not like those are completely mutually exclusive, God Forbid, an economist is employed as an eneregy analyst. It's not like he said Plumber, Neurosugereon and Graphic Designer.

7/26/2005 12:15 AM  
Anonymous ctbill said...

totally intellectually empty to make this an issue of WIlson's own money. Incredible really.

7/26/2005 2:58 AM  
Anonymous KevinNYC said...

Seriously, where do ex-ambassadors get the bankroll where they can go galavanting off and take an 8 day unpaid trip to Niger on behalf of their government? Has anyone asked Joe Wilson if he didn't pay for his trip by taking home some of that sweet yellowcake which he could then turn around and sell to Saddam Hussein?

This whole case raises a lot of questions.

7/26/2005 4:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh for pity's sake. This is just one of those throw away lines designed to detract attention from the real issues. I guess that shows you how worried the right is and how weak their defense really is.

Yes Georgetown is expensive - and always was - but please it is not out of the realm of possibility that a double income couple, both of whom make more than nice salaries could afford to buy a house there.

Sheesh.

7/26/2005 8:50 AM  
Blogger 277fia said...

The question itself is not bad but I am sure Cliff May already knows the answer. The right wingers have already conducted online "investigations" into his business. Google "Joe Wilson investments Africa" or "JC Wilson International Ventures Corp."

7/26/2005 9:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Also check out the attacks in the Weekly Standard on Larry Johnson, ("a decorated veteran of the CIA and the former deputy director of U.S. State Department's Office of Counterterrorism. A life-long Republican..." from http://www.thecarpetbaggerreport.com/). Johnson had the temerity to defend Valerie Plame.

Is power taht important? How can these people look themselves in the mirror in morning?

"For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?"

7/26/2005 12:32 PM  
Blogger uptowngbv said...

So is he saying that all public servants and elected officials should have to justify the gap between their current standard of living and the numbers on their W2's? I'm guessing that W's presidential salary wouldn't even pay for his daughters' fake ID's.

But seriously, Wilson's motives, accuracy and credibility aren't even germane to the whole leak issue. From the interviews I've seen over the past few weeks he doesn't even seem to be in the loop.

And we didn't start hearing "If X outed Plame it was because Joe Wilson's pants are on fire" until X became Karl Rove and Scooter the Wonder Dog.

7/26/2005 2:47 PM  
Blogger owenz said...

Anything but talking about the actual leak. Anything but talking about the yellow cake and Saddam's missing nukes. Anything but talking about the validity of Wilson's findings.

And increasingly, anything but talking about Iraq itself. Is a war really a war if you don't know it exists?

7/26/2005 8:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

May I direct you to Steve Clemons and his latest posting:
"John Bolton and the State Department Inspector General: SMOKING GUN?"
http://www.thewashingtonnote.com/

This is getting mighty interesting. Do all think Senator Roberts and his "band of merry men" can stop the freight train??

7/27/2005 12:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I live on the Hill in a house valued way above what I could afford to pay for it if I had to buy it again. But then I bought my house 5 years ago when I could afford to buy it.

Non issue.

7/27/2005 9:14 AM  
Blogger Tayefeth said...

an 8 day unpaid trip to Niger

Heck, I could take an 8 day unpaid trip anywhere in the world, provided my expenses were paid. Wilson's expenses were paid; he just wasn't compensated for his time.

7/27/2005 9:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To be fair, if Lowry makes such a charge someone should check into how Lowry himself makes his money. A lot of these right-wing pundits seem very well-heeled for guys who make their money scribbling on politics, traditionally not the highest paying of jobs. Do we know for sure whether the publications he writes for make money from sales or whether they just take it directly from right-wing groups?

7/27/2005 11:06 AM  
Anonymous KevinNYC said...

I made this point by analogy above, but somebody went and did the Googling and found lots of economists working as energy analysts

He titles his post Cliff May
May Be The Stupidest Person Alive
http://rogerailes.blogspot.com/2005_07_24_rogerailes_archive.html#112238616106491799


Actually, I think Cliff May is not a mere idiot, but a relatively smart guy who is consciously lying. It always surprises me how surprising that is to me. The moment when you say, oh wait a minute, this guy isn't that studpid. He'd a baldfaced liar and doesn't care if you know it. Absolutley shameless.

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