The Spectacle Blog

Ask Armitage

By on 6.13.06 | 4:40PM

Richard Armitage appears tonight on "Charlie Rose." Visitors to Rose's website can post questions to his guests. Since Rose wouldn't think to ask the tough questions, perhaps our readers can submit the one question everyone wants Armitage asked: "When will you admit that you were a source for reporters in the Joe Wilson scandal?"

You can submit the question here.

Enemies List

By on 6.13.06 | 2:03PM

Given that Joe Wilson may very well have been a source for Leopold, I'm sure he's disappointed.

Given that he appears to be the only person who has been proven to be a liar in this whole mess, I'm sure he was hopeful that he and the netroots he shares the far-left kiddie table with would be able to string this story along for a few more months.

Now it's over, and the looney left must now focus on policy and politics, something they have utterly failed at over the past six years.

Bribes at Saddam’s Trial

By on 6.13.06 | 1:00PM

Bribing people -- as half of France and most of Russia found out during the UN Oil-for-Food-for-bribes-for-Weapons scam -- was Saddam's favorite way to do business. (Iraqis got Mercedes Benzes by the hundreds). So it shouldn't be too much of a surprise to see this LA Times report that witnesses at Saddam's trial are recanting their testimony and alleging they'd been bribed by Saddam's lawyers.

The report doesn't mention involvement by Ramsey Clark in the bribe scheme. We're not lucky enough to have that happen and result in Clark cooling his heels in an Iraqi jail for a coupla years. Pity.

Re: Enemies List

By on 6.13.06 | 11:59AM

Prowler: Let's not forget Joe Wilson in the catalog of losers. I have a reporter friend who was standing next to Wilson when Jason Leopold's bogus scoop that Rove's indictment was imminent flashed on Wilson's Blackberry. Wilson, goes the hearsay, was enthusiastic and utterly credulous-- when a prominent liberal columnist involved in the conversation (rhymes with Smellanor Swift) wondered if was a reputable source and the story could be trusted, Wilson declared firmly, "It's true."

How do you suppose he reacted this morning?

Missed It By THAT Much!

By on 6.13.06 | 11:22AM

I love to use an old Maxwell Smart expression (see headline). Anyway, I missed the Rove exoneration date by six days. See this from my column on May 17: Third, Karl Rove showed Monday in a speech at the American Enterprise Institute that he is both engaged and engaging. Here's predicting that within another two or three weeks he will be formally cleared (by prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald) in the Valerie Plame/leak case. Such a development will re-raise his political clout just when it is needed most....

Keith Olbermann and all the other lefties who for so long reported Rove's supposedly imminent indictment have so much egg on their faces right now that they could whip up an omelet that would span the globe.

Enemies List

By on 6.13.06 | 9:48AM

Now that Karl Rove has been cleared, let's consider who the winners and losers are:

Jason Leopold? Hopefully one of his "sources" close to the Joe Wilson investigation will let him in on the news. Loser.

David Schuster of MSNBC? The "reporter" regularly stated that Rove would be indicted. He cited sources close to the investigation and according to our sources, despite speaking with Rove representatives who were forthright with him, knowingly put forward to the public inaccurate information. Loser.

President Bush? Winner.

Republicans? Winners

But perhaps the biggest losers are those inside the White House who spent the last eight months working against Rove and his supporters, thinking they might emerge on top. They were wrong, and they should be made to pay.

So You Had a Bad Week …

By on 6.13.06 | 9:44AM

President Bush and Republicans have had just about the best week they could have hoped for. In fact, this may be the best week the President and Republicans have had in two years.

Iraq's most wanted terrorist? Dead.

Karl Rove? Cleared.

Brian Bilbray? Elected.

This is the kind of week where Republicans should take every advantage to do the small things that will ensure another good week. The media has to cover these stories, and that kind of momentum can make Democrats and their nutty left base absolutely, hair pullingly frustrated. And that's another reason we're having a good week.

Lonely Pachyderms

By on 6.13.06 | 8:27AM

At my voting place this morning, I was the second Republican voter. The poll workers inside celebrated, and even the unkempt Harris Miller kid outside made note of it. I asked if he would support Jim Webb when (if?) he wins. He said he would.

The second voter after the polls have been open for an hour? I thought McLean was more Republican than that. Then again, the Democratic ballot is where the action is, and my Tysons Corner end of McLean in the 8th Congressional District isn't quite the high life that the 10th CD is.