Joe Wilson is in the news with his endorsement of Hillary Clinton. The announcement and left blogger reaction are actually kind of funny - this is Taylor Marsh:
A conference call announcing the endorsement of Hillary Clinton by Joseph Wilson was just held with bloggers to hear the breaking news. This is a huge deal for Candidate Clinton and a big endorsement for her candidacy. That it was broken on the blogs sends a powerful signal. I'll provide the transcript as soon as it is available.
...The '08 selection season is not over by a long shot and I am staying neutral in the primary. But the endorsement of Clinton by Joseph Wilson is a big step for her campaign. That Clinton offered the scoop to a group of bloggers shows just how far she's come and how far she's willing to engage a community, which on the whole is very critical of her on all fronts.
Well, yes, but... the decision to give the scoop to left bloggers is a nice double play - frankly, only lefty bloggers would care; the major media would either yawn or reprise Wilson's troubled relationship with the truth and with the Kerry campaign in 2004. Wilson was sort of laughed off the stage in the summer of 2004, following the SSCI report.
And Wilson alluded to that in his endorsement of Hilary, saying that "one thing that bonds the two is their mutual experience with the "meat grinder" -- a.k.a., the right wing slime machine."
Well, just in an off sort of curiousity sort of fashion, why did Joe Wilson talk about his media coverage as "the meat grinder"? Is he a Secret Stooge of Dick Cheney?
And speaking of speaking of truth to power, maybe this time around it will be Valerie that takes a bit of a thumping - Robert Novak marks an anniversary of his own by writing this in his July 14 2007 column:
WASHINGTON -- Rep. Tom Davis, ranking Republican on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, is puzzled by the House Intelligence Committee's claim that Valerie Plame Wilson has been consistent in her sworn testimony. He is asking the Intelligence Committee for documents to back up their contention.
Davis last month noted that Mrs. Wilson had testified to his committee that she, as a CIA employee, had not suggested the fact-finding mission to Niger by her husband, former Amb. Joseph Wilson. She earlier had told the Senate Intelligence Committee staff that she did not recall whether she made such a proposal. Davis also cited an internal CIA e-mail by her saying Wilson "may be in a position to assist."
By way of Sen. Bond (Kit Bond) and Byron York we have the email in question.
Now, I don't for a moment think Ms. Wilson is in any real jeopardy here - I take for granted that the Dems will protect her and the semi-cover-up will hold. However, Reps will exact their price in other ways.
Cecil Turner has a piece at The American Thinker thumping Judge Walton. I am wondering whether he let Armitage off easy with this:
At the time, Mr Fitzgerald was still contending Mr Libby was the first government leaker, and "at the beginning of the chain of phone calls" . . . even though he knew Armitage found out about Ms. Wilson two days before Libby got it from the Vice President.
Presumably this refers to the June 10 INR memo and the June 12 note of Cheney and Libby.
But do we really have any good evidence as to what Armitage told Fitzgerald? There was a repeat INR memo with a new cover sheet dated July 7; mightn't Armitage have vaguely remembered that as his first encounter with the Plame info when he first came forward in 2003? Maybe it was only in Nov 2005, following the Libby indictment, that Armitage "remembered" the June 10 memo when he remembered his June 13 chat with Bob Woodward.
These two recently released less-redacted affidavits from Fitzgerald (Aug 2004; Sept 2004) were filed in pursuit of the Miler and Cooper subpoenas and describe the case as of that time. Useful details about Armitage might be there. However...
In reading the Sept 2004 affidavit I am slack-jawed about the Cooper testimony - Cooper apparently testified that he had heard about Plame from one government source (presumably Rove) and one reporter prior to talking with Libby on July 12. The affidavit also says that "it appears likely" that the reporter in question was John Dickerson, since Ari claimed to have leaked to him and David Gregory on July 11.
But Dickerson denied that, and I don't recall Cooper contradicting Dickerson at the trial.