The stupid misconduct of entertainer Kanye West and politician Joe Wilson demonstrated, if any fresh proof is necessary, that thoughtless rudeness isn’t confined by ethnicity, ideology or background. With their highly public episodes of misconduct, both earned sharp public censure.
Yet while Mr. West has expressed real remorse for his misbehavior at the MTV Read More
The civility of our political discourse was not helped the other night when South Carolina Representative Joe Wilson called President Obama a liar on the floor of the Congress. Fortunately, his outburst was followed by his rapid apology and the President’s quick acceptance of that apology. I would like to think that the follow-up may Read More
House Democratic leaders gave Joe Wilson an ultimatum before the weekend: apologize on the House floor for shouting “You lie!” during President Obama’s health care speech or face a formal congressional rebuke this week.
Wilson issued his response on, fittingly enough, Fox News Sunday: “I've apologized one time. The Read More
Democrats shouldn’t get too excited about a new poll that shows South Carolina Representative Joe Wilson suddenly trailing Democrat Rob Miller, his once and future opponent, by one point in a 2010 trial heat.
For one thing, the poll was conducted by the Democratic-affiliated Public Policy Polling. That doesn’t mean the Read More
To observe the Washington press corps is to wonder why so many people who don’t remember what happened yesterday and can’t master basic logic are expected to analyze politics and policy. The latest developments in the Valerie Plame Wilson case—as revealed in Hubris, a new book by Michael Isikoff and David Corn—proved once more that Read More
Something popped out of yesterday’s Times report on the Libby-Cheney leak investigation: the name Joseph C. Wilson IV.
I thought the ambassador’s name was Joe Wilson, or as his book, The Politics of Truth, is bylined, Joseph Wilson. I was curious about who all the other Joseph C. Wilsons were and I leafed Read More
On Sunday I left my mom a message, thereby getting essential Mother’s Day credit, and when we talked yesterday she said excitedly that she had heard rumors that Karl Rove was about to be indicted in the Valerie Plame leak case. My mother is a stone Democrat, and I’m not, still she and I agree Read More
This is a story about how the internet works. Late at night a few days ago I did a a somewhat nasty item about Valerie Plame Wilson’s reported $2.5 million advance for a book telling what she’d done in the CIA. Within a few hours, I got a very thoughtful response from Read More
Valerie (Plame) (Wilson)—who can be sure which name to parenthesize?—is said to be getting $2.5 million for a memoir of her life as a CIA analyst, demonstrating that the leaking of her name is the best thing that ever happened to her career.
Much as I hope this case will take down Read More