The competition for Smokey Awards is pretty tough again this year, but Joe’s year-long performance, in print and on his blog, capped by his crapurulent lies about the FISA bill (and his subsequent fandangos around the truth) have put him into contention. I thought he was just a garden variety fool/tool. Now, with this beaut on MSNBC, he has surpassed himself on NIEgate.
The Bush reaction to this — he didn’t try to block it. He didn’t try to postpone it. He didn’t spend weeks, he didn’t ask the intelligence community ‘give me a couple of weeks, let’s see if we can figure out some kind of negotiating initiative or some way to respond to this.’ He didn’t try to spin it to our advantage. This is an amazing moment of candor by the United States.
Breathtaking. George Bush and candor. Is there such a thing as a parody of a caricature? if there is, Joe Klein is it.
A skeptical Joe Scarborough responded to Klein’s cheerleading for the administration, stating, “Well that’s one way to look at it,” then explained that Bush continued to warn of World War III with Iran despite knowing better. Klein chuckled, “There is that…”
He may not eclipse Dick Cheney for the top Smokey statuette, but who could? We at least one category into which Joe would fit very nicely….
Yes, Mrs. Jamtoss 5th Period** Circled Big Red D Award, we’re lookin’ at you….
[Interestingly, OTLS! notes that Joe gives out “Teddy” Awards every year; whew, that is too close for comfort.]