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March 16, 2007

Valerie Plame Wilson at Today's Hearing

Democracy in action today.  I puddled up both times I saw Plame talking in front of Waxman's House Oversight and Government Reform Committee today.  We have been waiting so long to hold this hearing and Valerie Plame Wilson's story directly. 

We are only able to do it because Democrats retook the House.  PoliticsTV has the footage of Plame's remarks and another of the questioning by a few of the committee members. 

Posted by Lynn Allen on March 16, 2007 at 09:44 PM in Media, National and International Politics | Permalink

Comments

I wonder why the Republics ceded the field to the Dems on the Waxman hearing? I suspect they correctly assessed that beating up on Plame would backfire, and nobody was stupid enough in today's political environment to try to defend the indefensible and then have it hung around their neck next election.

Posted by: op99 | Mar 17, 2007 7:38:41 AM

I suspect you're right. Besides, we already know there will be a movie made about the Wilsons and this entire affair.

Even the Republicans are smart enough to know they wouldn't want to be the bad guys to whichever gorgeous actress will be playing Valerie Plame Wilson.

Talk about bringing out the popcorn!

Posted by: Lynn | Mar 17, 2007 8:20:30 AM

Well, Tom Davis (R-VA) played the badass for awhile in yesterday's hearings, but I think it became clear to him pretty quickly that he was heavily outmatched by Waxman and Watson and Plame and by the truth staring him in the face.

Posted by: shoephone | Mar 17, 2007 12:21:51 PM

Well, Tom Davis (R-VA) played the badass for awhile in yesterday's hearings, but I think it became clear to him pretty quickly that he was heavily outmatched by Waxman and Watson and Plame and by the truth staring him in the face.

Posted by: shoephone | Mar 17, 2007 12:22:21 PM

And how could you forget Lynn Westmoreland - he makes the Geico cavemen look good ("Aw, shucks, I never questioned a spy before...").

One of the things Plame Wilson said that ought to be broadcast loud and long, was that they always knew there was a danger of being exposed, they just never dreamed it would be by their own government.

Posted by: Anne | Mar 17, 2007 2:06:05 PM

I'd love to see the smarmy line of questioning about wheter the Wilsons were Democrats or Republics turned on its head. Tie the Plame outing to the USA firings by saying Plame was outed BECAUSE SHE WAS A DEMOCRAT.

Posted by: op99 | Mar 17, 2007 9:03:51 PM

Westmoreland’s questioning of Plame on her and her husband’s political affiliation was some of the more offensive of the day - what Plame should have said is that she and her husband are Americans, whose party registration is as personal to them as their votes.

She was outed because she was married to Joe Wilson, who dared to question the administration. And in their world, truth is collateral to party loyalty, so Wilson had to be a Democrat.

It’s as much about loyalty as it is about party, and anyone who dares to speak out is immediately marked for punishment. What is particularly disturbing is that they go right for whatever is most important and meaningful to the transgressor - in Wilson’s case, it was the threat to his wife. In the case of the prosecutors, it was to smear their performance, which is a kiss of death to a legal career. In all cases, there is always the threat by example: “Do what these people did, and we’ll ruin you, too.”

It’s evil.

Posted by: Anne | Mar 17, 2007 9:33:05 PM

The fascinating thing for me is how far these folks will push their greed and disregard for the law. Going after folks in the CIA, going after Republican prosecutors just doing their job, going after anyone who prevents them from just outright robbing the country blind, not just Democrats.

Fascinating in a sort of watching maggots feast on a dead carcass kind of way.

Posted by: Lynn | Mar 18, 2007 12:18:18 AM

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