Nice editorial by the editors of the Washington Post on lyin’ Joe Wilson:
[A]ll those who have opined on this affair ought to take note of the not-so-surprising disclosure that the primary source of the newspaper column in which Ms. Plame’s cover as an agent was purportedly blown in 2003 was former deputy secretary of state Richard L. Armitage.
Mr. Armitage was one of the Bush administration officials who supported the invasion of Iraq only reluctantly. He was a political rival of the White House and Pentagon officials who championed the war and whom Mr. Wilson accused of twisting intelligence about Iraq and then plotting to destroy him. Unaware that Ms. Plame’s identity was classified information, Mr. Armitage reportedly passed it along to columnist Robert D. Novak “in an offhand manner, virtually as gossip,” according to a story this week by the Post’s R. Jeffrey Smith, who quoted a former colleague of Mr. Armitage.
It follows that one of the most sensational charges leveled against the Bush White House — that it orchestrated the leak of Ms. Plame’s identity to ruin her career and thus punish Mr. Wilson — is untrue.
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[I]t now appears that the person most responsible for the end of Ms. Plame’s CIA career is Mr. Wilson. Mr. Wilson chose to go public with an explosive charge, claiming — falsely, as it turned out — that he had debunked reports of Iraqi uranium-shopping in Niger and that his report had circulated to senior administration officials. He ought to have expected that both those officials and journalists such as Mr. Novak would ask why a retired ambassador would have been sent on such a mission and that the answer would point to his wife. He diverted responsibility from himself and his false charges by claiming that President Bush’s closest aides had engaged in an illegal conspiracy. It’s unfortunate that so many people took him seriously.
Oh, that is so sweet, and so true.
Lyin’ Joe’s response? Screw the Washington Post! The truth is at firedoglake! (H/t Byron York.)
How far Mighty Joe hath fallen.
Say it ain’t so, lyin’ Joe!
P.S. If Lyin’ Joe has hit bottom, Jason Leopold is somewhere below him.
“Behold the Underminer! I am always beneath you, but nothing is beneath me!”
(You should be aware that I resort to quotes from the Incredibles from time to time. I assure you they will always be topical.)
But, as frequent Patterico commenter Dana reports, Leopold isn’t giving up.
There’s a word for doubling down — is there one for, uh, octupling down?
UPDATE: Quotation marks have been removed from around the sentence “Screw the Washington Post! The truth is at firedoglake!” to make it clear this is a paraphrase, not a quote. I thought it was clear it was a paraphrase, but the quotation marks misled one commenter — illustrating once again the danger of placing quotation marks around paraphrases.