“It’s not often that a political book hyped as a ‘tell-all’ actually delivers the dirt, but that’s certainly not the story in Robert Novak’s fast-paced bio ‘The Prince of Darkness, 50 Years Reporting in Washington,’ ” U.S. News & World Report’sPaul Bedard writes in the Washington Whispers column at www.usnews.com.
“Let’s get right to the point: Did the administration leak former CIA officer Valerie Plame’s name to him to punish her hubby, Joe Wilson, who had blasted the president’s claim that Iraq was shopping for uranium in Niger? Nope. He says that it was just an afterthought from his source, former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage. In fact, it wasn’t even a leak. Armitage was just asking a question about Wilson, whom Novak met two days before, July 6, 2003, in the ‘Meet the Press’green room.
“According to an advance copy of ‘Prince’ provided to Whispers, Novak entered the normally quiet green room only to see Joe Wilson (whom he didn’t know) boasting about his fact-finding mission to Niger, where he found no evidence thatSaddam Hussein was hunting for uranium like the president claimed about in his State of the Union address.”
Mr. Bedard quotes from the book: “[Mr. Wilson] kept saying, ‘We did this’ and ‘We did that.’ The ‘we,’ I soon surmised, consisted of the National Security Council staff in the departed Clinton administration. He was making clear that ‘we’ handled affairs better than ‘they’ — the Bush NSC — did now. In view of what followed, I hope I can be excused for the vulgarism that crossed my mind: ‘What [a jerk]!’ ”
“If the open-borders advocates would actually read American history instead of revising it, they would see that the founding fathers were emphatically insistent on protecting the country against indiscriminate mass immigration,” she wrote.
“Alexander Hamilton wrote in 1802: ‘The safety of a republic depends essentially on the energy of a common national sentiment; on a uniformity of principles and habits; on the exemption of the citizens from foreign bias and prejudice; and on that love of country which will almost invariably be found to be closely connected with birth, education and family.’
“Hamilton further warned that ‘The United States have already felt the evils of incorporating a large number of foreigners into their national mass; by promoting in different classes different predilections in favor of particular foreign nations, and antipathies against others, it has served very much to divide the community and to distract our councils. It has been often likely to compromise the interests of our own country in favor of another. The permanent effect of such a policy will be, that in times of great public danger there will be always a numerous body of men, of whom there may be just grounds of distrust; the suspicion alone will weaken the strength of the nation, but their force may be actually employed in assisting an invader.’ ”
She quotes Hamilton: “To admit foreigners indiscriminately to the rights of citizens the moment they put foot in our country would be nothing less than to admit the Grecian horse into the citadel of our liberty and sovereignty.”
War on speech
The conservative Club for Growth accuses Rep. David R. Obey, Wisconsin Democrat, and Rep. Barney Frank, Massachusetts Democrat, of trying to shred the First Amendment.
Their Let the People Decide Clean Campaign Act would publicly fund all general election House races with taxpayer dollars, the group said. Taxpayers would have the option of making a donation on their tax forms to the Grassroots Good Citizenship Fund, which would distribute up to $2 million to each congressional district to be divided among the general election candidates of the major parties.
The legislation prohibits all independent expenditures by political groups, allowing only state and national parties to provide assistance to candidates, so long as the value of the assistance does not exceed 5 percent of the maximum expenditure applicable. In what the Club for Growth called “a deathblow” to independent candidates, the legislation would distribute money to third-party candidates based on demonstrated public support in the past three elections.View Entire Story
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