Credit, I always say, where credit is due.
And with that in mind, tonight we're awarding Congresswoman Heather Wilson (R-NM) the first annual Heather Wilson "I think the American people are a bunch of god-forsaken idiots" Award.
Last night, Wilson was on CNN's Anderson Cooper 360 show, carrying water for the president on the WMD shenanigans. Fair enough, I guess. Everyone's gotta try to make the best of a bad situation.
She would have at least gotten an Honorable Mention for a particularly loopy point about a connection between al Qaida and 'Iraq'. But she hit it out of the park with this one.
After detailing all the reasons why the president's pre-war rationales for war make sense in retrospect, she uncorked this beauty. "And to me," she told CNN's Heidi Collins, "the most important thing was his biological weapons program, which we've now confirmed he was continuing to pursue up to the day of the invasion, and the ability to deliver those biological weapons against Americans on American soil."
An on-going biological weapons program? Really ... Continuing research into delivery systems for biological weapons attacks on the United States mainland?
She really needs to bring her data to David Kay and the president. The president, I think, would find Wilson's new findings really helpful right now.
In all seriousness, where do they get these jokers? Lie, lie, lie.
Then there's Condi Rice, who gets this year's Honorable Mention.
Condi was on Larry King last night. And I had really high hopes she would take home the big prize since with these two you pretty much know it's going to be a train wreck. Sort of like Barney Fife interviewing Dr. Evil.
As it happened, it was a pretty placid affair. But there was at least this. We'll call it the "certain stocks" defense. (itals added)
It is true that certain stocks of weapons that we thought were there that frankly the intelligence services around the world thought were there, that the United Nations, the inspectors, as late as March of 2003 believed that they were there saying that it wasn't credibility, that Iraq couldn't account for its weapons of mass destruction.
Yes, we've not found those stocks, but what we have found is hundreds of weapons of mass destruction related activities hidden from United Nations inspectors. We found and interviewed people who've talked about how they were hiding these programs from the United Nations.
If it's not immediately clear why this line from Condi represents the silliest and most shameless sort of mumbo-jumbo, see this excellent column by Fred Kaplan in Slate.
If you see statements from anyone who you think should knock Rep. Wilson off her throne, please drop me a line.