In a dramatic appeal to the lunatic left, the Hillary Clinton campaign has hired Joe Wilson and his wife Valerie Plame. Joe immediately went to work burnishing Hillary's anti-war credentials, by claiming the Bush Administration misled her into voting in favor of military action against Saddam Hussein.
"The administration lied in order to secure support for its war of choice, including cooking the intelligence and misleading Congress about the intent of the authorization," Mr. Wilson continued. "Senator Clinton's position, stated in her floor speech, was in favor of allowing the United Nations weapons inspectors to complete their mission and to build a broad international coalition. Bush rejected her path."
Ambassador Joe, you may recall, had determined -- or maybe concluded is a better word -- actually, speculated would be most accurate -- OK, he made it up -- that the Bush Administration twisted the intelligence on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction. So, now here he is on board with the Hillary campaign to help her match Obama's anti-war fervor. Come general election time this may turn into a handicap.
This is the same Senator Clinton who spoke extensively of the threat posed by Saddam Hussein and his WMD, who endorsed the invasion as a way to remove that threat, whose husband endorsed the invasion, and who supported the war for years afterward until it began to jeopardize her chances of winning the Democratic nomination...
As for Mr. Wilson, he was last seen campaigning for a Democratic Presidential hopeful for a brief period in 2004. John Kerry's campaign dumped him as a spokesman that summer after the Senate Intelligence Committee found Mr. Wilson had lied in claiming his wife had played no role in sending him to Niger to investigate whether Saddam was seeking to acquire uranium yellowcake. The same bipartisan report found that Mr. Wilson's trip, which he had advertised in a splashy New York Times op-ed, had produced no information of any intelligence value.
So in order to blunt Mr. Obama's attacks over Iraq, Mrs. Clinton has resorted to relying on the word of someone whose antiwar inventions were too embarrassing even for the Kerry campaign.
If Hillary is still on the campaign trail after August, it's likely by then she will have cut her ties with the Joe and Val show, as did the Kerry campaign in 2004. While their antics may fire up the loons on the left, reaction from the center-right may not be so cordial. Some of us would take delight in the public airing that a general election campaign might give to the Wilson-Plame story. But I don't see that ever happening.