Can you imagine the reaction in the mainstream media if a Republican Senator running for re-election had told a leading newspaper in her state that she had not harangued an official in a Republican Administration, asking only how many people had died in a certain conflict — whereas the tape reveals not the question but the harangue?
The story would race to the top of the news, faster than you could say, “Macaca.” And soon we would see stories about the senator’s pattern of dishonesty.
I guess Mrs. Barbara Boxer thinks she can get away with rewriting the past (just like her unhappy former colleague from Massachusetts) because the media always give her party a pass. Over at the San Francisco Chronicle, Debra J. Saunders has the scoop about Mrs. Boxer’s meeting with the editorial board of that Bay Area daily:
Boxer told me:
“I asked her how many people had died and she did not know the answer to that question. And since we had lost a lot of Californians, I was concerned. And I said, you and I don’t have, we haven’t paid a person price, I said, you and I, I said, myself, my grandkids are too young, my husband too old, and as far as I know you don’t have anybody in the war. So I tried to use it to bring us together, but the right-wing press said that I questioned, that I turned on her because she wasn’t married which was a little silly.”
My thanks to Shaky Hands Productions.
Boxer also said: “I was criticizing the fact that she didn’t know how many people died in Iraq. Absolutely I was.”
There’s just one problem. Boxer never asked Rice how many U.S. troops had died in Iraq when she began her “personal price” remarks. In fact, Boxer had not asked Rice a single question. She was engaged in her usual filibustering.