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March 31, 2004
POLITICS: The Scarlet R

I actually caught this one on the Daily Show the other night - here's Bob Novak on Crossfire talking to Rahm Emanuel about Richard Clarke:

NOVAK: Congressman, do you believe, you're a sophisticated guy, do you believe watching these hearings that Dick Clarke has a problem with this African-American woman Condoleezza Rice?

EMANUEL: Say that again?

NOVAK: Do you believe that Dick Clarke has a problem with this African-American woman Condoleezza Rice?

EMANUEL: No, no. Bob, give me a break. No. No.

Is it possible that Clarke is a racist? Well, I don't know the man. Bob Novak almost certainly does. But while public reports have certainly suggested that Clarke resented working for Rice, I haven't seen anybody put forth a shred of evidence that would indicate that his problem had anything to do with her race, or for that matter her being a woman. And unless Bob Novak knows something we don't (in which case he should have shared it, and his failure to do so suggests pretty strongly what the answer is), shame, shame on him for suggesting otherwise.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 7:01 AM | Politics 2004 | Comments (4) | TrackBack (0)
Comments

I believe Ann Coulter floated this idea before Novak. Which by no means excuses Novak.

Isn't Novak the same guy who outed Valerie Plame, or whatever her name is?

Anyone think he's getting his talking points from withing the administration?

Posted by: C Giddy at March 31, 2004 10:08 AM

If this is the Coulter article, at least she makes it clear that she's just engaging in typical Coulerish rhetorical overkill. That's about par for the course for her. Novak was suggesting something worse, in my view.

You forgot to mention Novak's relentless criticism of the Iraq war during the run-up to war, to the point where David Frum openly questioned Novak's patriotism in a NR piece that ran the day the war started. Bob Novak's been in Washington since George W. Bush was in high school. You can't really view him as a mouthpiece for anybody.

Posted by: The Crank at March 31, 2004 10:34 AM

Criticizes the way but outs Plame in a piece discrediting another critic of the war?

Sounds like a conflicted man.

Considering his comments to Clarke, perhaps he's been in Washington too long.

Posted by: C Giddy at March 31, 2004 12:48 PM

I'm not a fan of Novak's either.

Posted by: The Mad Hibernian at March 31, 2004 2:57 PM
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