Friday, September 26, 2003

Clark not partisan!

Drudge is gleefully trumpeting the newest Wesley Clark smear and it's the worst one yet:

During extended remarks delivered at the Pulaski County GOP Lincoln Day Dinner in Little Rock, Arkansas on May 11, 2001, General Clark declared: "And I'm very glad we've got the great team in office, men like Colin Powell, Don Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, Condoleezza Rice... people I know very well - our president George W. Bush. We need them there."

A video of Clark making the comments has surfaced, DRUDGE can reveal.

Thanks for all the revealing, Matt. But what has been revealed seems even more damaging to Republicans that it does to Clark. The fact that Clark gave the Bushies the benefit of the doubt would, in my opinion, help him deflect complaints of partisanship down the road. Also, he was a moderate voice during the war -- praising its execution at the hands of (Clinton CENTCOM-appointee) Gen. Tommy Franks, but questioning whether it needed to be done before diplomatic efforts had been exhausted.

All of this puts Clark in the best position possible. He gets to say "I supported them, but they failed. I gave them the benefit of the doubt and they gave me only reasons to doubt them." Thanks again for all that revealing, Drudgie.

(Of course I know that Republicans are trying to taint Clark in the primaries, but they forget that smears only stick with independents and those in the opposition party. Remember Clinton in 1992? I think Democrats want to hear the man's message and then decide whether they'll vote for him.)


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