I just want you to know that the first time I read the memo was in The State newspaper. I did not see it, write it, or know about it until it made the newspapers. I would appreciate your removing my name immediately.
Rep. Jim Klauber
Republican sources speculate that Klauber’s name was thrown into the Memogate fracas by Gresham Barrett, one of Klauber’s opponents in the 3rd Congressional District primary.
Memomania continued when a speechwriter for Hodges cranked out a memo of his own, calling those responsible for the memo “cavemen.”
Georgia gets “Dueling Banjos.” South Carolina gets dueling memos.
The speechwriter was immediately suspended, but his actions were defended by Hodges’ spokesman, Morton Brilliant. “That memo was a satirical response that labeled chauvinists to be cavemen,” he said.
But like the Men’s Caucus memo before it, some didn’t seem to get the joke. Among those who do not find cavemen funny is Republican House Speaker David Wilkins, who called Hodges a hypocrite. State human affairs commissioner Jesse Washington said he plans to ask the federal government to launch a separate investigation into the caveman memo. Take that!
Signs of a cease-fire are on the horizon. Washington has agreed to attend a meeting with Hodges and Wilkins. Red vs. Blue sends the good people of South Carolina our thoughts and prayers.
Things don’t seem to be getting any better for President Bush. Take this, from Thursday morning’s New York Times:
“Despite his first overseas trip as president and the passage of his sweeping measure to cut taxes, President Bush’s standing as a leader on both domestic and foreign fronts has diminished considerably, the latest New York Times/CBS News Poll shows.”
And if Bush thinks he can simply charm his way out of his problems, the Times/CBS poll had more bad news: “In addition, Mr. Bush’s personal appeal — one of his most potent qualities in last year’s election — has dipped to its lowest point since April 2000, after he was lashed by Senator John McCain of Arizona in the early Republican primaries. And, by widening margins, people say they are less trusting that Mr. Bush will keep his word.”
Those sounds you hear are the choruses of “I told you sos” from liberal chat rooms after reading this in the New York Times. Let’s take a look at what they’re saying, shall we?
“Defeat at the Polls for Mr. Bush,” screams the headline at BuzzFlash.com.
“The truth is getting out despite the constant propaganda and all the GOP apologists in the media. My favorite part.
“‘A majority of respondents are skeptical that there actually is an energy shortage. More than 6 of 10 said Americans were being told there was a problem to give oil companies an excuse to charge more money.’
“If we had a real free press, that would be 9 out of 10. Time to dump your energy stocks.”
Funny, the folks at the Free Republic blame the media as well. “To listen to all the cheap shots fired at Dubya before and during the trip [to Europe], you’d think he’s just lucky he hasn’t been impeached by now!” writes one Free Republic poster. “Just like Ross Perot said, ‘You can tell who’s winning by who’s whining!’ And the louder the press whines, the better I like it!”
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