It’s curious how Joan McCarter and Barbara Morrill, who write for the pro-Iraq-defeat blog Daily Kos, yesterday could not remember Sen. Harry Reid calling Gen. Peter Pace “incompetent” in a recent conference call that McCarter and Morrill took part in.
Maybe they did remember. But the cause of losing Iraq to fascism demanded that they not remember.
Reid was blasted from one end of Pennsylvania Avenue to the other yesterday for slandering the Marine general, whom Reid himself voted to confirm in 2005 as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Reid also took a beating for making similarly ugly statements about Army Gen. David Petraeus.
‘I have no memory.’ As Reid tried to avoid the controversy yesterday afternoon, his fellow defeatists in on last week’s conference call didn’t know what to say if they were asked whether Reid really called Pace “incompetent.”
So they didn’t remember.
Did Harry Reid called General Pace “incompetent”?
Joan McCarter told Greg Sargent:
“I don’t remember him saying anything like that. I can’t swear he didn’t say it. But I have no memory that he actually did. It’s not in my notes.”
Barbara Morrill said:
“I don’t even recall Pace’s name specifically being mentioned. If it was, he did not say that he was incompetent.”
Since its inception a few short months ago, Politico, the online soul-mate to the Drudge Report, has gotten into the habit of creating news stories through innuendo, omission, outright error, and now today, out of thin air....
Of course the reason this comment was never reported is quite simple: the bloggers on the call don’t remember this quote. I, along with mcjoan and Kagro X, participated in that conference call and none of us heard Reid say it. And of the four other bloggers who were there, Joe and John from AMERICAblog and Jonathon Singer, have no recollection of it.
Surprise witness. Then, late yesterday, the truth started to trickle out. The Daily Kos cover-up crew was cornered.
Bob Geiger, another blogger on the Reid conference call, apparently had a tape recording of the conversation, or else he’s a perfect stenographer. Geiger reveals that in that call Reid said:
“I guess the president, uh, he’s gotten rid of Pace because he could not get him confirmed here in the Senate... Pace is also a yes-man for the president and I told him to his face, I laid it out to him last time he came to see me, I told him what an incompetent man I thought he was.”
The confession. Once Geiger’s account was public, Reid found Jesus. Reid confirmed that he had indeed called Gen. Pace incompetent.
As columnist David Broder prepared another column on what an incompetent leader Harry Reid is, Reid mumbled through the foot in his mouth: “I think we should just drop it.”
Meanwhile, the egg-faced Kossacks were in full retreat. Oh, they’re so good at that.
Morrill called Reid’s “incompetent man” statement a “throw away line that was so unremarkable that none of us remembered or reported it.”
Kos tried to change the subject. It apparently doesn’t matter to him that his writers have terrible memories or honesty issues. Now he’s saying that, well, at least there’s no proof yet that Reid called the second general, Petraeus, incompetent.
Dear leader saved. It was a day of revelations about the defeatists. Had Bob Geiger not revealed that perfect transcript of what Reid said, you can bet Daily Kos would still be saying the story came “out of thin air.”
But as the day ended, Reid remained majority leader and Iraq’s democracy remained in peril. For Daily Kos, those were two reasons for hope.