The Corner

Re: Thinner Gruel

Sounds about right, from a reader:

Jonah –

In Joe Wilson’s letter to the Senate Committee (as

opposed to the letter to the Post, which is much less

detailed), he insists that what looked like his wife’s

promotion of his candidacy was actually her

concurrence to someone else’s suggestion. That may

actually be technically true, but it doesn’t matter.

The issue was: why did Novak’s sources out Plame? The

most plausible reason was to explain how Wilson got

the job, which is relatively innocent. Wilson

insisted that couldn’t be right because his wife

wasn’t involved — it had to be something more

sinister, like revenge. But whether or not Plame

actually mentioned Wilson’s name first, it sure must

have looked like she was involved to Novak’s sources.

So the relatively innocent reason for outing is still

the most plausible, and Wilson’s insistence that she

was not the prime mover is irrelevant if not


Jonah Goldberg — Jonah Goldberg holds the Asness Chair in Applied Liberty at the American Enterprise Institute and is a senior editor of National Review. His new book, The Suicide of The West, is on sale now.

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