Glenn Greenwald had a very good rundown of some of the epic wrongness back in 2004. Let’s add a few more to the pile.
We don’t do politics in the Department of Homeland Security. Our job is to identify the threat.
I don’t think the American people believe that George W. Bush, the man who’s led us so effectively on the war on terror, would politicize something like this.
Howard Dean came out, and said, oh, the terror alert’s a phony thing, like he knows anything. Like where did you get your intelligence, Howard, Ben & Jerry? Like Dean knows anything. What an irresponsible jerk.
CARLSON: In other words, Bush is making up the terror threat for his — for political advantage. Is this the position of the John Kerry campaign? And, if not, why is this character speaking for the campaign?
REP. JIM TURNER (D), TEXAS: That’s not the position of the Kerry campaign. In fact, I heard John Kerry just a few minutes ago disavow what Howard Dean said about the recent alert.
I want to first say I’m in the John Kerry- Jim Turner camp here…But I want you, because you know this, to assure these Democrats and help convince me that they’re [the Bush administration] not doing this [politicizing terror alerts] because of the disastrous economic news and the disastrous news from coming overseas to try to protect themselves. I don’t think they would do that.
I could be wrong about this, but I don’t think the administration is practicing manipulative politics when it comes to terror alerts.
And I think most people — I mean, you know, Mr. Dean said something that it was political, but I haven’t heard any incumbent Democratic officeholder say it was political. I certainly don’t think so.
And — wait for it….
I don’t think anybody who has any fairness or is in their right mind would think the president or the secretary of homeland security would raise an alert level and scare people for political reasons…That’s outrageous.
Looking forward to Short Ride blasting Tom Ridge as an outrageous crazy person. Any moment now, right?