It looks like the new history-rewriting movie Fair Game, starring Sean Penn and Naomi Watts, isn’t enough to satisfy Joseph Wilson and Valerie Plame’s quest to stay relevant. In a fawning, uncritical retrospective on their “victimization” at the hands of the Bush Administration for the Daily Beast, Lloyd Grove writes that the only spy the Left ever liked (well, the only American one, anyway) and her husband are disappointed with Barack Obama for not continuing the persecution of his predecessor:
Plame told me she agrees with her husband’s critique of the Obama administration, especially of the Obama Justice Department’s support of the Bushies’ successful attempt, partly on national-security grounds, to throw out their lawsuit against former Vice President Dick Cheney, former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage, political guru Karl Rove and former vice presidential chief of staff Scooter Libby for leaking Plame’s secret identity as a CIA employee.
“I think it’s fair to say that in general, the [judicial] bench always shows deference to the government’s claims of national security at each and every turn,” Plame told me.
“But in my own case,” she added, “I think it is incumbent upon the bench at least to thoroughly investigate those claims and not just say ‘Oh, national security—oh, OK!’”
This, in a case in which government officials arguably breached national security themselves in order to get back at a political adversary.
“How ironic!” Plame said.
Oh, and Karl Rove’s media gigs are a national calamity, too:
I asked Wilson—who memorably declared that Rove should have been “frog-marched out of the White House in handcuffs” for his role in leaking Plame’s name to Novak—what he makes of Rove’s current prominence as a pundit and strategist, a near-constant presence on Fox News and the godfather of the American Crossroads political money machine.
“Well, obviously, I’m appalled by it,” he told me. “I think that what he has effectively been able to do is take his fear-and-smear strategy and torturous approach to American politics and incorporate it. I don’t think that bodes well for the American body politic or the fairness of the way we conduct our discussions in the public square.”
That the Wilsons can so brazenly cast their opponents as monsters while claiming the moral high ground for themselves is possible only because journalism is all-but dead in America. The truth is, they’re the ones who should be ashamed to show their faces in public.