February 18, 2005
If The Shoe Fits...
Rukmini Callimachi of the Associated Press seems to think there's something wrong with throwing a shoe at Richard Perle:
Howard Dean, the newly minted leader of the Democratic Party, and former Pentagon adviser Richard Perle made clear their opposing views on the war in Iraq during a debate marred by a protester who tossed a shoe at Perle.Marred? Marred? Sorry, but this was the first bit of news that made me smile in weeks.
Callimachi also seems to have difficulty understanding what a "barb" is:
"Defense is a lot broader than swaggering around saying you're going to kick Saddam's butt," Dean said Thursday, drawing cheers from the crowd in this city that overwhelmingly voted Democratic last November...Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha. That Richard Perle is quite nimble with the zingers. Good thing Howard Dean's a doctor...he's gonna need some ointment for that whopper of a sting.
Perle had his own barbs, too. He began his opening comments in the 1 1/2-hour debate by saying Democrats "looked at the Democratic Party and chose a physician to lead them."
One more thing: Is it me or does Perle look like a crazier (if that's possible) version of John Malkovich?
Update: Crooks and Liars has the video.