Dang, Pony Blow held two gaggles over the weekend. Of the twoyesterday’s was the longest, concerned primarily with denial.
Q What do you think about Richard Perle, who was one of the staunchest supporters of the Iraq war, coming out and saying that, you know, if he were to go back, he wouldn’t do it?
MR. SNOW: Well, a couple of things. First, you’ve already had David Frum coming out and saying that Vanity Fair completely took out of context what he said and twisted a discussion of what he described as looking for the best way to win the war, into something far more fatalistic. We’ll have to let Richard Perle and Ken Adelman make whatever comments. But if the quotes are accurate, it means that they’re at war with the advice that they gave some time ago.
Q Tony, what about the editorials coming up at in the Times — Military Times Newspapers — Army, Air Force, Marines and so on?
MR. SNOW: A number of things. I mean, observation number one is everybody is entitled to their own opinions, but not to their own facts. And as a factual matter, the editorial — which is a uniform editorial that I guess all the papers are being told to carried — is just — it’s a shabby piece of work. I’ll run through some of it for you.
The other important thing to note is this — although these are Army Times and the Military Times, they’re a Gannet publication. A lot of people are thinking, aha, what you have are a lot of military people in open revolt against the President, when, in fact, you’ve got a lot of Gannet editorial writers, which would be thoroughly consistent with USA Today and the rest of the Gannet chain, which I think, if memory serves, does not have a single strong conservative editorial page in the entire chain.
Q Has the President seen or been told about the editorials?
MR. SNOW: He’s been told about the editorial.
Q His reaction?
MR. SNOW: His reaction was just to sort of shrug it off.
“Smoking rope?” Dude, you don’t even know what month it is.
Q The possible timing of [Saddam’s sentencing], just before the elections — some people might be skeptical of that?
MR. SNOW: Are you smoking rope? Are you telling me that in Iraq, that they’re sitting around — I’m sorry, that the Iraqi judicial system is coming up with an October surprise?
MR. SNOW: A November surprise? Man, that’s — wow.
Then inyesterday’s gaggle you can almost hear the flop-sweat.
Q Some political analysts are saying that the reason why the President has to go to Kansas and Nebraska — really, really Republican states — is because they’re on the defensive so badly. Is that one of the reasons why they’re going?
MR. SNOW: He’s going in to help candidates. I mean, I —
Q These states are, like, really red.