Yesterday, at the end of this post about Drudge’s misleading headline about Alito’s wife, I wrote that “I am so sick and tired of everyone just lying about every-damned-thing.” Apparently I should just get used to it.
Paul at Wizbang writes today:
The moonbat wing of the Democratic party is trying to make the case that Lindsey Graham made Mrs. Alito cry. They are hiding behind John Cole’s skirt to do it. John misses the mark when he says:
But only the most patently dishonest person on the planet would claim that Mrs. Alito left after a Democratic attack. She left after REPUBLICAN Sen. Lindsey Graham was basically praising Alito, defending him and reciting some of the things that have been said about Alito.
Hello? Of course she left after the Dems attack. Not just rhetorically but chronologically. You can’t say the Drudge headline is a lie unless she left before the attack. (OK call me a literalist.) [And to split a hair, if you watch the video, John has it slightly off. She starts crying before Lindsey Graham starts the apology so his point is moot anyway.]
But that completely misses the larger point. When a widow crys at her husband’s eulogy is she crying because of the speaker or because her husband is dead?
Lindsey Graham no more made her cry than I did. The emotion of the whole thing got to her. Dare I say it that if your spouse when thru that, you’d probably be in the same condition by the end of it.
First off, I don’t know much about Paul, but I am going to pour a stiff scotch in a few hours. That ain’t a skirt I am wearing, but a kilt. Get it right.
Second, there are parts I agree with Paul and parts I disagree. My main contention was with Drudge’s headline and pictures, which is why I posted a snapshot of them. Drudge had a montage of Kennedy, Feinstein, Schumer, and Mrs. Alito, and it looked like each of the three Democrats was yelling. The picture he had up of Mrs. Alito was of her in tears. Beneath it ran the headline “ALITO WIFE LEAVES HEARING IN TEARS AFTER DEM ATTACK.”
As I noted in the comments, no shit, and the headline could have read “ALITO WIFE LEAVES HEARING IN TEARS AFTER BREAKFAST” or “ALITO WIFE LEAVES HEARING IN TEARS AFTER KENNEDY CLEARS HIS THROAT FOR THE 33rd TIME.” Chronologically, as Paul notes, she left after the Democratic ‘attacks’ (if that is what you want to call them), but that is not what Drudge’s headline leads one to think. His headline makes it look like Kennedy or someone else stood up, launched into a vicious tirade, and Mrs. Alito was so ruffled that she broke down into tears and fled the hearings. it was, and I stick to this assertion, a hacktacular headline. It misrepresented what happened.
I saw what happened with my own lying eyes. It was during Sen. Graham’s friendly questioning and rhetorical deflation of Democratic assertions that she became overwhelmed and began to cry.
Why did she cry? I guess the conventional wisdom among some is that she just became overwhelmed by the day’s events and Graham’s rhetoric was what pushed her over the edge (he was the only one to use the word bigot, if I remember correctly). Maybe the nice things he was saying were so nice she was moved to tears. Maybe the events just became too much for her and she began to weep. I don’t know. Neither do you.
Did the Democrats say some stupid and offensive things yesterday? Sure they did. I don’t remember Sen. Kennedy claiming Alito had a black baby, and I don’t remember Sen. Schumer testifying that Alito snapped under pressure in a Vietnamese POW camp and sold out America, and I don’t remember Sen. Feinstein stating that Alito shot himself to get out of the VietNam war, but did they say some nasty things? Sure. And I said so.
But the way Drudge portrayed events was patently dishonest, and I stick to that.
*** Update ***
So let’s follow the argument here. Mrs. Alito left while Lindsey Graham was apologizing for the Democratic attack on her husband. That attack had taken place before she left. Therefore it is a lie to say she left after the attack. We must admit, we find this Angry Left logic difficult to fathom.
See! She left after the Democrats were talking. So therefore it must have been the Democratic attacks.
Hey, Jimmy- since you are having trouble with logic, here is some for you:
Do I think the Democrats statements had anything to do with her crying? Sure. But it did not unfold as Drudge and the folks at the Opinion Journal would like you to believe. I guess I am part of the “Angry Left” now. Better than the dishonest right, which is where I would put BotW today.