Al Simpson lays into Lynne Cheney in his hometown paper:
In public life I have been called everything – and that goes with the territory. It’s a contact sport. I’ve been called fool, idiot, boob, bonehead, dink, slob, greenie, soot-covered slob, all the rest – and that is “fair,” believe it or not, in politics. But what is not “fair” in my mind – and never has been – is when someone tries to distort who I am – as a person – and that was done on that evening of Sept. 21. In all of my 35-40 years of public life in Wyoming, I’ve never been called one particularly offensive name – and that is, a liar. And this is what Lynne Cheney said in her statement about this sad evening, and I quote her: “As to the story posted on Facebook I have to admit I am at a bit of a loss. That simply did not happen.” And that twisted comment is one damn bald-faced lie and I have had a belly full of it! I have never been called a liar before and it sure as hell won’t work this time. Now I know folks can go into the old pitch of “he said, she said” and so I’ll just leave it to the good people of Wyoming to know who is telling the truth here. I lay my reputation flat on the line before my fellow Wyomingites who know Ann and me, but I sure don’t have to take that guff from anyone – whenever – whoever – ever!
Read the whole long, rambling, strange emission if you want to get every minute detail about the reason Lynne went off on Al, but the short story is this: Lynne told Al to shut up last Saturday, and Simpson’s daughter-in-law posted about it on Facebook the next day. On Tuesday, Liz’ campaign called Simpson a liar after the state’s biggest paper picked up the story. Since then, the Star-Tribune had another story on the incident, and Al cranked his magnum opus of senile rage out of his Underwood portable yesterday.
If the Cheney camp could have apologized or just shut up, this thing would have gone away. But the Cheneys did what Cheneys do–told a lie–and now Liz has had another dismal week, about a year from the primary she will surely lose barring some Deus ex Machina event. I realize that the fun of this is lost on some of you, but it is goddam hilarious.