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Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Your First Mistake

"I just took it for granted that we wouldn't be that stupid."

That's Florida Sen. Mel Martinez, a Republican, reacting to news that one of his aides wrote a strategy memo for other Republicans that explained how to use Terry Schiavo's case against the Democrats.

The aide has resigned.

From the Washington Post story:

"Martinez, a freshman who was secretary of housing and urban development for most of President Bush's first term, said he had not read the one-page memo. He said he inadvertently passed it to Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), who had worked with him on the issue. After that, other Senate aides gave the memo to reporters for ABC News and The Washington Post."

Harkin told the Post that Martinez offered him the memo on the Senate floor and referred to them as "talking points – something that we're working on here."

Martinez should not feign stupidity because it insults our intelligence. It's not like we would be surprised by it – sickened yes, but surprised? Not a bit.

And while liberal bloggers are using this memo as a political bludgeon against their GOP opponents, there is no doubt in my mind that some Democrat staffer has written a similar memo. We may never learn about it, but you can be sure it is there.

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