My Kos-Armstrong Timeline
from a few days ago features prominently in the “Diavlog
” between Mickey Kaus and Robert Wright. Wright cites it in reaction to David Brooks' column (hidden behind TimesSelect), specifically this paragraph:
When Sherrod Brown, the Democratic Senate candidate in Ohio, hired Armstrong last year to help with his campaign, this was also a sign of respect. The Kingpin had instructed his Kossack cultists to support Brown's Democratic primary rival, Paul Hackett. But the Kingpin switched sides and backed Brown over his former anointee.
Wright believes this paragraph suggests that Kos only changed his tune after Brown hired Armstrong. It seems clear that Brown hired Armstrong months earlier. When Brown formally entered the race, Kos was equivocal, but indicated he had a preference for Hackett. “Give me an Iraq vet over a career politician, even one with Brown's excellent pedigree.” Two days later, Kos changed his mind, and suggested, “it might be a good idea for Hackett to stand down.”
Wright thinks David Brooks owes Kos a correction, and perhaps an apology. Kaus thinks the wording of Brooks is less cut and dried, and insists that something in the interaction between these campaigns, Armstrong, and Kos smells funny. “You don’t think that when Mark Warner hired Armstrong, he didn’t know that he was buddies with Kos and might swing Kos his way?”
Wright notes that this web site is a source where you “not expect a pro-Kos bias.” Well, I try to go where the facts take me, whether I like ‘em or not.
UPDATE: Later in their chat, while discussing the remains of sarin and mustard gas found in Iraq, Wright comments, "No rational terrorist, who wants to do the most damage you could do with these weapons, would choose to do it using these weapons." (I presume he means, no terrorist who wants to use chemical weapons would use long-buried canisters of mustard gas.) Because, you know, terrorists are known for their ironclad and exacting standards of rationality, like when they tried to ignite their shoes on an airplane without anyone noticing, or when they tried to get the deposit back on the truck bomb used in the first WTC attack.
ANOTHER UPDATE: While we're on the topic of mustard gas and sarin, Brain Shavings makes an argument that the sarin that was found was most likely still in its separated binary form, and thus still dangerous.