Fun facts you learn by reading right-wing blogs

June 12, 2006
  • Senate minority leader Harry Reid accepted a free gift of valuable ringside boxing tickets and then later had to vote on issues concerning the boxing commission. Talk about corrupt! (1)
  • We were never told by administration officials that Iraqi resources would pay for the post-war reconstruction! (2)
  • Bush’s 2004 margin of victory was 50% greater than the margins of victory enjoyed by Clinton in both 1992 and 1996. (3)
  • Ann Coulter is a sociopathic, opportunistic vampire who doesn’t really care about anything except her own self-promotion (4)

  1. The seats were actually “credentials” set aside for government officials so that they may observe the activities of the commission. These credentials are expressly forbidden to be sold by law and thus had no cash value. Also, Reid voted against the commission’s interests.
  2. Press Secretary Ari Fleischer: “Well, the reconstruction costs remain a very — an issue for the future. And Iraq, unlike Afghanistan, is a rather wealthy country. Iraq has tremendous resources that belong to the Iraqi people. And so there are a variety of means that Iraq has to be able to shoulder much of the burden for their own reconstruction.” [Source: White House Press Briefing, 2/18/03]

    Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage: “This is not Afghanistan…When we approach the question of Iraq, we realize here is a country which has a resource. And it’s obvious, it’s oil. And it can bring in and does bring in a certain amount of revenue each year…$10, $15, even $18 billion…this is not a broke country.” [Source: House Committee on Appropriations Hearing on a Supplemental War Regulation, 3/27/03]

    Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz: “There’s a lot of money to pay for this that doesn’t have to be U.S. taxpayer money, and it starts with the assets of the Iraqi people…and on a rough recollection, the oil revenues of that country could bring between $50 and $100 billion over the course of the next two or three years…We’re dealing with a country that can really finance its own reconstruction, and relatively soon.” [Source: House Committee on Appropriations Hearing on a Supplemental War Regulation, 3/27/03]

    Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld: “If you [Source: worry about just] the cost, the money, Iraq is a very different situation from Afghanistan…Iraq has oil. They have financial resources.” [Source: Fortune Magazine, Fall 2002]

    State Department Official Alan Larson: “On the resource side, Iraq itself will rightly shoulder much of the responsibilities. Among the sources of revenue available are $1.7 billion in invested Iraqi assets, the found assets in Iraq…and unallocated oil-for-food money that will be deposited in the development fund.” [Source: Senate Foreign Relations Committee Hearing on Iraq Stabilization, 06/04/03]

    Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld: “I don’t believe that the United States has the responsibility for reconstruction, in a sense…[Reconstruction] funds can come from those various sources I mentioned: frozen assets, oil revenues and a variety of other things, including the Oil for Food, which has a very substantial number of billions of dollars in it. [Source: Senate Appropriations Hearing, 3/27/03]

  3. In 2004 Bush won the popular vote 51 to 48.1 – that makes his margin of victory 2.9%. In 1992 Clinton got 43% to Bush’s 37.4% (a 5.6% margin of victory). Clinton won 1996 with 49% to Dole’s 41% (an 8% margin of victory). 2.9 is not 50% larger than 5.6 or 8. Unless by “50% larger” you actually mean “way smaller.” Furthermore, it just so happens that 2.9% is the smallest margin of victory for a sitting president – ever.
  4. Okay, that one was me. And it’s completely true.

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  1. Ann Coulter gives new meaning to the word “BITCH”.

  2. But Scott… Don’t you know that Republicans always fact check their news ::snicker::…. of course… it’s with Fox News Channel…

    Btw.. Completely agree with 4 after seeing her go at it with Matt Lauer on “Today” a couple of weeks ago… But as my AM show producer put it “why does she have to be so hot?!”


  3. These guys just look to their betters (Sykes, Limbaugh, Coulter, Hannity, Drudge, etc.) for Today’s Hysterical Outrage or Today’s Mean-Spirited Half-Truth. I don’t think they have any sense of the truth or falsity of it. The only “truth” they’re looking for is whether it bolsters their extreme views.

  4. “Furthermore, it just so happens that 2.9% is the smallest margin of victory for a sitting president – ever.”

    unless i misread the meaning of your statement…
    bush’s margin of victory was larger than
    jimmy carter – 2% margin of victory
    jfk – tiny margin of victory (texas and chicago really pulled through)

  5. The key word here is “sitting” (i.e., incumbent). Bush was an incumbent in 2004. Carter was not an incumbent in 1976, nor was JFK an incumbent in 1960.

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