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February 20, 2005

Just So We're Clear:

A guy who secretly tapes your conversations and then releases them to the public (and/or the New York Times)? He's a dick. Even if the guy who's being recorded is now the President of the United States.

Posted by john at February 20, 2005 06:03 PM

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Jim Winter | February 20, 2005 06:29 PM

Never discuss marijuana use with a guy named "Wead." (Yeah, I know. Cheap shot. Might as well get it out there and overwith.)

John H | February 20, 2005 08:47 PM

I agree - if you want to preserve your conversation for posterity, tell the person you'd like to tape the conversation. If you can't bring yourself to get their permission, then at least have the decency to keep it to yourself.

Otherwise you are truly a dick...

Kevin Q | February 20, 2005 09:14 PM

And of course, he had to take it to that liberal bastion, the New York Times... Why couldn't he have taken it to Fox News??? Now, if there's any fallout about anything Bush said on the tapes, it's going to be a "liberal plot." (To certain media hosts, anyway.)


mythago | February 20, 2005 10:02 PM

Left wing, right wing, the guy's still a dick.

I wonder how many of the people who supported taping Monica Lewinsky's conversations will so agree, though.

Ken | February 20, 2005 10:34 PM

Think they can get John Goodman to play this guy on SNL as well? He was great as Linda Tripp.

Justin Johnson | February 21, 2005 12:46 AM

See? This is why I like you, John. Even if I don't see eye-to-eye on all things, there are those universals we can all agree on. Secret tapes are wrong. I hope I would feel the same if I was confronted with a similar situation involving a more left leaning politician.

Brian Greenberg | February 21, 2005 12:48 AM

Ya know...I wonder if this is a hoax.

Seriously, the guy's name is Doug Wead, which is a homonym for "dug weed." That strikes me as a HUGE coincidence. I have no proof - I'm just saying, if it is a hoax, you heard it hear first... ;-)

Also, I think it's pretty ironic that his comment about trying marijuana actually puts him in a pretty good light (he said he wouldn't talk about it because he didn't want kids trying it because he did). I'd note that this is buried in the story, but certainly not in the headline...

John H | February 21, 2005 08:50 AM

Ya know...I wonder if this is a hoax.

Considering the plants the Bushies have been using lately, it wouldn't surpirse me if this was a publicity stunt.

And yes, that pun was most definitely intended...

hogarth | February 21, 2005 09:48 AM

As I blogged:

We may not have learned much about George W. Bush's past that we didn't already suspect, but we sure have learned an awful lot about the (lack of) personal ethics of Mr. Doug Wead.

Jim | February 21, 2005 04:21 PM

In a vaguely related note, did you catch the recent speech by upstate NY CongressCreature Maurice Hinchey in which he insisted that the whole Rathergate thing was caused by Karl Rove deliberately leaking phoney documents, knowing that CBS would run with the story and make themselves look venal and stupid. At first he insisted that he had evidence of this but when asked specifically he admitted it was all his conjecture but that he was proud to be brave enough to expose this.

One of the nice things about having moved from upstate NY to RI a few years ago was that I no longer had this moonbat as my district's representative in Washington.

Wonder if Hinchey gets his smokes from Wead? (Hey, Woodstock is part of Hinchey's district -- both the real village of Woodstock as well as the area over in Sullivan County where the original Woodstock festival was held back in '69)

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