The latest talking points and the truth

Matthew Hoy
By Matthew Hoy on December 27, 2002

On Fox News' "The O'Reilly Factor," last night, with Cal Thomas sitting in for Bill, Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) outlined the Democratic strategy for attacking the Bush administration's handling of the War on Terror:

They got the Patriot Act. I voted for it. It's going to lapse in 18 months. And some say: "Have we gotten one sleeper cell? Have we found one reason why it was they were all congregating in New Hampshire? Have we found who did the anthrax attack." Listen, it's very difficult to say that President Bush hasn't gotten the tools he's asked for. We in Congress have given him just about everything he's asked for. Show me the results. I think that what Democrats, and frankly, just about all Americans are saying.

Weiner pulls a "Gore" when he qualifies part of his statement with the "some say" phrase. But I'm disappointed Thomas didn't nail him on it.

A refresher course for Democrats: The answer to Weiner's first question is at least two. That's two al Qaeda sleeper cells that we've uncovered. The one in suburban Buffalo and another in Oregon.

The next time a Democrat suggests that the correct answer is "none," suggest they pay more attention to what's happening in the world. It's not as though these stories were not adequately covered in the media.

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