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Picture: Mrs. Wilson’s profile on the right of woman in pink. All photos were taken off the TV screen from the live CSPAN broadcast of the hearing.
We now know that the person about whom I wrote this column yesterday, was really a transgender female named Midge Potts, formerly a U.S. Navy sailor, who is a member of the anti-war group Code Pink: Women for Peace.
You can read more about Potts on her My Space page
Now that the identity of "the lady in pink" was been made public, this will hand a silver plater full of sarcastic, disparaging and dismissive jokes about the peace movement to the likes of Bill O’Reilly and Rush Limbaugh.
Part One: A Plame-Wilson hearing sideshow: with friends like these
(Part Two was added on Monday, Mar. 19, and is a response to the comments made by readers.)
First wearing a fuzzy pink hat, then exchanging it for a paper crown with lettering on it (illegible on TV), a fortyish woman managed to get a prime seat behind Valarie Plame-Wilson during the House hearing on the CIA leak case. Whenever she stood up she clearly displayed the "impeach Bush now" message on her hot pink t-shirt. It seemed that whenever she stood she looked to the left, nodded, and sat down as if someone had told her to remain seated.
Picture: The pink crown, which could
be seen even when seated.
Watching on CSPAN I saw her stand up numerous times.
Her expression looked smug and self-satisfied. She’s even seen at one point rubbing one index finger down the other several times in the gesture used to convey "shame on you".
As the news reports of the House hearing are being shown on the television news broadcasts, this woman in pink is in many if not most of the images of Mrs. Wilson.
What could she have been thinking as she persisted in hogging the screen with a woman who I assume she wholeheartedly supports? Is she merely misguided or mentally ill? For those prone to thinking of Republican dirty tricks, could she even be a plant sent there to mock the proceedings and make those critical of Bush look rude and ridiculous?
That this would benefit her cause?
While she has a right to express her opinion, I am sorry she choose this serious hearing to do so in such a distracting way. I believe it showed disrespect for Plame-Wilson as she spoke, not only for the first time in public, but under oath as well.
Despite the persistent but implausible comments from Rep. Tom Davis R-VA (pictured right) that there was no proof anyone involved in leaking Mrs. Wilson’s identity as a CIA employee could have been expected to know she was a covert agent, her responses made it abundantly clear that any administration official at the very least should have assumed there was a very good chance her job was classified.
Her testimony before the House committee was damning to the Bush administration.
I think we needed to attend to the testimony without distraction.
This is what Midge Potts had to say after the hearing, as being broadcast repeatedly on CNN:
I don’t think the importance of the message is diminished by the antics or the clownish things at all because it’s grave, our situation is grave.
I beg to differ. The antics and clownish behavior of Code Pink do diminish their message.
Why give mockery ammunition to the likes of Bill O’Reilly and Rush Limbaugh? Limbaugh already has Code Pink in his sights:
(March 14, 2007)- RUSH: Do you remember the left, the anti-war left had one of their pathetic little anti-war protests in Washington? It seems like it was this year, but time is really, really flying. Anyway, there was this Code Pink babe that went to the microphones and said this. Do you remember?
CODE PINK BABE: We women of the United States have a very clear message for every single presidential candidate, including or especially, Hillary Clinton. And we women say, puuuull ouuuut noooow! (Cheers and applause.)
RUSH: Does that not remind you guys of your first and second wives? Maybe even thirds. Pull out now! Transcript
Now these right wing potty mouths have a protester with an Adam’s apple and five o’clock shadow to make fun of.
As well-meaning as the woman in pink may have been, her antics and clownish behavior didn’t do her, and Code Pink’s, cause any good.
Part Two: Response to Comments