I don't know about you, but I'm getting excited about sitting around and chatting with Ambassador Joe Wilson tonight. The excitement started to build when Karen Shugart's cover story on Ambassador Wilson was published in Creative Loafing.
One of my favorite quotes from Wilson in the article is in response to the right's popular assertion that Wilson is a far left liberal.
Well, first of all, I describe myself as American before I'd describe myself as a member of a particular party. And secondly, to those critics who try to paint me as leftist, I'd like to remind them it was George Herbert Walker Bush who made me Ambassador to two African countries and for whom I served as the acting ambassador to Baghdad. I was actually also invited to be a founding member of Ambassadors for Bush before the 2000 election. So any political evolution towards the center or any political evolution whatsoever is as much a consequence of the truly horrid management of the American nation by this particular administration.
If you've read his book you know that Joe Wilson comes from a long line of Republicans, though I didn't get the impression that he was terribly partisan. He couldn't be in his line of work.
When you serve in the diplomatic service you serve the United States, and you serve the Constitution of the United States. You're not typically involved in politics. The Hatch Act prevents a lot of political behavior for people who are actually on the federal government's payroll at that time. Now that I'm no longer on the payroll, it's an honor to be invited to participate more fully in the election of our leaders.
I'm planning to post my questions for Ambassador Wilson later today. I don't think there will be time for me to ask him any tonight, but I'll give it a shot anyway.
After that great article in Creative Loafing, I wasn't sure we'd read anything in the CharO, so I was pleasantly surprised to read this in today's paper. Jim Morrill gave the event a plug.
In the same section was another brief post that caught my eye. Remember those, "Larry Kissell is MY Congressman" bumper stickers that Lance created last year after the heartbreaking loss? They're finally getting attention.
David Ingram saw one in Raleigh. Yes, that's outside the district. The sticker was on a car with Indiana plates. That would be just a bit further out of the district and some of you might wonder why someone from Indiana would be sporting a Larry Kissell bumper sticker.
It's really quite simple. I've heard more than once folks here say they wish Kissell was running in their district. Honesty, humility and integrity are characteristics that appeal to people all over the country. Democrats in red distsricts in every state would love to see a Larry Kissell running in their district.
I say it's time to bring back those bumper stickers. There's got to be a way to use them to jump start a campaign to recruit more Larry Kissells for red districts. Any ideas?