This is almost too rich to be true. Eight paragraphs into his new stint as a New York Times op-ed columnist, William Kristol has already made an embarrassing error.
His column, which suggests that the Democrats not underestimate Mike Huckabee's chances to win it all (see post below on this page), includes this graf just past the midway point, quotes the "conservative writer Michelle Malkin" as saying, "For the work-hard-to-get-ahead strivers who represent the heart and soul of the G.O.P., there are obvious, powerful points of identification.”
There's just one problem: She never said it, as she was quick to point out herself on her michellemalkin.com site: "Since I never usually appear on the New York Times op-ed page unless someone’s calling me a fascist, I was pleasantly surprised to see the quote. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on how you look at it), I didn’t write what Kristol attributed to me. A different MM–Michael Medved–was the author." She then reproduces the Medved passage and links to the source, a Jan. 2 column he wrote for townhall.com.
But while we're at it, if you have somehow missed Michelle Malkin's famous "cheerleader" video, here it is:
Monday, January 7, 2008
Kristol mess on first day on the job
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