Via The Washington Monthly here’s Robert Novak on whether or not he regrets outing Valerie Plame a few years back:
I’d go full speed ahead because of the hateful and beastly way in which my left-wing critics in the press and Congress tried to make a political affair out of it and tried to ruin me. My response now is this: The hell with you. They didn’t ruin me. I have my faith, my family, and a good life. A lot of people love me — or like me. So they failed. I would do the same thing over again because I don’t think I hurt Valerie Plame whatsoever.
Bold comes from ThinkProgress, where TWM got the story. As both ThinkProgress and TWM point out, it’s patently absurd for Novak to say that he didn’t hurt Valerie Plame. The woman lost her job, a good chunk of her career, feared for her life, and others CIA agents faced source difficulties as a result of the whole thing. It was really a horrific incident — whether Novak is responsible or Scooter Libby and Karl Rove, that’s more debatable. But come on. For Novak to say that his life is still intact and he has a good family, and that’s all that matters, is really beside the point, isn’t it?
I know he’s been through a lot lately, what with the tumor and all, and I would really like to think that he was a little loopy when he said that — but then again, he is “The Prince of Darkness.”