Misspeaking is easy; unspeaking can be hard.
The battle was joined Tuesday when the Washington Examiner quoted Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz as saying:“We know, and I’ve heard no less than Ambassador Michael Oren say this, that what the Republicans are doing is dangerous for Israel.”
Oren then issued this statement: “I categorically deny that I ever characterized Republican policies as harmful to Israel. Bipartisan support is a paramount national interest for Israel, and we have great friends on both sides of the aisle.”
“I didn’t say he said that,” Wasserman Schultz, a Florida congresswoman, later insisted to Fox News. She added that inasmuch as the Examiner is “a conservative newspaper,” it was “not surprising they would deliberately misquote me.”
Alas. The Examiner had recorded her comment, which was made at a public event. It’s loud and clear.
Note to file: Remind both parties that traditional training seminars for freshman members in December must include a warning that everything they say publicly — even privately — will be on someone’s recording device.