Southwest Missouri got its claim to fame in the Valerie Plame hearing on Friday. It was not a pretty sight.
Midge Potts of Springfield, the former GOP candidate for Congress, appeared at the hearing -- in the background, dressed in a Jackie Kennedy outfit, circa November 1963. Potts was in the back of the room as a protester for Code Pink. You couldn't miss Potts. Neither could anyone else who watched.
When Plame criticized the leaking of her name, Potts' hands did a tsk-tsk of disapproval. When Plame nodded "no," so did Potts. And on and on, until we had to wonder if the Code Pink protesters were actually Republican operatives, planted to make Plame look bad.
Reaction on the left wing was mixed, with some Dems giving Potts the rah-rah, while others criticized the spectacle. Count us in the latter category. Because what Plame had to say was important, and instead of letting the former CIA operative's words do the talking, Potts insisted on selfishly mugging for the camera. Some messenger.