Wolfowitz 0-1 Bloggers

Yet another reason why Paul Wolfowitz should have resigned

weeks ago. With the media seemingly unable to get its hands on the World Bank’s

final report on its president’s behavior, newspapers such as the Washington

Post are looking elsewhere for material – specifically, the question of


marital status.

The calls usually start: "Why do you people always . . . " Of late,

there have been a couple e-mails and calls demanding to know why the media

often refer to World Bank President Paul D. Wolfowitz’s companion, Shaha Riza

as his "girlfriend" when, they insist, she’s his mistress, because

Wolfowitz is not divorced from his wife, Clare.

Meanwhile, the blogs are printing much

juicier gossip about Wolfowitz and his disliked aides Kevin Kellems, Robin

Cleveland, and Suzanne Rich Folsom. (The phrase "found lying naked in a

drunken state in a stairwell" appears.) None of this had to happen, but

if people insist on staying on well past their welcome, then dirt will inevitably

start to be thrown.

Of course, Washington being Washington, a lot of this gossip has probably been

in circulation for a while. But now it’s appearing on websites which have received

half a million

pageviews in the past month. At this point, even if he wins, Wolfowitz has


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