November 21, 2007

Isn't this interesting?

Good day before Thanksgiving everyone. Or is it Happy Thanksgiving Eve? I can never keep those straight. All I know is that I am looking forward to some turkey. I have heard about people eating other meats for Thanksgiving--in Communism!--but for us and our house, we say "nyet" to that.

And by the way, here is a special thought for all traveling this week. I always think traveling is stressful, and doing so this week is that much more so. So, if you are flying, stay patient and keep the Ipod charged. If you are driving, take care.

Now for the news of today. I saw a blurb about this last night while cooking, but didn't really understand the implications. Evidently, Scott McClellan is naming names, and one of them is named "W."
“I stood at the White house briefing room podium in front of the glare of the klieg lights for the better part of two weeks and publicly exonerated two of the seniormost aides in the White House: Karl Rove and Scooter Libby,” McClellan wrote. “There was one problem. It was not true.” McClellan then absolves himself and makes an inflammatory — and potentially lucrative for his publisher — charge. “I had unknowingly passed along false information,” McClellan wrote. “And five of the highest ranking officials in the administration were involved in my doing so: Rove, Libby, the vice president, the president's chief of staff and the president himself.' "
Watching this admin at the beginning, they seemed so effective at chilling critics. John Dillulio calls them "machiavellian mayberries" and suggests that they politicize everything--yet a week later he backs down completely. Paul O'Neill says that they planned on invading Iraq from the beginning, he is savaged by the machine.

But you can only brutalize critics so long, and you can only punish people like this when you have complete control. In the early days, they did. But now, with the President hovering at 29%, the political power lies elsewhere.

And now, we just get one more reminder that Bush lies and holds us in complete contempt.

5 comments:

Bootleg Blogger said...

Hey- I saw this last night and wondered if you'd have something on it this am. Usually this stuff comes out after the administration is out of office, but looks like we'll get it sooner this go-around. I am afraid I don't see anything coming of it. The congress has shown little if any spine other than a few individuals who still talk impeachment. Maybe there is some satisfaction for those (of us) who have been saying this all along that some of the players are coming clean.

Still healing from the Tech game- BB

ubub said...

Lucky for W. this is turkey-pardoning time. Mirror, mirror on the wall . . .

leighton said...

I'm pretty sure McClellan knew he was repeating lies to the press while he was still at the White House. These administration defectors are a bunch of cowards; the balance of power is shifting away from their old bosses, so now they'll take the bold, fearless step of siding with the new majority, and trumpeting the things they "recently discovered!" I.e., they knew about all along. Really gives you an idea of what kinds of people were naturally attracted to Bush and his administration.

Happy pre-Thanksgiving!

leighton said...

Oh, and look! Scotty isn't actually going to implicate W after all--it was a story his publicist cooked up to drum up ratings for his book. It's not like we've ever seen media manipulation before...

Streak said...

Dammit. Leighton, I was holding out hope. But I remember watching Scotty on the Daily Show well after he left--well after Plamegate--and he was still carrying Bushy water. These people do suck.