Friday, July 15, 2005

Today: Plamegate. Tomorrow: Plameout.

So the navel-gazing media columnists have themselves atwitter with the latest developments in the Plame leak, namely the speculation that if Rove was the source, did the president know?

Given the press's track record with Bush-related scandals (lying to Congress and the United Nations about proof of WMD, falsifying his National Guard records, failing to follow up on crucial intelligence related to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, stealing the election, etc.), I'm going to go out on a limb and say that this story will die within a week. Bush has worked some sort of hypno-mojo on the press that has rendered them incapable of focusing on an anti-Bush story for more than 48 hours.

And even the media did pull their heads out of McClellan's ass and we did find a preponderance of evidence that Bush either ordered or knew of a leak of a CIA operative's identity, what can we do about it? Both chambers of Congress are dominated by Republicans, many of whom owe their seats to the Bush fundraising behemoth. The Supreme Court doesn't have any jurisdiction in this, and even if it did, with O'Connor leaving, we'll have a conservative-stacked court.

I hate to sound fatalistic (although I do love being pessimistic), but I really don't see any point to getting excited about this. Our options as I see them:

1. Wait out Bush and focus on (a) setting a Democratic agenda that goes beyond being anti-Bush and (b) finding a viable Democratic candidate.
2. Take down the Republican members of Congress who are shielding the Administration from accountability.
3. Move to Canada.


At 11:56 AM , Anonymous madaes said...

Lisa said, "ass" so I know she's upset. Check out Frank Rich's article in the New York Times today (6/18). He says Plame is just a small story waiting to explode into a much bigger story about the lies leading up to the war in Iraq. If he's right, the next Watergate could be around the corner. I would absolutely love that.


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