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Friday, October 28, 2005


Merry Fitzmas!

(NYT, Libby 5 counts, Rove legal jeopardy continues...)

And don't miss the Frogs....pretty funny.


  • Let's see what happens in an hour...

    and as this story breaks nationally.

    By Blogger kid oakland, at 10:00 AM  

  • Inconvenient link (via atrios) to the indictments. here

    By Blogger &y, at 10:17 AM  

  • I'm watching on C-Span 2......

    the picture is tiny...argh.

    Is it just me, but does this sound like it raises many, many questions...that there's much more here...??

    By Blogger kid oakland, at 11:24 AM  

  • A few thoughts, mundane and otherwise...

    1. Based on its appearance in both the indictments and at the news conference, I think Fitzgerald was outraged about Libby's "Now refer to me as 'a former Hill staffer'" bit. Pretty damn slimy. Malice aforethought. Etc.

    2. When someone asks you if you requested indictments that the GJ did not return and you then look offstage for guidance before basically saying, "no comment"--I think it's pretty clear that the answer is not a straightforward "no." If that makes any sense.

    3. If I were a government official involved in any way with this story (on the criminal side of the equation), I think I'd have been on the phone with my lawyer STAT just as soon as Fitzgerald started talking about the Espionage Act. That's the law that would freak me out.

    Still processing...

    The sun is filled with ice and gives no warmth at all.
    --Willie Nelson

    By Blogger &y, at 1:34 PM  

  • First blush response to today's events and press conference: In terms of immediate gratification and spectacular political damage to Bush, this is perhaps not the "slam dunk" we wanted to find under our Fitzmas tree. The White House, as you could tell in Bush and Cheney's statement, is separating itself from Libby (and I've already heard GOP flacks float the "the average American doesn't even know or care who Lewis Libby is" talking point), treating this as simply a case of a rogue employee who disappointed, but didn't implicate, the boss. And, because Fitz played it so legally straight, we have no clear sense that there may be more indictments, so there's an obvious let-down there.

    BUT, I think I may be experiencing, Linus-like, the deeper meaning of Fitzmas. Watching and listening to Fitz, I rediscovered something I haven't felt in a long, long time: a kind of simple, optimistic pride in the potential and promise of America. I know that sounds fatuous, but it felt like, after crawling through the desert, I was finally rewarded with a tall, clear glass of ice-cold life-sustaining water. I took such profound and unexpected pleasure in the trust I felt in this guy. And I even found a perverse satisfaction in the way he frustrated my shallow partisan craving for a brutal rhetorical smackdown. When was the last time you had the experience of seeing somebody on tv, in a political context, that you didn't feel compelled to view through an angry ideological prism? It was such a relief to not be an analyzing and enraged critic, or even a chortling schadenfreudian. I just had a very simple, almost childlike, faith in this guy. He'll follow the evidence where it leads and no further, but he's not afraid of anybody, especially these smug thugs. He seemed like a walking, human rebuke to the insane political atmosphere of the last decade. I know this all sounds ridiculous and naive, but perhaps that only suggests how deeply I was craving, without even really being aware of it, somebody to believe in again. I believe in fairness, and justice, and equality, and civility. And I saw that today in Patrick Fitzgerald. And maybe that, Charlie Brown, is the true meaning of Fitzmas.

    But then back on the maniacal partisan front, I think today's events might actually be the best thing possible. Fitz destroyed the "out of control prosecutor" talking point, as well as the "perjury isn't a serious crime" talking point (quote: "That talking point won't fly"), and it just sets up a much more prolonged bloodletting for the Bushies. Just as everybody got a little despairing over the summer when the Rove revelations seemed to peter out in the media, we'll all probably feel a little short-term disappointment in the day-to-day media battle, but I'm similarly confident that since this remains an open legal question, not a media-manipulation one, the eventual pay-off will be long-term and profound and fundamentally unspinnable. I believe these guys are totally screwed. And I have Fitz to thank for that belief.

    By Blogger wg, at 2:07 PM  

  • Three cheers for Linus!

    By Blogger awol, at 3:11 PM  

  • wg:


    wow. I'm going to put that on my blog.

    By Blogger NYBri, at 4:53 PM  

  • A little human decency is remarkable in our moment.

    Bravo, wg, for turning our eyes to it.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:15 PM  

  • wg--

    Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your comment. I backtracked from firedoglake to kid oakland to get this to you.

    You expressed so many of my unexpressed and unknown feelings that I had to reread it and then I was just overcome with goosebumps.

    Your post is NOT fatuous, ridiculous or naive. It is honest and straightforward and right on target.

    My patriotism and love for this country has been abused for the last 6 years to such an extent that I haven't known that I had the feelings about it that I obviously do have.

    Just to have something or someone to believe in.



    By Blogger Rowdy, at 10:13 AM  

  • I read PowerLine, RedState and BlogsForBush and they all said that Libby's goose is cooked. Well, Libby's goose is cooked.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:34 AM  

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