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Wednesday, October 12, 2005

conspiracy: a turning point

This has been an extraordinary moment in our political history. It still is. Judith Miller is likely before the grand jury right now. (Sing, Judy, sing!).

None of us knows what the outcome will be, but for those who use speculation and conjecture in a considered way...reading closely as a way to try to make sense of the news and to puzzle things out...last night was something else.

The news came so fast and furious...it seemed to be the beginning of a political earthquake.

It may seem mundane that news organizations are reporting that Fitzgerald is looking into broader conspiracy charges...and into the inner workings of the White House Iraq Group. After all, bloggers have been saying much the same thing for awhile now; but the fact is, if the Wall Street Journal is speculating in that direction, even as informed conjecture...that is newsworthy in itself...it means that Washington D.C. will now take this very seriously. This is now about political careers and the real possibility of criminal indictments. The lid of the pressure cooker has now been locked. What happens next, no one can say. This scandal is in overdrive.

This is a crunch moment for the GOP. They have the Presidency, the Senate, the House and they are loading in at the Supreme Court. This is the political party that brought us the impeachment of Bill Clinton on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice. Hypocrisy has always come easy to them; that may no longer be so blithely true. There are no easy choices for anyone caught up in this mess, especially those 'true believers' who put the screws into Bill Clinton. Truth is, impeachment was an abuse of power whose reverberations are still being felt in the body politic. It's hard not to think back to those times now, as our nation faces a legitimate crisis of leadership.

Those of us who know how deep the lies run...on WMD, on torture, on GOP corruption...must understand that the rest of the country is just now catching up. Katrina was a powerful wake up call. Iraq has been the stifled, persistent alarm. A federal grand jury will now decide whether the evidence points to criminal misconduct in the White House.

It may be that a conspiracy to attack a lone political opponent will finally be the undoing of a larger fabric of lies...and provide the moment for uncovering the sordid, festering parasite that's eaten away the heart of the GOP...remember the impeachment charge against Bill Clinton that failed to pass...the abuse of power.



  • Talk Left has a good summary of the significance of the WHIG development.

    Feel free to add your own updates and comments here as the day kicks into overdrive...

    By Blogger kid oakland, at 8:42 AM  

  • Judy has left the building.

    By Blogger kid oakland, at 12:26 PM  

  • I sure hope that someone inside the WHIG has turned. That will keep all the defense options to a minimum...and we won't have to listen to all the garbage talking points for the next ten months.

    By Blogger NYBri, at 4:43 PM  

  • Is it just me, or does
    Patrick Fitzgerald bear more than a passing resemblance to Eliot Ness? (the real-life Ness, not Robert Stack or Kevin Costner. :-)

    Here's a toast to reincarnation!


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:54 PM  

  • re: nybri

    Mary Matalin? Mary Matalin?

    "Mary Matalin, a Republican consultant who headed Vice President Dick Cheney's communications office until December, confirmed that she testified on Jan. 21.

    A number of other current or former officials have been interviewed by the FBI, including top Bush political adviser Karl Rove, communications chief Dan Bartlett, former spokesman Ari Fleischer and Cheney spokeswoman Cathie Martin, said two sources who spoke on condition of anonymity.

    The Washington Post reports the FBI has also talked to Cheney chief of staff I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, along with Levine, Matalin and McClellan.

    The Post reports the FBI has conducted aggressive questioning covering White House emails that were turned over to the investigators, cell phone calls, phone logs and even specific conversations with reporters.

    Investigators earlier tried to encourage journalists to talk by asking White House staff to sign waivers freeing reporters of any promises of confidentiality. But according to The Post, most officials were advised by the lawyers not to sign, and did not.

    Interesting article given time frame.

    Confession: I kinda wouldn't want her to go to jail...I dunno why. Regardless, Carville might have given her some good advice on this one...you know...how not to screw oneself on behalf of one's superiors.

    re: Jay

    You got that right. And the solo trip to the judge's office, cup of coffee in hand...the lone sheriff..

    By Blogger kid oakland, at 5:07 PM  

  • Popping so fast, kid. I"ve decided to just sit back and watch. Can't keep up. By the time I blog the news, it's old.

    I'll be very curious to eventually find out about Miller's notes.

    Could Miller have been writing about this in June with Wilson's help? I've got my reasons to think that.

    Just askin'.

    By Blogger NYBri, at 5:53 PM  

  • "festering parasite that's eaten away the heart of the GOP..."

    The GOP has a heart?

    It's really irrelevant how the gop is affected. It's the USA that is the problem, not the gop nor the democrats for that matter (what party brought us that wonderful adventure called vietnam - over 1 million deaths - is that too abstract). Actually come to think of, it's the USA that is the festering parasite, a festering parasite upon the planet - militarily, environmentally, economically, and every other which way. One cannot discuss ANY issue without taking that into consideration, it just becomes pedantic. What did the german intellectuals talk about in nazi germany, did they leave out the germane points? This Judith Miller thing is all just a bunch of nonsense. The US is a perpetual scandal. Corruption does not end just simply when a party changes or a new person gains office. It's endemic. This will all, soon blow over - and the US will continue on its merry way.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:00 AM  

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