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Rove Rage

Wag the press dogs. Plus Iraq, Guantanamo, and Armstrong's France. And much more.

7.19.05

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WAG-THE-PRESS
Re: Wlady Pleszczynski's Operation Overrove:

I used to think the White House political operation was genius. But after this last "Wag-the-Press" installment, it seems like it doesn't take a genius to make them speak, beg, roll over, or fetch. It's a classic Pavlovian demonstration. Again.
-- Diamon Sforza
San Diego, California

Do you suppose it is possible Rove is playing rope-a-dope with the press?

Or, in poker lingo, he holds a royal flush and has tempted his opponents to "go all in" by disguising his cards?

The always-late, always-muddled White House press staff's performance to date certainly could have facilitated a "big con" of this elegance.
-- Jameson Campaigne
Ottawa, Illinois

Rove Rage -n.- Uncontrollable feelings of anger and hatred experienced by liberals and members of the press at the mention of presidential confidant Karl Rove's name.
-- Charles Thomas
West Pittston, Pennsylvania

One would not expect Wlady or anyone else at the Spectator to get it when it comes to Karl Rove. This administration has been propped up on lies from the day it came into office, and unfortunately, their lies encourage others to lie and fabricate, and stall, and create elaborate excuses for the immoral ambiance that has been forced upon us. The facts condemning Karl Rove are indisputable and immutable. They are there, and he should re-sign. In the meantime, it would behoove this magazine, always on the wrong side of everything to find some other line of work.
-- MLM

Your article about the frantic piranha feeding in Washington over Karl Rove is amazing. It would be amusing if we weren't at war. It goes to prove that once a politician leaves his/her home state and moves to the Beltway, they lose their grounding and common sense.

We lived in D.C. area for four years due to military assignment. I flew home to my Dad's Texas ranch about 4-5 times a year and would just walk for miles on the ranch to regain my equilibrium. The day we left the Washington area the Washington Post had a comic strip of two sad sack characters called Frank and Ernest. That day they had the two standing at a crossroads. The sign above them read Washington, D.C. pointing one way, while the other sign said "To the rest of the world" pointing the opposite way.

It is time that Beltway folks get out to the rest of the world and see what we are really worried about. It wouldn't be any overblown and totally "non" affair concerning Karl Rove!
-- Beverly Gunn

It appears that the mainstream media and the new media are at the fulcrum of power over who gets to tell America what's happening. A theory that fits the known facts of the Plame Affair and explains other questions is that [Joseph] Wilson, Democrat operatives, Time, and the New York Times were engaged in an effort to extend the proposition that Bush had lied about Niger uranium and WMD in general, and were trying to set up the Administration to be guilty of exacting revenge on Wilson for acting as messenger. At the last moment the Time executive blinked, backing out of the plan and leaving the NYT and Judith Miller holding the bag. This would explain Cooper's lame story that his last minute decision to testify came because he received a release from his source which he already had for more than a year and Miller's refusal to testify because she would not reveal unknown sources one of which, Rove, had already released her from. The special prosecutor probably sees the outline of this battle between MSM and new media, and may view aggressive behavior by MSM resulting in the investigation as a complaint with a false premise and the stance of the NYT and Miller as obstruction of justice.
-- Howard Lohmuller
Seabrook, Texas

I thought Rove released all the reporters who talked to him about the leak case weeks before this three-ring circus. I wonder what all the theatrics are about.
-- Annette Cwik

UNIQUE COVERAGE
Re: John Connly Walsh's Flying the Carpet with Captain Ayad:

I have been following with great interest and amusement the dispatches of John Connly Walsh. His folksy writing style has the shining ring of truth concerning progress in Iraq. I've seen this nowhere else. Mr. Walsh, sir, would you be interested in starting a television news network when your work in Iraq is complete?

Keep it coming!!!
-- Steve Stelzer
Labadie, Missouri

DEWINE AND DECLINE
Re: Patrick Hynes's Democrats in Permanent Decline:

That's an interesting article; however, the author left out Mike DeWine, who is up for reelection in 2006. There are a lot of people in this state upset with Republicans in general, and a lot of Republicans upset with DeWine in particular!

Former U.S. Rep. John Kasich looks real good to a lot of Republicans, but he will dilute the available resources, i.e. money, manpower, and votes. It looks like Ohio can be a real cartoon with jokers like the deviant TV host and check kiter from Cincinnati, Jerry Springer. He has a radio talk show in Cleveland, the home of both boy blunder, Dennis the Menace Kucinich, and the idiot from the east side, Tubbs-Jones.

Ohio could be a problem for the points you made in your article.
-- Vic Cruder

ROMANCING LANCE IN FRANCE
Re: Jay D. Homnick's The French Conniption:

Good job on the article. You pretty much nailed the French view of Lance dead on. But you really only scratched the surface.

The problem is a lot worse than Lance just dominating their national sporting event. It has been 20 years since Bernard Hinault won his fifth tour in 1985. Since that last great French racer, there has been zero victories for the home team, and TEN for Americans. That is, three from Greg LeMond, and the current run of seven for Lance. That is the statistic that is just killing the French cycling fan: A whole generation of French who have never seen a countryman on the top step of the podium in Paris.

And it gets worse. There are no prospects out there. None. The cupboards are bare. There is one French rider in the top 20, but there are five Americans. French riders are left to nibble at the edges, hoping for a win on Bastille Day to call it a good tour.

I think Lance could win two or three more-- he is that dominant. But as he leaves, look for riders like Levi Leipheimer, Floyd Landis and David Zabriskie to continue to pummel the French psyche even further.

A prediction: Two more wins for the USA before France wins it one more time.
-- Rob Hartsock
Bend, Oregon

I too delight in the fact that for the past seven years, the very epitome of French pride, the Tour De France, has been dominated by an American rider. If you add in Gregg LeMond's three victories in the '80s and '90s, we Yanks have "owned" this event for the better part of two decades. How galling to the Gauls!

There's no denying Armstrong's ability, or his determination, and his battle with cancer is worth a Movie-of-the-Week. However, there's a part of Armstrong's recent history that's often overlooked, and not something to proud of, and that's the shameful way he casually discarded his wife for another woman not long after he recovered from cancer and chemotherapy.

Compounding the insult is that he chose, as his new paramour, liberal rock-shrieker and anti-Bush fanatic Sheryl Crow. When I see her waiting for him at the end of each leg of the Tour, instead of the woman who bore him three (3!) children and stuck with him through the hell of chemotherapy, I get a knot in my stomach.

Call me a puritan, or a killjoy, tell me it's none of my business -- whatever. The fact is that while Lance Armstrong is probably the greatest cyclist in history, and possessed of an iron will, he's not a role model.
-- Gavin Valle
Peapack, New Jersey

GITMO OUTTA HERE
Re: Jed Babbin's Gitmo Varsity:

Hats off to Jed Babbin for illustrating the reality inside Gitmo (as I would have pictured it) instead of the lies perpetrated by the likes of the New York (grimy) Times and the Washington (com) Post.

Certainly, now more than ever, it is abundantly clear how the liberal media has the audacity to report fallacious stories in their unending attempts to thwart the Bush administration and to try to advance their failed liberal/socialist agendas.

In the past three or four decades liberalism has helped breed a dependant welfare class, single-parent families, increased crime, kept racism alive and well, encouraged lawlessness (thanks to our liberal courts) not only on the streets but in our corporations (ala Enron, WorldCom, Global Crossing, etc.) and in our government (not to just pick on the Democrats, but the Clintons scare me) and the coming-of-the-age of the morally bankrupt "me generation."

Of course I acknowledge Republicans/conservatives commit crimes too, and have their own shortcomings, but the climate conducive to behaving badly was ushered in by shortsighted liberals.

I am hopeful that the current trend toward conservatism will prevail a bit longer to reverse the damage so our society may heal itself from the scars of unabashed liberalism now that conservatism has a voice in the media. We should never again suffer another Vietnam where liberals did indeed snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.
-- John Nelson
Hebron, Connecticut

In "The Gitmo Varsity," Jed Babbin describes the consideration given to detainees, particularly those who cooperate with their captors. Who wouldn't want to have three squares and a soccer field to play on? But descriptions of Gitmo as Club Med for terrorists are just as dishonest and politically motivated as claims that the detention center is one step removed from a concentration camp. Moreover, we must remember that the detainees at Gitmo are the lucky ones; countless others who were thought to have urgent information were "disappeared" into corners of the world where the media can't stick its nose and where interrogators don't have pesky laws which force them to leave their cattle prods at home. As good or bad as it might be to end up in Guantanamo Bay, it is only public scrutiny that ensures conditions remain within the bounds of human decency.
-- P. Clayton Schaefer

Mr. Babbin's article hit the bull's-eye. Speaking of the "world's worst," it's too bad Ted Kennedy was not locked up with his terrorist buddies last Friday during his visit to Gitmo and subjected to the so-called water "torture" while mentioning Mary Jo Kopechne's name. "The Murderous Swimmer" definitely qualifies as one of the "world's worst" hypocrites and is a disgrace to all sentient Americans.
-- Joe Weldon
Juno Beach, Florida

There is a blog going around the email loop that suggests each anti-American Senator or Representative, as a group called Democrats, should be assigned one Gitmo prisoner. Once each was assigned, we could close the "Auschwitz of the Caribbean" and leave these plague rats to their respective foster families. This is not only a way to allow the party of the anti-American anti-Christ to actually DO something rather than talk, but it also closes a base, housing rabid dogs that only appear to be human for which this nation has been criticized. Wonder if any one would get bit? Probably not. I'm sure rabid dogs and plague rats respond well to love, wealth (all of them seem to be rich) and all the Democrat "one world of loving brothers" nonsense.

Do you suppose that a single one of these idiots ever ponder that simply the fact that these Muslim plague rats are in jail is saving lives in the world? Not to mention the value their intelligence may have in the war on terror.
-- Jay W. Molyneaux
Wellington, Florida

THE FEMININE M16
Re: John Connolly's letter (under "The Good Stuff") in Reader Mail's All the Lonely People:

"When I came to this forced bit of political correctness, 'Men whose wives are in Bosnia or Okinawa,' I read no further."

I proudly served in the United States Marine Corps for many years, and have served with DoD for a total of 28 years. I am saddened (but not surprised) to see such ignorance alive and well in 2005. Mr. Connolly, perhaps a bit of research on your part would enlighten you to the fact that women are not only serving but dying or being maimed for life while wearing the uniform of the United States military. Careless remarks like yours above do dishonor to Americans who daily put their lives on the line for their country, and thousands of others who, although they may never see combat, have taken the same oath to serve as their male counterparts. Numbers are irrelevant. They reflect the facts of the law, not the desire, willingness to sacrifice, and fervent love of country displayed by these women. Shame.
-- Lee H.

GONE TO POTTER
Re: Andy Sloss's letter (under "Wicked Witchcraft") in Reader Mail's All The Lonely People and J. Peter Freire's Harry Potter and the Chair of Peter:

Fanatic atheist Annie Laurie Gaylor argued that fairy tales and science fiction should be banned from our schools. She represents the extreme of the rationalist, scientistic viewpoint that doesn't want children to entertain the possibility that there are other ways of looking at reality. Andy Sloss wants a similar ban on the grounds that using books on witchcraft and magic in schools violates separation of church and state. This sounds like an extreme of the exclusivity, sola doctrine of Christians. Ideally, the path of cultures and the path of individual lives pass through and beyond magic to true faith.
-- R.L.A. Schaefer
Dubuque, Iowa

SALOMON'S WISDOM
Re: Bob Salomon's letter (under "Sophism of the Day") in Reader Mail's All the Lonely People and George Neumayr's The New Eugenics:

I must write to correct Bob Salomon's corrective. In a letter re: George Neumayr, Mr. Salomon states that the word "eugenics" refers to the process of "selective breeding" and therefore does not apply to abortion. Selection necessarily implies deselection. In animal husbandry this includes the culling of unwanted specimens and the sterilization of useful individuals that are not desirable candidates for reproduction. Without deselection, the process is known as "letting nature take its course."

"Eugenics" as a social/political movement absolutely included abortion and forced sterilization in its bag of tools. The practice of eugenics ultimately included the culling (i.e. murder) of humans (adults as well as children) who were deemed "undesirable." Since it's far more efficient to kill a born human being than it is to abort a fetus, the economics of the process literally demand it.
-- Tom McAndrews

TRUMPED
Re: Lawrence Henry's Slackers:

I couldn't help but feel a bit encouraged by Mr. Henry's latest fine piece; my present employment "situation" should be set aright quickly, knowing that there are plenty of fine jobs involving only web-surfing and video games. Gotta go; Mr. Trump awaits!
-- C.S. Bolay
Kansas City, Missouri

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