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Don’t Hire This Man

By on 10.30.05 | 1:48PM

Byron York wrote the other day that his legal-eagle sources "are unanimously appalled by the performance of Libby's lawyer, Joseph Tate." Apropos of that, check out Tate's public spin on the case. If your memory is foggy, that's something to say when you're testifying, not something to say after your sworn testimony fails to hold up. Doing so may well have saved Libby from the trouble he's in now.

Libby had better get a good criminal defense attorney to take the lead in his defense ASAP, if he doesn't want to spend the rest of his life in jail.

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Cocktail Talk

By on 10.30.05 | 10:47AM

Saturday night hitting the booze again, talking to people still only talking about Miers and Plame.

Sunday morning, the buzz was about the "analysis" coming out of the newspapers and the talk shows, that being that President Bush had been wounded badly by all of this trouble, and that he needed to rebuild trust with the American people.

Many Republican and conservative consultants and White House advisers tell us that this just goes to show that once again, the MSM doesn't get it: "The President only has to worry about, really about making his base happy. A happy base means that legislation is moving, businesses are making money, national defense is strong, courts are full of restraint and government is shrinking. All of those things make the base happy, and guess what? That makes a lot of other people happy, too. Not Democrats or liberals, but people who count on election day," says a Republican pollster.

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Belated Fitzmas

By on 10.29.05 | 11:42PM

We keep hearing from people who should know that some Republicans outside of the White House -- and some inside -- are being much too dismissive of the indictment of Lewis Libby and its potential repercussions on others down the road.

"This investigation is not over," says an adviser to the White House. "The indictment was meant to send a very clear message, and if people haven't figured it out yet, and they are breathing a sigh of relief, then they are in for a very bitter surprise."

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Camp David

By on 10.29.05 | 11:35PM

As long as Miers doesn't return from Camp David with a renomination in hand, and Card doesn't return having been nominated for the Treasury Secretaryship he covets, what's the problem? If what the White House told us about Miers' role in the Roberts nomination process is accurate, and everything we've heard seems to bear that out, then she did a good job for the President and for conservatives. There is nothing to suspect they won't give the President strong advice.

White House insiders say that while President Bush has not yet had a "Come to Jesus" moment, the past ten days have come pretty close. He understands that this pick can either put his agenda back on track, or it can put his Presidency back into a sink hole of no return.

Right now, the biggest names in play are Alito, Luttig and Corrigan from Michigan. Any three would be more than satisfactory.

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Time for a Transplantagenet

By on 10.29.05 | 7:18PM

Prince Charles, whose recent marriage to good old whatshername is a sedative for Americans, is coming to preach to us. According to the Daily Telegraph reports, Charles, "...will try to persuade George W Bush and Americans of the merits of Islam this week because he thinks the United States has been too intolerant of the religion since September 11...The Prince, who leaves on Tuesday for an eight-day tour of the US, has voiced private concerns over America's "confrontational" approach to Muslim countries and its failure to appreciate Islam's strengths."

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From Posted Comments

By on 10.29.05 | 4:21PM

Someone going by the numerical code of "0701" pushes back on our reporting that Joe Wilson was talking himself up and his Niger trip in green rooms all over town: "Which is all hearsay on your part unless you have a verifiable source."

Well yes, we do. Beyond having heard it directly, NBC's Andrea Mitchell has reported several times about Wilson's activities and loose tongue prior to the publication of his NY Times op-ed.

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Blood Lust

By on 10.29.05 | 1:57AM

If much of Washington is celebrating the indictment of Lewis "Scooter" Libby, the most famous vice-presidential chief of staff since Bill Kristol under Dan Quayle, the Washington Post's op-ed page hasn't joined in, at least not on slow Saturday. A joint op-ed by David B. Rivkin Jr. and Lee A. Casey blows Patrick Fitzgerald into space:

Special counsel Patrick Fitzgerald's indictment of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby should be the final proof that the system of "special prosecutors" is bankrupt and ought to be abandoned.

Fitzgerald, a highly respected federal prosecutor from Chicago, was given the task of investigating whether Bush administration officials had violated the Intelligence Identities Protection Act by "leaking" the identity of CIA employee Valerie Plame.

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Camp David Thoughts

By on 10.28.05 | 10:16PM

The president reportedly left for Camp David to contemplate the next Supreme Court nomination over the weekend. To my consternation, Miers and Andy Card both went with him. (This, presumably, does not mean that Card is the next nominee).

He surely had this letter from Sens. Leahy and Reid with him. In it, after tut-tutting Miers's implosion, they come right out and say that the prez shouldn't nominate anyone conservatives might accept, especially no candidate with a Y chromosome:

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Spinning Webs

By on 10.28.05 | 8:00PM

In speaking with people who would know far better than us about the Fitzgerald indictment, what on the face appears to be thin gruel may be a remarkably complex and dangerous document for the Bush Administration and its defenders, as well as Democrats.

Don't expect a lot of commentary or pushback from White House or Administration types, particularly given that so many colleagues have testified under oath or provided interviews to the FBI. The wrong comment or conflicting piece of information could create further troubles for others already in jeapardy.

More interesting is the time line that Fitzgerald lays out related to the defense the White House began to erect agains the leaking and prevaricating of Joe Wilson. Remember, all of this got started because word reached the White House from reporters and friends of the Administration that Wilson was talking himself up and his Niger trip in green rooms all over town. The White House had several weeks at least to begin mapping out a pushback plan, and this appears to be the time when many of the problems took shape. There appears to be much in this timeline for others to mine.

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Your Weekend Reading List

By on 10.28.05 | 6:17PM

Some notable books passed through our hands at TAS this week and here are some highlights:

Michelle Malkin puts in book form that which she does best: chronicling liberal madness in Unhinged: Exposing Liberals Gone Wild. She flips through their odd conspiracy theories, the racist slurs of which she's a frequent target, and their fantasy of seeing President Bush assassinated. It looks like great red meat nightstand reading.

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