The Spectacle Blog


By on 10.21.05 | 10:46AM

Wlady: The leaks coming out of Fitzgerald's team are growing into a flood. And it's not merely improper, it's illegal. Last time I checked, it's a federal felony to leak grand jury information like the stuff pouring out of Fitzleaky. More later, and on Monday in Loose Canons.

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Re: Brilliant

By on 10.21.05 | 10:36AM

That's the best photo of DeLay anyone's ever taken. If he could have smiled like that more regularly he'd have become an endearing figure and we'd be talking about him as a successor to GWB. Regardless, he's not going down. What jury in the world would convict such a sweeet man?

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Re: Brilliant

By on 10.21.05 | 10:30AM

Too bad they couldn't put an American flag behind DeLay in the mug shot. He then could have used it for his next official House photo!

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By on 10.21.05 | 10:08AM

I can't get over how cleverly Tom DeLay and his team handled the Mug Shot photo. The man isn't going down without one hell of a fight...

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The Noose Tightens

By on 10.21.05 | 2:33AM

If the Washington Post's report on Rove is frothy, the New York Times's is seemingly coldly specific. "Some lawyers in the case said they were persuaded that Mr. Fitzgerald had all but made up his mind to seek indictments." But whose lawyers? "Lawyers involved in the case," the story says at an earlier point. But apparently these aren't Rove's and Scooter Libby's lawyers, because, the story says, "Lawyers for the two men declined to comment on their legal status." The Times's sources couldn't be lawyers working under Fitzgerald, could they? Presumably leaks from Fitzgerald would be highly improper, if not illegal. What about lawyers for other possible targets? Their motivation presumably would be to shift attention away from their own clients. But it's unlikely they'd be in a position to know as much as Fitzgerald's own team does. And who but Fitzgerald's team would be on the same page?

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Lynch Mob Mentality

By on 10.21.05 | 1:09AM

Nobody knows anything, yet according to disinterested outside observers such as the Washington Post, Karl Rove has already been frog-marched to Sing-Sing. It's home page headline reads: "Post-Rove Deliberations Begin: White House is now confronting the looming prospect of a Bush presidency without Karl Rove." Nice Freudian slip, by the way, that bit about "Post-Rove" -- Does it mean after Rove? Or is it a reference to deliberations inside the Post's newsroom about how to spin against Rove? For all the reader can find out from the story itself, everyone is supposedly spooked, but no one knows anything. "In a capital consumed by scandal speculation, most White House senior officials are no more privy than outsiders to the prosecutor's intentions." So why run a page one story rooted in no substance anyone can divine? If Rove isn't indicted, won't such stories become the equivalent of Jayson Blair's and Stephen Glass's finest work?

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The Senate vs. The Taxpayer

By on 10.20.05 | 9:20PM

What happens when everyone from the National Taxpayer Union and the Club for Growth to the Sierra Club and Daily Kos calls on the Senate to cut wasteful spending to pay for post-Katrina rebuilding? Pork-addicted senators overwhelmingly say no.

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Miered Miers

By on 10.20.05 | 6:14PM

Look for some more damaging stories that will have conservatives pulling their hair out. Word is the Washington Post may be dropping something on Miers as early as Friday.

The apparent depth of anger Sen. Arlen Specter feels toward the way the White House and Miers have approached the nomination process has apparently not been portrayed accurately by the mainstream press. "It wouldn't be possible to describe how angry he is," says a Judiciary Committee source. "Livid, murderously mad, nothing does it justice, pardon the pun."

Specter is not only angry about the questionaire that Miers and her handlers submitted. He is angry at the reports he is getting back from his fellow Senators coming out of their private meetings with Miers. "They are universally negative," says Republican staffer for a Senator who has met with the nominee. The bad reports are making Specter feel put upon.

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New Thinking

By on 10.20.05 | 5:08PM

For fresh insight into the Miers mess, take a look at something I've just received:

One beyond the Beltway friend has sent a tortured but hopeful explanation of the recent nomination events.

He contends that after John Roberts, any nominee was going to be portrayed as "under qualified" by comparison. Accordingly, perhaps the White House felt it was necessary to run someone through the process to "lower the bar" again. Of course, the goal of nominating this person was NOT actually to get the person confirmed; in fact, it was just the opposite -- have this person NOT be confirmed but simply make things easier for the NEXT nominee to be confirmed (by comparison with THIS person, not with John Roberts).

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Syria Sweating?

By on 10.20.05 | 4:51PM

For several weeks now -- ever since President Bush's latest "big, stay the course" anti-terrorism speech -- there has been heightened interest in what may or may not be happening between the U.S. and Syria.

Word this morning about this takedown, which will give Saddam yet another distant relative to hunker down with in prison, will further raise questions about just what is going on behind the scenes over at State and DOD.

We were at a dinner party several days ago where several European ambassadors or senior counselors to said embassies were in attendance, and each expressed separately a certainty that the U.S. was going to invade Syria sooner rather than later. On the face of it, such a plan seems absurd given the current political and strategic problems the Bush Administration is facing right now.

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