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Tuesday, October 7, 2003
The Significance of the Plame Affair

By Steven Taylor @ 10:53 am

Howard Kurtz in his Media Notes column today hits on the real force behind the current leak investigation:

The reason the story packs a punch is that it’s a proxy for the larger doubts about the way the White House handled its prewar claims about Iraq. If the administration tries to discredit Wilson, the man who blew the whistle on the bogus uranium claim, by going after his wife, what does that tell us about how tenaciously the Bushies are clinging to their still-unproven WMD rhetoric? What does it tell us about how they respond to critics? What does it tell us about the culture of the Bush administration?

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  1. Duh.

    And what does it tell us about those who are desperately trying everything to defend these guys?

    Oh, and then there’s Arnold. Love that spin there, too.

    I tell ya. Party of Moral Clarity is becoming quite the oxymoron.

    Comment by JohnC — Tuesday, October 7, 2003 @ 12:56 pm

  2. Considering Bush is now on record as saying “this was a criminal act” and is at least talking tough… I’d say it shows the administration doesn’t put up with violations of national security and intelligence assets.

    Of course we’ll have to see what the final outcome is, but I think it’s a little too early to discredit moral clarity.

    As to Arnold.. what exactly are you referring to? The makeup artist who lied about him taking a picture of her or the NYTimes and ABC News for erroneously reporting Arnold praised Hitler?

    Comment by Cam — Tuesday, October 7, 2003 @ 1:09 pm

  3. Ha! I laugh at your weak attempts at defense by touting the party line. Get prepared, bucko. Payback’s a bitch.

    I’ll let others argue the Plame affair. I’ll just note that Bush popped the hot air balloons that were attempting to provide flack for the whole issue yesterday. Funny, that. Downright humourous. Brings a tear to my eye to see the right scramble for another line of flack.

    As to Arnie, prepare for finding out whether a sitting govenor can have civil suits brought against him. And, here’s the real kicker:

    1) Arnie will be elected with less than 40% of the vote.

    2) He’ll be facing a never ending stream of scandals.

    3) The govenor actually doesn’t produce the law, he just signs it.

    4) There’s a hell of a lot of angry democrats.

    5) If you think the republican minority can cause a lot of trouble, just imagine what the majority can do.

    Scandal city, impotent govenor. National coverage.

    Oh yes, you republicans are MASTER politicians…


    Master politicians.

    Comment by JohnC — Tuesday, October 7, 2003 @ 1:29 pm

  4. JohnC:

    In re: “Duh"-my point, which granted wasn’t artfully delivered (RealLife and all that…) is that to listen to the Senate Democrats calling for a special are acting as if their sole motivation is their abiding sense of injustice over what was done to Plame. However, the Kurtz quote comes closer to describing their motivations. Hardly a startling statement, but that was my point.

    And,by the way, I haven’t defended the leaker, ever.

    Comment by Steven — Tuesday, October 7, 2003 @ 3:29 pm

  5. Actually, I’m just yanking your chain… I’m not in the boat with JG on that subject. I just like to taunt every once and a while.


    Comment by JohnC — Tuesday, October 7, 2003 @ 4:29 pm

  6. Chain yanking be fine ;)

    Comment by Steven — Tuesday, October 7, 2003 @ 4:37 pm

  7. I
    m on the air right now, so I can’t fully comment.. I just wanted to say less than 40% eh?

    Comment by Cam — Wednesday, October 8, 2003 @ 8:08 am

  8. If the query about what the Wilson/Plame affair indicates with regard to the character of the Bush Administration is serious (vice merely rhetorical, which-as you point out-is more likely the case), the answer at this point is “We don’t know". It says absolutely nothing about the Administration unless the leak was undertaken at the behest (or at least acquiescence) of the top members of the Administration-if it was not a matter of policy, then the whole affair says something only about those who leaked the info.

    Comment by Jem — Wednesday, October 8, 2003 @ 8:09 am

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