Friday, November 04, 2005

Note to Rove: It Ain't Over Yet

The Financial Times explains that Fitzgerald usually ends up indicting "Official A" also.

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Questions for Scalito

Many are worried that the upcoming fight over Scalito's nomination may
crowd Iraq and "PlameGate" off the front page.

It doesn't have to be. Although questions must be asked about his
views on reproductive freedom and other "wedge issues," there are other
questions that could keep Iraq/Cheney/Scooter/Rove on the front page.
Such as,

"Judge Alito, I want to explore your views on the Constitution's
system of checks and balances. Do you believe that the federal courts
are powerless to hear claims that the White House lied to Congress and
the American people about the grounds for going to war in Iraq?"

Sure, the pat answer is that it's a "political question," but who cares? It gets the scandal out front and center. Plus there's an easy end-around to the "political question" dodge:

"Alright then, Judge Alito, do you think the federal courts are powerless to hear claims that high level members of the Bush Administration lied to prosecutors and a federal grand jury? Or that they forged documents to support their case for going to war in Iraq?

There are any number of variations on this theme.

The White House Needs Cleaning




Here's the letter Senators Reid, Schumer, Durbin and Stabenow issued to "Big Time" Cheney Thursday, calling for a "thorough housecleaning" in his office. As the letter pointedly notes, senior Cheney aides named in the Libby indictment are not only still working -- they've both been promoted. Click on the letter to enlarge the image. As Maureen Dowd has noted, one of them --David Addington-- "is so fanatically secretive, so in love with the shadows, so belligerent and unyielding that he's known around town as the Keyser Soze of the Usual Suspects. At 48, Mr. Addington is a legend: he's worked his way up the G.O.P. scandal ladder from Iran-contra to Abu Ghraib."

Scalito Has a Skeleton in His Closet

And it's bigger than failing to pay bar dues.

In 2002 he ruled in favor of the Vanguard mutual fund company at a time when he owned more than $390,000 in Vanguard funds -- despite an earlier promise to the Senate to recuse himself from "any cases involving the Vanguard companies."

Bush is a Lonely Guy

According to a new CBS poll, President Bush's approval rating has dropped to an all-time low of 35%.

The White House can take cold comfort in the fact that it's not in the cellar.

The GOP-controlled Congress' approval rating is 34%.

"Big Time" Cheney's approval rating is 19%.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

MoDo on Cheney's Chain of Fools

"Scooter used to be Cheney's Cheney.

Now we've got Cheney's Cheney's Cheney.

This is not an improvement."

Read more here.

Fools on the Hill




Bill (insider trader) Frist and Little Ricky look none too happy as Democratic Senators force a hearing on the GOP cover-up of the White House's manipulation of Iraq intel.

The New York Times Finally Gets It

"Americans are long overdue for an answer to why they were told there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq."

Of course, if the Times' editors had spent more time listening to Maureen Dowd and Paul Krugman, and less time coddling Judy Miller, they wouldn't be in this mess.

President Carter: The White House Manipulated Iraq Intel

The Bush Administration's prewar claims that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction were "manipulated, at least" to mislead the American people, former President Jimmy Carter said Wednesday.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Paris Hilton Head Republicans

Re-reading the WaPo's piece on the "Paris Hilton Tax Cut" it occurred to me that this is a pretty good metaphor for the current Administration--elitist, irresponsible and utterly indifferent to the concerns of ordinary Americans.

DeLay Goes Judge-Shopping

Tom DeLay gets the judge in his money laundering case thrown out for being--gasp--a Democrat who contributes to other Democrats.

Texas, of course, elects state court judges in partisan elections. In other words, Texas judges are by definition partisan politicians.

Surely this means that the new judge can't be a Republican.

Scalito

"In his 15-year career as a judge, Alito has argued unsuccessfully for a law that required women to notify their spouses before they had an abortion. He ruled that the federal government does not have the right to regulate the sale of machine guns. He tried to limit the application of a federal law requiring employers to offer maternity, paternity and sick leave for their workers. He showed little sympathy for death row inmates who are denied effective lawyers."

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