A tribute to Condoleeza Rice and George W. Bush who, despite voluminious evidence to the contrary, said, "I don't think anybody could have predicted that these people would take an airplane and slam it into the World Trade Center, take another one and slam it into the Pentagon, that they would try to use an airplane as a missile," adding that "even in retrospect" there was "nothing" to suggest that" and "I don't think anyone anticipated the breach of the levees," respectively.

Sunday, January 22, 2006


Crooks and Liars has a link to an excellent article on how best to answer to the attacks of Karl Rove, his lieutenants, and assorted media henchmen.


On This Week during the "Roundtable," ABC put up on the screen for several minutes "Democrats Unplugged." Whatever that means. They discussed Hillary Clinton and her "plantation" comment and Ray Nagin's comment about New Orleans and his inarticulate frustration that blacks are being disenfranchised in the rebuilding of New Orleans.

One thing that is perfectly clear from listening to any pundit discussion of Hillary Clinton; the GOP plan of attack on her is to cast her as a political opportunist whose views vary with the direction of the prevailing winds. Everything she says or does is being reported as a calculated political maneuver without discussion of its merits. The sheer preponderance of this "casting" leaves little doubt this is a preemptive strategy to ingrain this perception in the public subconscious. The strategy lays the ground work for the well-used "flip-flopper" charges sure to be leveled should she decide on a presidential bid.

As for Nagin: Why was he mentioned at all?

I taped Face the Nation because it's aired at the same time as This Week. After finding out that Pat Roberts and Joe Lieberman were the guests, I decided to erase the tape instead of watching it.

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