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.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006


Viewers of the television show The Practice will likely recall a defense technique used by firm which they called "Plan B." When the defense was not going well, they would attempt to place the blame elsewhere, without evidence, but with a mere accusation in order to plant doubt in the minds of the jury. Often, the object of Plan B was innocent of any crime, but the unscrupulous attorneys would still suggest guilt no matter the impact on the him/her, just to get their guilty client set free.

Apparently, the Rove strategy to deal with the Foley cover-up by republican leadership is to suggest that democrats, not republicans sat on the information and timed the revelation of Foley's lapses with a political motivation.

Without any evidence, three republicans have made the same charge. All, evidently recipients of the same FAX from the White House propaganda machine.

Rep. McHenry: Did Rahm Emanuel or Nancy Pelosi have any involvement at the stategic or tactical level...?

Sen. Cornyn: I hope that we don't find out that some people sat on information just so they could leak it here a month before the election to try to have an impact on the outcome.

Newt Gingrich: Why does it surface at the moment to do maximum damage to republicans in a way that's absolutely designed politically...?

McHenry, when pressed by Wolf Blitzer whether he had any proof of the involvement of Emanuel or Pelosi asked Wolf whether he had "any proof that they weren't involved."

My question to Mr. McHenry would be, "Do you have any proof that you don't have sexual relations with animals you find dead on the side of the road?"

By now, we all should be familiar with the republican playbook on how to deal with scandal or dissent. One of the favorite 'defenses' is to question the timing. You may recall this defense was used when Bush's drunk driving arrest became public right before the 2000 election.

McHenry, Cornyn and Gingrich are trying to minimize the political fallout from what appears to be a conspiracy to cover-up Mark Foley's page predilection. It's just one more example of how a political party has become vile and contemptible.

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