July 27, 2005


Democratic Self-Strangulation (The Prowler, 7/27/2005, American Spectator)


Just how hijacked is the Democratic Party? Former CIA analyst and Joe Wilson advocate Larry Johnson was allowed to give the party's weekly national radio address. Some Democrats in both the House and Senate are wondering why the party continues to beat on the supposed Karl Rove scandal, despite the fact that there is no clear evidence the story is helping the party politically.

"I haven't seen a single, serious poll beyond the media's that attacking Rove helps us one bit with the voters," says a Democratic House member. "No one can show me numbers. This is all the fringe people like MoveOn and even Howard Dean. It's all about not getting past 2000 and 2004. And I really fear we're going to pay for it down the road." [...]


New York Sen. Chuck Schumer was none too pleased with press reports on Monday that his junior colleague from New York, Hillary Rodham Clinton, had announced that she would not oppose the nomination of Judge John Roberts to the Supreme Court.

"He pitched a fit," says a Senate Judiciary staffer, who interacts extensively with Schumer's staff. "His staff thought she was opening up the trapdoor for him to fall through. It appeared to be classic Clinton triangulation."

Prosecutor In CIA Leak Case Casting A Wide Net: White House Effort To Discredit Critic Examined in Detail (Walter Pincus and Jim VandeHei, July 27, 2005, Washington Post)

The special prosecutor in the CIA leak probe has interviewed a wider range of administration officials than was previously known, part of an effort to determine whether anyone broke laws during a White House effort two years ago to discredit allegations that President Bush used faulty intelligence to justify the Iraq war, according to several officials familiar with the case.

Prosecutors have questioned former CIA director George J. Tenet and deputy director John E. McLaughlin, former CIA spokesman Bill Harlow, State Department officials, and even a stranger who approached columnist Robert D. Novak on the street.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 27, 2005 12:00 AM

No clear evidence except that over 70 percent of Republicans say Rove should be fired if he was involved in outing Plame. Read it and weep.

Posted by: Rick Perlstein at July 27, 2005 12:25 AM


No one knows who he is or cares what he did:


But he will have to resign.

Posted by: oj at July 27, 2005 12:31 AM

And yet: no Rove, no Bush ascendency. As you yourself admitted to me, you think the president is a "moron." The moron will be naked.

Posted by: Rick Perlstein at July 27, 2005 12:48 AM

Close: No Bush, no Rove ascendancy.

Posted by: oj at July 27, 2005 12:51 AM

Who, Brother O., ascended first?

Posted by: Rick Perlstein at July 27, 2005 1:01 AM

W. He took Rove with him. W had a more important role in his father's 1992 presidential campaign than Rove had ever had in one.

Part of the genius of a Reagan or a W is that their enemies have to believe there's a man the curtain.

Posted by: oj at July 27, 2005 1:07 AM

Why is it that the press, in reporting possible discrepancies between stories told by reporters and Bushies, assume that it is the latter who are in trouble with the Special Prosecutor, when they know that the reporter already in jail had previously crossed Mr. Fitzgerald on an important WOT case?

Posted by: ghostcat at July 27, 2005 1:32 AM

You're the guy who calls Bush a moron. I never said it, nor do I believe it.

Posted by: Rick Perlstein at July 27, 2005 1:32 AM


You just said it.

Posted by: oj at July 27, 2005 1:34 AM

we now know the upper limit of leftist short term memory -- it's 44 minutes.

Posted by: cjm at July 27, 2005 2:19 AM

And the long-term memory goes all the way back to... VIETNAM!

Posted by: Randall Voth at July 27, 2005 9:10 AM

Mr. Perlstein:

Who is the more successful, more disciplined, more effective political leader: George Bush, Al Gore, or John Kerry? Who had better advisors, and who utilized them better?

Posted by: jim hamlen at July 27, 2005 9:11 AM

Of course OJ thinks that W is a moron. That's what the left thinks and OJ is a leftist.

Posted by: David Cohen at July 27, 2005 10:32 AM

OJ's no leftist. He just hearts Rick P. Calling Bush a moron was just his way of wooing Rick.

What's the best place in Hanover NH to go on a man-date?

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at July 27, 2005 12:27 PM


It's a college town--all it has is spots suitable for Butch & Sundance.

Posted by: oj at July 27, 2005 12:45 PM