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Tuesday, July 19, 2005
Well, I'm Surprised

I mean, we all know the Bush Administration's antipathy towards the press, and especially CBS News, the alleged power center of the liberal media.

I guess all those people who tell me never to stereotype this President were right.

What? It's not that John Roberts? Bush wants to replace the first woman to serve on the court with yet another conservative white male? Ah. I guess I'm not surprised after all.

Sunday, July 17, 2005
"All Americans ... Need to Watch What They Say" Who knew the Bush White House press office would one day find itself on the receiving end of onetime mouthpiece Ari Fleischer's infamous post-9/11 rebuke of Bill Maher?

Apparently, Rep. Roy Blunt, the No. 3 man in the House Republican Leadership is laying the blame for the current controversy surrounding Karl Rove firmly at spokesman Scott McLellan's feet:

Asked about the White House's previous statements that Rove was not involved, Blunt told CBS' "Face the Nation" that spokesmen for the White House "need to be very thoughtful about what they say and be sure that their credibility is sustained."

If only the Congressman felt as strongly about the need for senior staffers in the White House to be very thoughtful about what they say and to be sure that the identities of covert CIA agents are not revealed.

One of These Things is Not Like the Others David Brooks wastes more ink on the NYT Op-Ed page with a column hailing "the courage politicians," which seems to be a pre-emptive endorsement of Rudy Giuliani for the 2008 GOP primary (although he'd apparently settle for John McCain). Because there's nothing more pressing worth writing about, I guess.

I could probably live with the column's pointlessness if its premise was more solid. He opens:

Some politicians build their careers around compassion. Some build their careers around loyalty to a group or a class. But there are others, like Theodore Roosevelt, Robert Kennedy, John McCain and Rudy Giuliani, who build their careers around courage.

The courage politicians organize their energies by picking fights with venal foes ... For Roosevelt it was the trusts; for R.F.K., the mob; for McCain, the campaign finance system or K Street; for Giuliani, the bloated Board of Education or the self-indulgent edifice of urban liberalism.

Huh? Last I checked, McCain's reputation for courage was set in the Hanoi Hilton. In fact, TR, RFK, and McCain all cut their reputations for courage under some threat to their personal life and limb. Only by bizarrely misstating the roots of McCain's reputation for courage is Brooks able to include Giuliani in that company.