Goodling today recalled her last conversation with Gonzales and said she felt uncomfortable when Gonzales began recalling for her his understanding of the process that led to the firings of nine U.S. attorneys last year.
So when Rep. Arthur Davis (D-AL) asked about her conversation with Attorney General Gonzales Goodling says she was “uncomfortable” with that conversation. Why would Gonzales think that it was proper to have such conservations when just a week before the House Judiciary Committee had said they wanted her to testify. Gonzales’s excuse that is was just acting like an old uncle trying to offer her some solace makes for a sympathetic sound bite, but legally the case might be made that he tried to obstruct justice. Obstruction doesn’t have to involve direct threats, it can consist of coaching – of dropping suggestions on how to navigate around certain questions.
The Wall Street Journal commits another grievous act of hackery. TODAY’S WSJ LEGERDEMAIN:
Judd Gregg (R-NH) requested that the Congressional Budget Office prepare a study measuring how low-income households with children have fared from 1991 to 2005. CBO dutifully complied, and found that low-income households with children have seen their income rise 35% over this period. The result is trumpeted in a lead editorial in today’s Wall Street Journal. The poor get richer! shouts the Journal. There are the predictable sneers at John Edwards for his insistent belief that there are poor people in the United States, and demands that the “class envy lobby” accept “this dose of economic reality.”
But wait. Why fifteen years? Well, it is a nice, round number. But fifteen years (from the last year where data) is available is 1991. That was a recession year, when incomes for this group collapsed.
A trick of statistical magic that we have all come to expect from Conservatives – yea see we took one of the worse years ever and compared to to a year that wasn’t great but not nearly as bad and guess what, the poor of 2005 light their cigars with ten dollar bills. Some people never grow up they just get older.
This may be small consolation to those upset over the Iraq funding debacle, but hey you have to learn to take your victories where you can, Candidate to Lead Consumer Agency Withdraws
A senior lobbyist at the National Association of Manufacturers withdrew his nomination to head the Consumer Product Safety Commission on Wednesday as a growing number of senators questioned both his suitability and a $150,000 departure payment that the association was preparing to give him.
The RBC picked up on this story, Slow learners at 1600 Penn.
The Bush (mal)Administration continues to demonstrate that it is an organizational slow learner. The President and his evil counsellors have yet to figure out that they can no longer get away with the kind of stuff they got away with under six years of a lapdog Republican Congress. With a new sheriff in town, and a stinging election defeat and historic low popularity adding to the usual weakness of a lame duck Presidency, they need to pull in their horns. But they seem to be unable to figure that out.
True enough, but I think there is another element to the administration’s attitude, screw’ em. They’ll put up any low life ideologically pure hack because they have nothing to lose. In the pipeline is someone is is probably as bad or worse. Someone who will put the interests of the fatcat few ahead of the common good, but his or her warts just won’t be as obvious. The new lapdog of Republican special interests will then do as much damage as he can before the adults come home in 2008. BushCo are not old dogs that can’t learn new tricks, though that is partly the case. They are old dogs that like doing the same old dirty tricks they’ve always known; having a shallow grasp of morals and good governance they see no real reason to change.
The Right has been generally good, but not perfect at keeping the broadcast media in particular gagged and stuffed in the closet. They get very upset when the media they’ve controlled for the last forty years gets a little uppity and does its job – they are very upset or have manufactured another big pot of fake outrage at this story, GOP Candidates Criticize ABC News Report on CIA-Iran Plan
Two Republican presidential candidates today criticized the ABC News report Tuesday about the CIA’s covert plan to destabilize the Iranian regime.
“I was shocked to see the ABC News report regarding covert action in Iran,” Mitt Romney said as he opened a session with reporters in Tulsa, Okla.
Congressman Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., called for an investigation into who leaked the information and “condemned” ABC News for “running the story which could jeopardize American lives.”
The ABC News story reported that President Bush had given the CIA authorization to conduct a nonlethal covert action against Iran involving propaganda, disinformation and the manipulation of Iran’s international banking transactions.
Conservatives are not the brightest people in the world, but they are darn clever at being manipulative Chicken-Littles,
I’m skeptical of the spin on this story, in particular the contention that this reported covert action is about a committed Bush administration policy to destabilize the Iranian regime. It seems the named sources in the piece are saying if such a covert action has been authorized, it’s about in fact the US deciding NOT to confront Iran militarily — but rather, to try to gain leverage as it moves towards negotiations with Tehran, which limited to Iraq security are set to begin Monday in Baghdad. And who would like to sabotage that? Hardliners in both Washington and Iran — potentially, some of the former may be ABC’s sources, with an eye to a report that would get Iran to call off the talks. While there may be covert components to the effort, the fact that the US is trying to pressure Iran economically is hardly a secret — Nick Burns and his counterparts at the Treasury Department have been going around the world openly for more than the past year trying to get countries and even individual banks on board to sanction Iran economically.
I am put in the position of begging again. Please, please GOP candidates, right-wing blogs and Republican pundits flog this story night and day for all its worth. At the end of the day you’re saying that BushCo hasn’t been taking any counter measures against Iran. Intell operations just started and ABC may or may not have uncovered some brand spanking new clandestine activity. Please Wing-nut-o-sphere make the case that much of this wasn’t already made public by the administration and right-wing blogs themselves and is 95 percent common sense that the CIA spies on Iran and does a dirty trick now and then. Laura at War and Piece is probably right, that much of this chatter is to pressure Iran in face of upcoming talks the administration is having with Iran – about what? Getting them to help Bush stabilize Iraq. Please do not read the right-wing spin on this story and drink milk near your monitor at the same time. Remember this report from Seymour Hersh and keep in mind the recent Department of Justice purge, What the Pentagon can now do in secret. January 24, 2005
“This is a war against terrorism, and Iraq is just one campaign. The Bush Administration is looking at this as a huge war zone,” the former high-level intelligence official told me. “Next, we’re going to have the Iranian campaign. We’ve declared war and the bad guys, wherever they are, are the enemy. This is the last hurrah—we’ve got four years, and want to come out of this saying we won the war on terrorism.”
“See, in my line of work you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda.” – George W. Bush