"We really shouldn't argue too much with each other: we need to unite and move quickly, boldly, the way we would if we were being attacked by an enemy from another planet--because, in a very real sense, we are.* emptywheel:
Make no mistake: it will be hard, even now, to defeat a party that believes it has a special dispensation from God to lie and cheat because God wants it to keep power. Losing to this party again is unthinkable--but it can't be. We have to think it, and let the thought of the meaning and consequences of that defeat inspire our greatest efforts. Otherwise, all we will be left with is a slim doomsday consolation: my apologies to the penguins and the polar bears, but an electorate so stupid as to be taken in again by these terminally greedy aliens among us will get what it deserves and deserve exactly what it gets."
"... if I were one of Libby's lawyers, I'd probably be ready to admit the greymail and First Amendment protection strategies had failed, and Scooter's stinky lies were all I was left with. And, as an employee protecting the larger Neocon cabal, I'd recognize that proceeding further, what with every filing revealing some new piece of evidence suggesting Dick Cheney ordered Scooter Libby to out Valerie Plame on a vindictive lark, I might think seriously about calling it quits.
I suspect Fitzgerald may be zeroing in on proving just that--that Dick and Libby willfully outed Valerie Plame. And there seems to be renewed energy attempting to avoid allowing Fitzgerald to prove just that."
* frank rich:
" The presidential diagnosis of Mr. Maliki's trustworthiness was contradicted by the White House decision to keep the visit a secret from him until the last minute. How big a dis is that? Even the Americans the administration distrusts most - journalists - were told a day in advance."* chitrib:
"Hastert's family paid $11,000 per acre in 2002 for some of the land he and his partners subsequently sold in December for $36,000 per acre."* arkin:
"In Baghdad meanwhile, Iraqi national security adviser Mowaffak Rubaie magically released a captured al Qaeda in Iraq document yesterday, a document that gives a gloomy assessment of the state of terrorist forces and the insurgency. Never mind that the language of the document immediately called its authenticity into question."