"The political crisis in America today is not betwen the Left and the Right, but between a numerically small but extremely dangerous, very wealthy, well-connected, and powerful cabal of extreme rightwing radicals and the rest of the country.
At the moment, the cabal's wealth and connections are all but impervious, give or take an Abramoff or two. But their power, that's a different story, that's where you and I come in. We have to vote. Yes, it's quite conceivable that Bush will ignore Congress and launch an invasion or nuclear assault on Iran despite a hostile Democratically controlled Congress that forbids it. But at least we can help elect that Congress and, if he ignores their wishes, make the point even more explicit to the unconvinced that we are no longer living in anything remotely resembling a working democracy.
* everyone is pointing to this article in the Wapo called "Ties to GOP Trumped Know-How Among Staff Sent to Rebuild Iraq" about how people like simone ledeen, and only people like simone ledeen, ended up dominating the CPA and fucking up iraq. for some reason the headline on the frontpage of wapo is "U.S. Missteps in the Green Zone." atrios: " impeach them all... impeach them all now..."
* everyone is making fun of krauthammer's "Then there is the larger danger of permitting nuclear weapons to be acquired by religious fanatics seized with an eschatological belief in the imminent apocalypse and in their own divine duty to hasten the End of Days."
tristero for example.
* Ron continues his devastating work on armitage with this terrific post: " Armitage Hearts Musharraf"
* jeralyn picked up strobel's iran reporting and adds:
"Larisa at Raw Story has been writing similar reports for a long time."* a commenter at EW's:
"Good morning readers of The Next Hurrahgrain of salt - but it sure does feel like something is going on. what will the headline be next month? 'Leopold Vindicated' or 'Leopold, Laughing Stock'?
This is my first time commenting here. I feel it necessary to do so today. There will be a new wrinkle in this investigation soon, however, I cannot say whether it will help or hurt. I can tell all of you unequivocally that Jason Leopold, the reporter, has obtained raw copies of Grand Jury testimony that will likely see him having reported accurately on Karl Rove's truly being indicted and the after-the-indictment deal hammered out between the prosecution and Mr. Rove's attorney. I believe the letter to Mr. Luskin Mr. Leopold obtained will confirm that. But more importantly, in my opinion, the grand jury testimony that Mr. Leopold has--and may I add that whoever provided it to him did so illegally--has some very, very interesting information about VP Cheney and a certain individual at the CIA who used to work for John Bolton. If Leopold prints this story and provides copies of the testimony it will add yet another layer to this drama.
I speak about this based on second hand information. I know Mr. Leopold has been in Washington the past two weeks authenticating documents. Perhaps Mr. Leopold does not realize that the Beltway rivals Los Angeles as the gossip mecca of the US. Some of the attorneys and US Congressman he has been speaking with have thus shared his information with others.
I have not seen any of the materials first hand, but if what one of my Democratic aides to a particular Midwest congressman says is true all hell is about to break loose.
I will state it again. I have had zero communication with Mr. Leopold and I have never met or spoken with him before. But if anyone here lives in DC or works in DC they would know it's an open secret that Leopold has some sort of documents."