Saturday, April 08, 2006

Another Embarrassment

Kinda looks like this whole Bush leak thing is turning into another Democrat embarrassment to me. I just read this over on Newsmax:

CNN initially reported on Thursday that newly released court documents covering Scooter Libby's testimony showed that President Bush personally authorized the leak of CIA employee Valerie Plame's name to the press.

Here's how CNN broke their bogus bombshell:

CNN's JIM CLANCY: "A major story breaking now out of Washington right now. According to court papers that were filed by prosecutors, I. Lewis Libby, Scooter Libby, who was a key man in the office of Vice President Dick Cheney, has alleged that U.S. President George W. Bush was the man who authorized the leaking of the name of a CIA operative and the wife of a former ambassador.
"Now - that former CIA operator, Valerie Plame, was unmasked to journalists."

Well, CNN had to eat a little crow:

In fact, the so-called leak authorized by Bush had nothing to do with Plame - but instead covered Iraq war intelligence that was mostly already in the public domain.

CNN eventually realized its error and issued an on-air correction, forcing liberals coast-to-coast to cancel their planned impeachment parties.

I think the press and the news shows knew exactly what they were doing. They got the headlines out there and implanted in peoples' minds...and the folks who don't really pay much attention will remember that, and not the corrections. However, those of us who are on top of things, and that pertains to more and more people, I think, we know what's happening with the anti-war, anti-Bush, anti-American Left and their willing accomplices in the mainstream media.

When I first saw the headline, I thought, "Oh crap, what's this??" However, rather than jump to conclusions I just waited for the truth to come out, and come out it has. I think when it all fleshes out, it again will be the Left with egg on its face for trying so hard to bring down a President they hate. One thing about it, they got Cynthia McKinney out of the headlines. That's okay with me...her hairdo notwithstanding, she's a lot uglier on the inside than she is on the outside and I'm really not interested any anything she has to say...unless it's "I resign."

Btw...take care, Jim! Hope you feel better soon.

JASmius adds: Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated. I just haven't been enjoying living quite as much. I tried to yesterday, though, curling up with the proverbial good book - Articles of the Federation - which chronicles the first year of the Bacco Administration following the forced resignation of its predecessor. Yes, it's "Star Trek meets the West Wing," and if Nan Bacco isn't meant to symbolize Hillary Clinton (and Min Zife George Bush), I'll buy and use her blowup doll, but it's Trek from what is, to me, a hopelessly irresistable angle. Besides, if Scott McClellen could be half as caustic to the press corps at the Palais de la Concorde as Kant Jorel, the Bush Administration would be in far better shape these days.

Speaking of "Oh, crap, what's this???" look who's trying to save the Bushophobes from their latest embarrassment:

President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney should speak publicly about their involvement in the CIA leak case so people can understand what happened, a leading Republican senator said Sunday.

"We ought to get to the bottom of it so it can be evaluated by the American people," said Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

I'd ask whose side Snarlin' Arlen is on, but that would be a rhetorical question if ever there was one. Far better to remind the reprehensible, perfidious Lex Luthor doppelganger that the American people made that evaluation seventeen months ago, and it's part of the reason why he wields the gavel of Senate Judiciary today. And also that party loyalty is not a one-way street.

James Robbins has a great deal of constructive commentary on this topic. Money graf:

It is odd that the President's critics are taking umbrage that this release of declassified material was intended to discredit Wilson. Of course it was. What else could it be? Wilson was defaming the administration by saying that the President was a liar, in particular regarding the claim in the 2003 State of the Union address that Saddam Hussein's regime was seeking to acquire uranium in Africa. Wilson based this charge on the knowledge he had acquired during his February 2002 mission to Niger. He considered his information dispositive, and went public in July
. So the Administration chose to fight back with the facts. They really had no other choice.

Actually, the umbrage-taking isn't "odd" at all. In the Bushophobic mind, the President shouldn't get to fight back; he should be required to sit there and be called a liar and a Nazi and a fascist and a warmonger and a dolt and a mass-murderer and a crook and subhuman and be threatened with assassination and whatever else gooses the whimsy of these dime-store Trotskyites, and have to take it; he should be impeached and removed from office and prosecuted as a "war criminal" and executed. It's what Bush's enemies want, and being denied what they want is against the law as far as they are concerned, democracy and due process and Constitutional liberties and protections and what the law actually says be damned.

The Administration's ultimate "crime" in this whole affair is that instead of serving as a willing PR punching bag 100% of the time, they only served as a willing PR punching bag 95% of the time instead, with the other five percent being embarrassingly ineffective.

It harkens back to the insight I posted about liberalism way back in the early Clinton era: since left-wingers can't understand how there can even be political opposition to them and their ideas, they don't believe that such opposition is or can ever be legitimate, and therefore should not be allowed at all. And that it still is, and continues to deny them the power they crave, has driven them collectively insane.

And, perhaps, beyond the capability of "moving on."

UPDATE: Gateway Pundit has similar thoughts....