Bedtime for Gonzo

Sununu becomes first Republican lawmaker to call for AG’s resignation. I doubt he’ll be the last. (Man, I bet Hagel is pissed.)

UPDATE: An editorial note, for editors: The AG scandal reminds us of just how pernicious the passive voice can be. “Mistakes were made,” “There were mistakes,” etc.: Without an actor, there can be no accountability.

Yelling at Firefighters in a Crowded Room

The International Association of Fire Fighters held their presidential forum today, one of those cattle calls/panderthons that MSNBC usually builds a whole day of programming around. The newsiest thing to come out of it happened last week, when it got out that the IAFF had disinvited/invited Giuliani, who didn’t want to come anyway. …

In the Arena In the Arena

Oh Please!

You just knew that something embarrassing was going to come out of the AIPAC meeting in Washington–aside, of course, from the warm reception accorded Dick Cheney–and here it is. Obama is absolutely right: Palestinians are suffering more than Israelis. Anyone who denies this simple fact, or reads some ulterior motive into Obama’s …

In the Arena In the Arena

Grating Generations

This is a terrific piece of reporting from Spencer Ackerman, now in Baghdad. Ackerman’s interview with General Saleh–the ranking Iraqi soldier in Baghdad–is startling, but not entirely surprising. In fact, I think Saleh’s frustration with the generation that came of age during the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s may be similar to the …

Re: A Texas Affair?

To follow up on Jay’s Dan Bartlett post: MSNBC kept talking over Bartlett (and I couldn’t find the presser on CSPAN), so I really only got the gist of it but it sounded like the admin was taking the “they’re political appointees, we can do what we want with them” line (From what I can tell, this is not necessarily a standard …

In the Arena In the Arena

Obama’s Great Luck

Al Sharpton has now done a Sister Souljah on himself, relieving Obama of the necessity of saying that he finds Sharpton a race-hustling phony. Sharpton, obviously aggrieved by Obama’s good press, says

“Why shouldn’t the black community ask questions? Are we now being told, ‘You all just shut up?'”

No, just you, Al.

Gonzales Presser

I confess that when he started, I believed he was going to announce his resignation — solely based on how choked up he sounded. I guess he just cries easily.

He’s taking responsibility for the firings. Except that he totally didn’t know about it! 100,000 employees! He can’t know everything!

P.S.: Nice post, Jay.

UPDATE: Betting has started.

A Texas Affair?

This came over the wires from the White House not long ago:


Tony Snow is on the LatAm trip, and Bartlett rarely briefs the press. So there’s a very specific reason they’re …

Where Credit Is Due

Twelve days ago, after David Iglesias went public, I said that if there turned out to be a broad conspiracy behind the firing of the U.S. Attorneys, “I will take my hat off to Marshall and others in the blogosphere and congratulate them for having been right in their suspicions about this story from the beginning.”

My hat is off. Josh …

Darth Cheney

18 percent approval. Wow. Just… wow. If he had feelings, I’m sure they’d be hurt by this.

UPDATE: I used to joke that Cheney was so disliked he was actually less popular than torture. I have been making this joke for so long, I actually had forgotten the numbers. (My memory being Libby-like in the first place.) Turns out saying that …

Minding Your Own Peter (Pace)

Peter Pace, the Tim Hardaway of generals:

“I believe homosexual acts between two individuals are immoral and that we should not condone immoral acts,” Pace said in a wide-ranging discussion with Tribune editors and reporters in Chicago. “I do not believe the United States is well served by a policy that says it is OK to be immoral in

“Prepare to Withstand Political Upheaval”

That line in former Justice Department official Kyle Sampson’s December 4, 2006, memo to the White House (where a copy went to then-White House Counsel Harriet Miers) pretty much sums up where things stand on the scandal surrounding the mass firing of U.S. Attorneys. The latest documents released by the Administration show that the White …

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