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Monday, October 31, 2005

Politics About DC Desk Jockeys

Leave it to Christopher Hitchens to boil the Blame, I mean Plame, matter down to its essentials:

Mr. Fitzgerald, therefore, seems to have decided to act "as if." He conducts himself as if Ms. Plame's identity was not widely known, as if she were working under "non official cover" (NOC), as if national security had been compromised, and as if one or even two catch-all laws had been broken. By this merely hypothetical standard, he has performed exceedingly well, even if rather long-windedly, before pulling up his essentially empty net.

The letter of the law is to stop anyone from "outing" a spy. Plame is as much a spy and I am. She is a desk jockey just like thousands others who walk into the CIA HQ uncognito.

Hitchens finds this so ironic of the Left:

The outrage of the left at any infringement of CIA prerogatives is only the least of the ironies in the indictment of Lewis Libby for discussing matters the disclosure of which, in and of itself, appears to have violated no known law.

On that note, who is one of the heroes of the Left from the 60s? Daniel Ellsberg, who provided the media the Pentagon papers. When the left assumes power someday in Washington, will they so quickly pursue such a prosecution?

While holding strong libertarian views, I am as big a national security guy as you'll find. Confusing as that should be to you (it is to me), I saw this whole affair as a big "whatever". Once my old hippie buddy compared it to Watergate, I knew the public would see it as a big over-blown (again) snooze-fest. I did not know Libby before this controversy and wish him well. But the big fish have swum away.

This political games will likely have no discernible effect per Mark Steyn who writes:

It's quite possible that the electorate will have a throw-the-bums-out attitude to the Republicans in 12 months' time, but I'd say it's almost completely unfeasible that they'll be in a mood to throw the Dems in.

There are not a lot of competitive congressional districts, and those that are are mostly in Democrat blue states that, if not yet red, are turning distinctly purple. The Dems' big immoveable obstacle remains their inability to articulate a set of ideas that connects with the electorate. James Carville and Stanley Greenberg are said to be working on a Democrat version of Newt's Contract with America, but Greenberg's a pollster and Carville's an attack dog. Whatever their charms, these aren't the ideas guys.

This controversey has moved the Move-Ons but the electorate is with me. Whatever. The bigger question is why VH-1 moved Bonaduce to 11:00 (from 10:00) on Sunday.

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