NYT: If lawmakers remain in Baghdad, said one senior American official who did not want to be identified because he was discussing internal White House deliberations, "we'll have some outputs then." He added, "That's different from having outcomes," drawing a distinction between a sign of activity and a sign of success, which could take considerably longer. --Michael Crowley
Today's NYTimes has some details from Tenet's forthcoming memoir and, combined with the quotes from the CIA director's upcoming "60 Minutes" appearance, it's clear that, while Tenet has all sorts of ill will toward Cheney and Rice and Hadley, he isn't all that pissed at the President. Which boggles the mind--especially when it comes to the "slam dunk" revelation. The "slam dunk" quote--which Tenet made in a December 2002 Oval Office meeting attended by Bush, Cheney, Rice, Andy Card, and Tenet's deputy, John McLaughlin--first came to light in Bob Woodward's Plan of Attack.
Today's WaPo story on the McCain campaign's (re)launch notes that while the candidate sucked up to Jerry Falwell, he stiffed Pat Robertson. If only other GOP presidential candidates were, as the Post put it, so "half-hearted" in their efforts to court two of the most objectionable figures on the right. From the New York Observer's article on the White House Correspondents dinner: Sometime between the pan-roasted filet of salmon and Rich Little's dusty impressions, Presidential candidate Mitt Romney strode over to Pat Robertson's table. "He's going to have to do what John F.
Uh-oh. Time for Karl Rove to start sweating again? [T]he Office of Special Counsel is preparing to jump into one of the most sensitive and potentially explosive issues in Washington, launching a broad investigation into key elements of the White House political operations that for more than six years have been headed by chief strategist Karl Rove. The new investigation, which will examine the firing of at least one U.S.
This graf in Byron York's account of the Laurie David/Sheryl Crow/Karl Rove dustup this weekend caught my eye: In the eyewitness' version, again, David and Crow are a bit more aggressive than their own story suggests. The eyewitness says David told Rove, You need to bring in new people to tell you the truth. Rove mentioned Dr. John Marburger, the White House science advisor. At that point, according to the eyewitness, Crow began poking Rove's chest with her finger, demanding to know what corporations were underwriting Marburger's work.
Let's say you want to criticize Nancy Pelosi from the left. That's right, the left--call her cohorts a bunch of squishy moderates; implore them not to be so damn timid. Where would you start? Iraq? Some antiwar types have attacked the Democrats for refusing to grow a pair and end the fiasco once and for all. But that's a tad unfair--congressional Dems are doing just about everything they can to wind down the war. What about impeachment? Pelosi has taken that off the table.
Yes, one reason there is deep brooding in the body politic about Hillary is whether this would be a third term for Bill. I know some people love him, love him to death. I am not one them, one of very many. Some people who do love him--even to death--don't want him as president. Yet, as the Associated Press reported, Mrs. Clinton "said Saturday that if she is elected President, she would make her husband a roving ambassador to the world." Now, that would keep him out of the White House. But maybe she wouldn't like that at all. If you were in her position, would you?
While honing my MSM conventional-wisdom talking points at the unholy White House correspondentss dinner last night, I spotted the head of the six-foot-four would-be GOP candidate looming over the crowd and just for kicks I accosted him: "Senator, I have three words for you," I said. "Tallest man wins."* "I hope so!" he replied. I declare it a confirmation. [* OK not always--but usually!] --Michael Crowley
As far as policies to reduce greenhouse emissions go, most economists argue that a straight-up carbon tax would work more effectively than a cap-and-trade regime, like the one Europe's struggling with. But politicians generally avoid even talking about carbon taxes--all of the big climate bills in the Senate involve cap-and-trade--for fear of being branded a puppy-hating socialist and all that. So it's a semi-big deal that Chris Dodd decided to break the taboo and propose a "Corporate Carbon Tax" in his big energy speech the other day.