A Continued Embarrassment Thanks to His Amateurish Performance

April 25, 2007

That would be David Broder, who fatuously compares Alberto Gonzales and Harry Reid in his Thursday column. Gonzales, you might recall, is embroiled in a scandal over politicizing the Justice Department, gave an awful performance testifying before Congress last week, and has faced widespread calls for his resignation. Reid, on the other hand, has said some things about Iraq that Broder disagrees with. As you can see, they are so similar — not.

Broder has stiff competition for the title of worst op-ed in the Thursday Washington Post from Joe Lieberman, who submits his quarterly “do what I say about Iraq” column (here is the previous one). I especially enjoyed Lieberman’s statement that Al Qaeda’s “aim in Iraq isn’t to get a seat at the political table; it wants to blow up the table.” Blow up the table!

Lieberman’s response to recent violence in Iraq is like a Rorschach test result:

The current wave of suicide bombings in Iraq is also aimed at us here in the United States — to obscure the recent gains we have made and to convince the American public that our efforts in Iraq are futile and that we should retreat.

Rather than seeing the bombings as obscuring recent gains, I see them as evidence that we have made no gains in Iraq. I define gains as an absence of the horrific violence that Iraq continues to experience every day. Lieberman’s willful exercise of reverse psychology is astounding.

The illogical senator continues:

When politicians here declare that Iraq is “lost” in reaction to al-Qaeda’s terrorist attacks and demand timetables for withdrawal, they are doing exactly what al-Qaeda hopes they will do, although I know that is not their intent.

How, pray tell, does Lieberman know this? Isn’t it plausible that Al Qaeda hopes that the US military remains stretched thin with the commitment in Iraq and unable to pursue terrorists elsewhere? Where does Lieberman get this omniscent knowledge of the enemy mindset?


Specter Mocks Gonzales Preparation

April 19, 2007

A recounting by Ana Marie Cox:

Specter makes a snarky remark about how, “I know you’ve prepared thoroughly for this hearing.”

AG [snippily, interrupting]: “I prepare for every hearing.”

Specter [huffing, shouting a bit]: “Do you prepare for press conferences?

AG [primly]: “I always try to be prepared.”

Specter: “Were you prepared for the press conference where you said you were never present for any deliberations?”

And… scene.

See hearing coverage at Firedoglake and TPMMuckraker.

Monica Goodling Wishes You a “Wonderful, Wonderful Day”

April 9, 2007

One of the things I posted to the sidebar Del.icio.us feed over the weekend was Monica Goodling’s personal web page (an archived version) from the Regent University site, which I found via a link in Dahlia Lithwick’s weekend Slate column.


Hi. My name is Monica Goodling,
and I’m a student at Regent University,
in Virginia Beach.
If I only had two seconds to tell you why I’m here,
I’d have to say this: I want to leave the world a better place than I found it. Tough assignment, but, worth a try.
Take a look around and see what’s up.
Send me an e-mail if you want… I love to get mail.

And smile,
the world can be a good place or a bad place,
depending on which way you look at it.
But it’s a lot better when you’re smiling.

Thanks for visiting, and have a wonderful, wonderful day.

Looks like somewhere along the line, Goodling became less keen on communication.

Friday Night Document Dump

March 24, 2007

The big news coming out Friday night in the US Attorney scandal is that newly released emails show Alberto Gonzales was a lot more closely involved in removing them than he had previously admitted. Josh Marshall sarcastically notes that the release of “new and very daming emails” coming after the previous document dump was “of course, just an oversight” and he quotes the NYT:

Department officials said there had not been an intentional effort to delay the release of the new material. Instead, they said, the e-mail messages were overlooked in past searches of office files and computers.

And, not so coincidentally, the damaging information was finally released late on a Friday evening, perfectly timed to get the story the least public attention possible.  This practice of the Bush administration has been repeated over and over for the last six years, and I would be interested to see a full study of this tactic if one exists somewhere.


March 20, 2007

Good times.


Gonzales Starts Using the Active Voice

March 14, 2007

Perhaps realizing that “mistakes were made” is Watergate-speak and makes him sound guilty as hell, the Attorney General Wednesday morning changed his line to “I did make some mistakes.” Good call.

Shorter Alberto Gonzales

March 14, 2007

Dana Milbank points out that the attorney general contradicted himself four times in his nine-minute press conference Tuesday:

“Mistakes were made,” he said in fluent scandalese, but “I think it was the right decision.”

“I am responsible for what happens at the Department of Justice,” he posited, but “I . . . was not involved in any discussions about what was going on.”

“Kyle Sampson” — Gonzales’s chief of staff — “has resigned,” he said, but “he is still at the department.”

And, finally, “I believe in the independence of our U.S. attorneys,” Gonzales maintained, but “all political appointees can be removed . . . for any reason.”

Elsewhere in Wednesday’s Washington Post, Ruth Marcus calls for Gonzales to resign. It’s looking increasingly likely that that will be happening shortly (maybe Friday afternoon?).