There's been a lively discussion about labels recently--particularly as more true conservatives attempt to create a position from which to oppose Bush without ceding their identity as conservatives. It's a discussion I've been thinking a lot about, not least because I'm dabbling with an argument that we need to think of the "Conservative Movement" as a more cohesive, intentional whole.
I've been promising for a few days now that I was going to do a post on Anne Armstrong, whom I've dubbed the grande dame of Republican scandal. I'll get there, I'll get there. But first let me talk about why I think it's important.
By now, I think all reasonable people agree there are a number of curious discrepancies in the Deadeye Dick shooting story.
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I'm working on a much more comprehensive post about the grande dame of Republican scandal, Anne Armstrong. But in the meantime, I see that most of the people who do play by play on this kind of thing are fighting the cruel Blogger gods. And I didn't want the testiness of said grande dame and her daughter, grande-dame-in-training Katharine Armstrong, to escape notice.
You see, it appears the Adjunct Vice Presidential Press
As part of Dick Cheney's attempt to regain the love of his adoring Fox viewer supporters the other day, he threw in a tidbit completely unrelated to the accidental shooting of his friend.
Q Let me ask you another question. Is it your view that a VicePresident has the authority to declassify information?
THE VICE PRESIDENT:
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One of the most fascinating things about Dick's little hunting accident is that it exposes Dick violating the rules--rules that few are going to argue are partisan. When Dick and Libby broke the law to out Valerie Plame, wingnuts proclaimed they were just exposing an unfair partisan attack. When Dick and Bush broke the law to eavesdrop on American citizens, most Republicans excused it by saying Democratic complaints about the law-breaking
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I wrote a long comment in Kagro X's latest impeachment post arguing that we need to demonstrate the systematic, ongoing corruption of the Republican party. Until we can show how often the Republicans have brought back discredited flunkies to pick up their corrupt plans where they left off, it will be difficult to show the importance of impeachment--the one recourse citizens have to ensure that these flunkies never return again.
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Yesterday and today, we've gotten more news that Libby's defense team is requesting all manner of stuff. ReddHedd explains that this is normal operating procedure, not to read too much into it. And while I'll cede to RH's expert judgment on legal issues, I wonder whether there isn't something more going on.
After all, this is only nominally the "Libby Defense Team." In reality, Libby's team of lawyers is attempting to ensure
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Am I the only one who is disturbed that our government has disappeared all the Al Qaeda leadership rather than dealing with them transparently?
I just finished James Risen's new book in which Abu Zubaydah features prominently. First there's the anecdote where, a few days after Abu Zubaydah's capture and transfer to Thailand, Bush asked Tenet what kind of intelligence they had gotten from Zubaydah.
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Mark Schmitt has an important post up about Republican cuts in child support enforcement in the Budget bill. I agree with him that cutting enforcement funds for child support is about the most churlish short-sighted thing you can do.
And it worked. In 2004, 51% of child support was paid. From 18% to51% is a huge transformation.
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