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  •  I never understood the Plame failure (5+ / 0-)
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    and I found Fitzgerald's explanation of "sand" in the umpire's face extremely unsatisfactory. What was he even saying with that statement? Someone obscured the facts so effectively he couldn't uncover them?

    Plame had the potential to go exponential if he cared enough to examine the root system of Scooter Libby's aspens. I sort of thought the abyss he was looking at was so deep and broad that he said "Holy Shit!" and threw the sand in his own face.

    “Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.” FDR

    by Phoebe Loosinhouse on Sun Mar 02, 2014 at 08:22:32 AM PST

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    •  I.e. "above my pay grade" (2+ / 0-)
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      But then what pay grade is that? I'm guessing that he saw the lack of strong bipartisan support from enough key players as a sign that it would not end well for him or the case if he pushed further. I know that this site frowns upon CTs so I won't go there except to remind all of what an evil and amoral man Cheney was (and still is) who clearly engineered a war on lies (and of course outed a top spy and her network that ironically actually WAS protecting us from mideast WMD), so I've zero doubt that he'd be more than able and willing to translate his particular kind of evil to a somewhat smaller stage.

      I think what's going on here is the sense among all the players, even the good ones, that a serrated knife has been stuck so deep in the US political and economic system that to take it out would be catastrophic. The corruption has become a core feature, not a bug or ancillary feature, and it's going to take a much larger and more sophisticated effort to fix things.

      But even if so, you know what? It's going to be painful and take out a lot of people no matter how carefully we do it. So let's just do it and be done with it!

      "Reagan's dead, and he was a lousy president" -- Keith Olbermann 4/22/09

      by kovie on Sun Mar 02, 2014 at 08:45:46 AM PST

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      •  I think we are entering our own (4+ / 0-)

        Mani Pulite era where the corruption is becoming so disabling and so corrosive to society in general that it will have to addressed, probably only after the next financial meltdown.

        The Italians had to get to the point to where they had half built train stations and highways and the ability to support the graft overcame the pockets of the people.

        New Jersey is a microcosm for the kind of corruption we face as an entire country that paralyzes and diminishes us and intrudes on our daily lives. Why should the people of New Jersey pay higher tolls when it is going to funding cronyism?

        “Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.” FDR

        by Phoebe Loosinhouse on Sun Mar 02, 2014 at 08:59:29 AM PST

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