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  •  Kinda makes you wonder who dropped the dime.... (7+ / 0-)

    doesn't it? Brian Ross (ABC) says it was a Republican, but he can't divulge his sources, of course. Some speculate it was a Repub who was disgusted by what Foley did.

    I suspect it may be someone who was delighted with finding out about it. Ask yourself, what happened to the NSA wiretapping? What happened to habeas corpus? Iraq? Iran? Anyone hear about any of those lately? Why not throw a congressman from Florida under the bus? You know how the press loves a sex scandal.

    Karl Rove certainly does. And the depth of the scandal might be inadvertent or intentional -- probably doesn't matter much to him. After all, they were going to lose control of the House anyway. At least now, it is clearly the fault of those ethically challenged representatives, not the idiot lame duck president and his Iraq quagmire.

    I will never forget hearing Rove boast about Shrub's election to governor of Texas. They were losing, so Karl bugged his own office, then called in the police and TV crews and blamed the Dems. And they fell for it. And when he talked about it on national television, everyone just laughed like it was a college frat prank.

    Certainly throwing Foley under the bus to distract attention is well within his playbook. And Hastert, too. After all, if Repubs don't control the House, he's a nobody, anyway. Throw as many bodies on the fire as it takes to ensure they will be so tied up in investigating themselves they won't have time to consider impeaching Shrub if the Dems to take over.

    What is morally wrong can never be advantageous, even when it enables you to make some gain...Cicero

    by carolita on Tue Oct 03, 2006 at 07:48:46 PM PDT

    •  I agree! (2+ / 0-)
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      And they will be distracted from recognizing that the Bush administration ignored information that might have saved the lives of 3000 people on 9/11 and 10s of thousands in the Iraq war...

      by liberallibertarian on Tue Oct 03, 2006 at 07:53:56 PM PDT

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    •  As I've posted three times before (2+ / 0-)
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      on various threads, there is documented reason to suppose that it's career prosecutors and FBI agents, made aware of this crap months if not years ago, who decided enough is enough: and leaked it to ABC.

      •  I'm sorry, I haven't seen your posts (0+ / 0-)

        The only reference I've seen to this is a quote from Wayne Madsen. And given his propensity for making things up out of thin air, I don't put much stock in that. Do you have other sources for this?

        What is morally wrong can never be advantageous, even when it enables you to make some gain...Cicero

        by carolita on Wed Oct 04, 2006 at 08:34:32 AM PDT

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    •  Wasn't the Bush election (2+ / 0-)
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      It was an even earlier election. Which means that Rove was already tainted by the time he hooked up with Bush.

      In 1991, Rove was undergoing state Senate confirmation hearings for an appointment to the East Texas State University board of regents. Sen. Bob Glasgow was questioning Rove about his work for Gov. Bill Clements in the 1986 campaign against Gov. Mark White.

      A now-forgotten incident of that campaign involved a listening device allegedly found in Rove’s office by a private security firm a few days before a televised debate. The case made headlines around the state. It was investigated by Rampton, who never found the alleged perpetrator.

      Glasgow: “Ah, Mr. Rove, would you now tell us publicly who bugged your office that you blamed upon Mark White publicly and the press statewide?”

      Rove: “Ah, first of all, I did not blame it on Mark White. If, ah, if you’ll recall I specifically said at the time that we disclosed the bugging that we did not know who did it, but we knew who might benefit from it. And no, I do not know. ...”

      Glasgow: “And are you now satisfied that Mark White and the Democratic Party did not bug your office as you—as you released, ah, to the newspapers?”

      Rove: “Senator, I never said Mark White bugged my office, I’m not certain he has an electronic background. I never said the Democratic Party bugged it either. ... As to who bugged it, Senator, I do not know—and the FBI does not know. ...”

      Molly Ivins link

      •  Wow, that's really interesting (0+ / 0-)

        I love Molly Ivins and I'm sure she is correct. However, this is not what I heard. If I can find a transcript, I'll post it. But this was an interview with Karl Rove and Rove actually told the story. It was one of the first interviews I had seen him do. Maybe he is out making his own urban legends.

        I read a post by Glenn Greenwald about how the Dems seem to think Rove is such a genius that he is always ahead of them and it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. Maybe this is how he pulls that off. After all, if he actually did it, it would be a crime (false police report). But if he just says he did (Rove lie? Shocking!) he reinforces that "I'm craftier than anyone else" meme.

        Now I have to go find the interview I saw. I want to know if this is what is happening. Thanks for the heads up.

        What is morally wrong can never be advantageous, even when it enables you to make some gain...Cicero

        by carolita on Wed Oct 04, 2006 at 08:08:26 AM PDT

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