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End of the Week Wrap-Up
Karl Rove and All That
Friday, July 15, the New York Times (here) and the Washington Post (here) both run stories suggesting that Karl Rove only knew about Valerie Plame because a reporter had told him about her. By the end of the day it may be two reporters, the other perhaps Judith Miller. If true then Rove is guilty only of passing along information from one reporter to another, and calls for Rove's resignation were premature.
Or not. There's a ton of commentary all over.
One of the best is from Tim Noah at SLATE.COM in his Rove Death Watch series, where he agues this really doesn't help Rove a whole lot:
Ah, it all makes one's head hurt. Best to wait.
Ending the Social Security Program
One can see here that chairmen Grassley of the Senate Finance Committee and Thomas of the House Ways and Means Committee have decided to postpone consideration of Social Security "reform" until September. It really is hard to see how a proposal with private accounts can be salvaged in this session "if the responsible committees punt until after the summer."
So much for that.
Sorry About the Racist Stuff
RNC Chief to Say It Was 'Wrong' to Exploit Racial Conflict for Votes
Mike Allen, The Washington Post Thursday, July 14, 2005; Page A04
They send in a lieutenant to apologize for Republicans being an all-white party -
Yeah, well, okay. Note this from CNN in January of 2000 -
Bill Montgomery has the quotes nicely formatted facing each other here.
Bruce Reed's comment here - and he was President Clinton's domestic policy adviser and is president of the Democratic Leadership Council ? putting things in perspective:
And he goes on.
On the other side, Rush Limbaugh, who always refers to the NAACP as the "NAALCP," which he explains stands for the "National Association for the Advancement of Liberal Colored People," says this:
No apologies to the uppity darkies? Guess not. And perhaps one can conclude something from his anal rape imagery, but why belabor the obvious?
Limbaugh must understand his party just wants to get more votes. He's more interested in purity. And he knows Mehlman didn't get the interoffice memo - see this in these pages from June 19: 'Never apologize, son. It's a sign of weakness.'
Boston - Center of Evil
Perhaps you noted this item in the news:
A groups that calls itself the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests shoots back
-Senator Kennedy from Massachusetts adds this:
Yeah, so they are, but what is one to make of this? Rick Santorum's Communications Director confirms to PageOne he is gay, stands behind Senator - and the guy is black too.
Santorum is far behind in the polls. He may not be reelected. The natives are restless and he really is a little creepy:
Passing around the baby's corpse to his other children? Bet they don't to THAT in Boston.
Santorum is from Penn Hills, just north of Pittsburgh, just a few miles from where I grew up (Penn Hills was one of our big rivals in football). I left the area forty years ago when I left for college. The big high school reunion is coming up. I think I'll stay here in Hollywood, where things are normal.