Friday, October 28, 2005

“If I Only Had A Brain”

Brace yourself for the usual Republican talking points, fraught with irrelevancies and strawman arguments:

  • Joe Wilson lied to the Senate Intelligence Committee. Oh really? That’s a federal crime. Why hasn’t he been indicted for that?
  • This isn’t a presidential scandal; it’s only about the Vice President’s chief of staff. Yes, and he was integral to the day-to-day operation of the White House and the planning of the war in Iraq. You’re really going to trot out the old I-really-didn’t-know-him line?
  • Libby was indicted on a technicality, not for leaking the name of Valerie Plame. That was the real crime; it’s not worth going all ballistic over it. Yeah, tell that to Bill Clinton and Richard Nixon. (Historical note: Al Capone went to prison for income tax evasion.) Better yet, here’s what Mr. Fitzgerald had to say on that very point via AMERICAblog:

    Fitzgerald was asked about a GOP talking point that the crimes charged are technicalities. He hit it out of the park: “That talking point won’t fly.” He said described just how serious the charges are against the Chief of Staff to the Vice President of the United States and noted this is a “very, very serious matter.”

  • Patrick Fitzgerald is a partisan hack. Oh, puh-leeze.
  • There’s an interesting irony in the fact that the most famous straw man of all time, Ray Bolger, did a nice little dance to a song that Mr. Bush may be whistling himself: “If I Only Had A Brain…”