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Stonewall Scotty Spills the Beans

By now you've probably heard about the latest strapped for cash 'loyal Bushie' to give up some juicy details about the inner workings of the Bush White House. Perhaps the most surprising thing was who was doing the revealing: Scotty McClellan.

Scotty had a tough time as Bush's Press Secretary. The halcyon days of the post-Mission Accomplished fervor were beginning to fade and we were just starting to understand that we had been lied into a war. How he parried with the press corp regarding the CIA leak investigation was one of Scotty's most notable instances at obfuscation. While his favorite reply to any question about the case was "We won't comment on an ongoing investigation", he did offer up that both Karl Rove and Scooter Libby personally assured him that they were not involved in the leaking of Valerie Plame Wilson's identity. It was plainly false of course but turns out it went even further. Scotty, playing the fool, says Turdblossom and Scooter weren't the only ones involved.
The most powerful leader in the world had called upon me to speak on his behalf and help restore credibility he lost amid the failure to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. So I stood at the White house briefing room podium in front of the glare of the klieg lights for the better part of two weeks and publicly exonerated two of the senior-most aides in the White House: Karl Rove and Scooter Libby.

"There was one problem. It was not true.

"I had unknowingly passed along false information. And five of the highest ranking officials in the administration "were involved in my doing so: Rove, Libby, the vice President, the President's chief of staff, and the president himself."

I know it's probably an exercise in wishful thinking but mightn't this revelation that the President of the United States was personally involved in the obstruction of justice warrant an inquest? Should we not be at least contemplating another round of Fitzmas?

Maybe if Scotty had mentioned something about interns and extramarital affairs, more than just those who value the rule of law would care.

More from Meme. See also Chris Dodd and Larry Johnson.

Update: The King of Obfuscation strikes again.

(Filed at State of the Day)

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