Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Throw Fredo From The Train

....or in this case, under the bus. NYT:
The two Republicans, who spoke anonymously so they could share private conversations with senior White House officials, said top aides to Mr. Bush, including Fred F. Fielding, the new White House counsel, were concerned that the controversy had so damaged Mr. Gonzales’s credibility that he would be unable to advance the White House agenda on national security matters, including terrorism prosecutions.

"I really think there’s a serious estrangement between the White House and Alberto now," one of the Republicans said.
As this mess metastasizes, that sound you hear is shovels furiously digging firebreaks around the White House -- which must be protected at all costs. From political allies whispering dutifully on background about "estrangement," to talking point-toting bloggers (here and here) who mentioned this scandal for the first time yesterday by slamming Gonzales, the job now is to put a thousand miles of hard road between Gonzales (and whatever Administration official gets caught up in this next) and the President.


Blogger mrs panstreppon said...

Goldberg: "It's also worth noting that Sampson is, I believe, the last or near-last holdover from the Ashcroft years."

Now I know this scandal is a really big deal for sure. Goldberg is pretending he doesn't know Samspon was deputy WH counsel from 2001 to 2003 under Gonzales.

I'm sure Golberg is reading Talking Points Memo and the TPM Muckraker like everyone else is.

3/14/2007 11:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In this administration loyality is big, but is a one-way deal. You be loyal to Bush, but don't count on it coming back if the heat gets too hot. Harriet Miers will be the first scapegoat, but Gonzo will follow if necessary. Go Josh Go.... help drag the MSM into this story, by shame if nothing else.


3/14/2007 11:19 AM  
Anonymous Gus said...

I've been saying that he's going nowhere, but I saw a headline that quoted him as saying he's staying, so I expect the hammer to fall momentarily.

3/14/2007 3:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Go Josh Go.... help drag the MSM into this story, by shame if nothing else.

I think this story finally buries the corporate media conceit that they do "news", while bloggers only comment. When Marshall first started talking about this story, the usual six-figure "journalists" wouldn't even deign to pick up a fucking phone to make some calls. I think it'll be a happy day for the republic when outfits like the Time-Warner Corp. (or whatever it is these days) quit pretending they're interested in informing anybody, and stick to tabloids and gossip rags.
-- sglover

3/14/2007 5:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd bet a dollar to a donut the next one will be worse.

3/14/2007 7:43 PM  
Blogger Rueful said...

I doubt this story is going to stop at Kyle Sampson, who I understand is a very careful guy.

Whatever could Rich Lowry mean?

3/14/2007 9:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The wagons are circling, aren't they?

3/15/2007 7:51 AM  
Blogger Kevin said...

If you haven't learned it yet...let me tell you so you don't get confused.

NOTHING comes out of the White House that they don't want to come out.

They plan everything. They control the entire message.

There are no 'rogue' administration officials. They are sent out to deliver the word and roll the plan forward.

Who do you think Dan Rather got the memo from? He got it from a White House operative. He went with it and then that same White House discredited it in minutes. No better way to put a story (and a reporter) to rest.

Yes, they are that smart because WE are so stupid.

3/15/2007 12:49 PM  
Anonymous Mr. Hedley Bowes said...

There's smart, and then there's pathological. The problem with pathos is that it doesn't know when to quit, evidenced by this ongoing behavior even when faced with a Congress that is more likely to exercise oversight.

I believe Nixon had similar issues. That this administration makes Nixon look positively statesmanlike speaks volumes about the level of contempt held toward law and the commonwealth by the current White House.

At some point enough is going to be enough. None too soon, either. If only for the sake of the economy, we need to excise this bunch and get new leadership in power to deal with the very large issues facing our country.

3/15/2007 1:20 PM  
Blogger Spider63 said...

Watch the rats as they eat their own.

3/15/2007 2:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since when has this administration and the GOP ever been concerned with ethics, laws or the constitution?

Or morality.

This is only for other stupid americans who are somehow under the illusion that a "christian" believes in that sort of stuff.

Same goes for "support our troops".
I am sure that nothing could be further from their minds.

If you really believe that you would not have the walter reed scandal, and supply scandal, etc ad nosum.

Well we were a great nation before Bush, but no longer. Just a bully boy that is broke and thinks he can still have the world believe its lies.

3/15/2007 6:53 PM  
Anonymous Mr. Hedley Bowes said...

Seriously. It's time for an overhaul.

3/16/2007 1:20 AM  

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