The Flickering Plame

Wednesday, July 12, 2006
Clarice Feldman writes an excellent analysis of the meaning of Novak's revelations concerning his involvement in the Plame matter.

As this saga continues to unfold it is becoming apparent that it will provide scenes for the upcoming box office blockbuster "Bureaucracies Gone Wild" scheduled for release over the next two years. The film will star the CIA, the DoJ (with the FISA court leading), the DoD (cameo appearance), the FBI and the DoS. The plot involves the active effort to subvert the policies of those elected to govern by the faceless mandarins who have forgotten the original purpose for which their fiefdoms were established. Not much sex and violence (except to the Constitution) but treachery in abundance.


Knucklehead said...

We can only hope!

David Thomson said...

I remain convinced that Patrick Fitzgerald probably paid too much attention to the MSM. The major news media outlets, from the very beginning, kept questioning his courage to take on the Bush administration. Is he merely a flunky of the White House? Is the prosecutor truly a man of integrity? Common sense dictates that Fitzgerald’s investigation should have ended in less than two weeks. However, he would been slimed by the MSM if this had occurred. Fitzgerald subconsciously gave in to the pressure.

Peter UK said...

Make it a musical,call it
"The Traducers"

CF said...

PUK, I am your biggest fan. The Traducers..I like the sound of that.

Knucklehead said...

Jim Miller notes that the WSJ, as early as last year, suggested Rove for The Nation's Truth Teller Award which the apparently presented to Joe Wilson last year.

From the WSJ of a year ago:

Democrats and most of the Beltway press corps are baying for Karl Rove's head over his role in exposing a case of CIA nepotism involving Joe Wilson and his wife, Valerie Plame. On the contrary, we'd say the White House political guru deserves a prize--perhaps the next iteration of the "Truth-Telling" award that The Nation magazine bestowed upon Mr. Wilson before the Senate Intelligence Committee exposed him as a fraud.

For Mr. Rove is turning out to be the real "whistleblower" in this whole sorry pseudo-scandal. He's the one who warned Time's Matthew Cooper and other reporters to be wary of Mr. Wilson's credibility.

Mr. Miller continues on to state the simple fact that we're unlikely to ever hear from the seditionists in the Presse Ancienne

Rove told the truth; Wilson didn't. One would think that journalists, even "mainstream" journalists, would honor the first and despise the second. But they haven't and won't. (And if you see any exceptions to that, let me know, so I can give them credit.)

brylun said...

I wonder if anyone saw the RealClearPolitics column by Dennis Byrne entitled "Save Patrick Fitzgerald" calling for his re-appointment as United States Attorney?

brylun said...

I concur in Rick's description as an "excellent analysis."

Peter UK said...

America was having trouble
What a sad, sad story
Needed a new leader to restore
Its former glory
Where, oh, where was he?
Where could that man be?
We looked around and then we found
The man for you and me
And now it's...
Springtime for Wilson and Valerie
Winter for Cheney and Bush!
We're marching to a faster pace
Look out, here comes the Democrats!

Springtime for Kerry and America
USA's a fine land once more!
Springtime for Pelosi and Kennedy
Watch out, Limbaugh
We're going on tour!
CUT TO Bouzouki band and high stepping Kossacks dressed black rubber,as Kos himself said "Be safe out there".
Fade to black,pinspot,
solo John F Kerry singing,
"If I Ruled the World".

Knucklehead said...


I hadn't seen it but I went and read it since you pointed it out. Interesting.

Why is the reappointment of Fitzgerald to US Attorney a major test of Bush's integrity? Wasn't Plamegate a major test of Fitzgerald's competence? (Which he looks to have scored rather low on.)

Its nice that somebody goes after the crooks in the Windy City but why does it have to be Fitzgerald?

Perhaps I'm missing Bryne's point but he seems to be baying at the moon as far as I can tell. Corruption in Chicago isn't Bush's fault and Fitzgerald clearly ain't Elliot Ness.

All that said it wouldn't suprise me if Bush did let bygones be bygones and and reappoint the man. Nor would it surprise me if he didn't.

Rick Ballard said...


I saw the piece and I strongly disagree with it. Fitzgerald's affidavit to the DC Circuit regarding Miller was mendacious - at best. He made a jackass of Judge Tatel (although, based upon Tatel's decision, it may be more accurate to say that he made a braying jackass) and the incompetence demonstrated in allowing Cowles - a victim - be indicted is grounds for believeing that a sabbatical from prosecutorial chores is in order.

Catching and convicting political crooks in Illinois is about as tough as catching bluegill.

There are no indispensable men.

Peter UK said...

Since we known,by his own admission,that Patrick Fitzgerald reads the newspapers,he cannot be unaware of the gross speculation caused by the numerous times Karl Rove was put befor the Grand Jury.
The hyenas of the left took this for rank meat,cackling at every turn.A great deal of political capital was made out of this trial by speculation,advantage was taken of the secrecy of the GJ deliberations,a former felon made hay whilst the sun shone by claiming Rove had ben indicted.
In my view,Fitzgerald was less than upstanding in this instance.

CF said...

Thanks, Brylun.
I agree with Rick entirely--I think Fitz is a tenacious hard working man who up to now has been blessed by unsympathetic defendants and bad opposing counsel. He has certainly mastered the Prosecutor's bag of can a lot of people.

PUK, I want to steal that song so badly, but it would be wrong...Still Capitol Steps puts on a musical every year, and I bet if you let them have it it would be this year's show stopper. (Not kidding)Or send it to Rush with permission to use it.

Peter UK said...

Why not,I'm sure,John Kerry can be persuaded to play himself.

Knucklehead said...


Please don't encourage Mr. UK. In 20 minutes we'll have an epic opera in 5 acts penned by the team of PUK 'n Larsen. They'll probably take parts also and you do NOT wanna see Larsen in scorrendo la veste di chiffon apre all'ombelico.

Peter UK said...

Don't forget the vocal group the "Plamettes",you want to hear their version of "CIA" sung to the Village people's "YMCA"

You have no worries,haven't heard from Larsen since he blew up is still.I think he is in a period of mourning.

terrye said...


I started to read your post but I could not help but think of the Beverly Hillbilly tune. It is stuck in my head.

Knucklehead said...


Perhaps the Plamettes could do a rendition of Joey, Don't Be A Hero... (with half-hearted apologies to Bo Donaldson and the Heywoods)

The marchin' band came down along Main Street
The statesmen blues fell in behind
I looked across and there I saw Joey
Waiting to go and join the line
And with her head upon his shoulder
His young and lovely fiancee
From where I stood I saw she was cryin'
And through her tears I heard her say

Joey, don't be a hero, don't be a fool with your life
Joey, don't be a hero, come back and make me your wife
And as he started to go she said, Joey, keep your head low
Billy, don't be a hero, just drink some tea
The statesmen blues were trapped by a blogslide
The battle raging all around
The Presse Ancienne cried, We've got to hang on, boys!
We've got to hold this piece of ground
I need a volunteer to ride up
And bring us back some extra lies
And Joey's hand was up in a moment
Forgettin' all the words she said

She said
Joey, don't be a hero, don't be a fool with your life
Joey, don't be a hero, come back and make me your wife
And as he started to go she said, Joey, keep your head low
Joey, don't be a hero, just drink some tea

I heard his fiancee got a letter
That told how Billy lied that day
The letter said that he was a hero
She should be proud he lied that way
I heard she threw that letter away ...

Peter UK said...

Give Me A Ticket For An Airoplane
I Ain't Got Time To Take No Fast Train
Oh ,The Lonely Days Are Gone
I'm coming Home
My Baby She Wrote Me A Letter

I Don't Care How Much Mint Tea I Got To Drink
I Write an Op-Ed when I get Home.
Oh The Lonely Days Are Gone
I'm coming home
My Baby, She Wrote Me A Letter

She Wrote Me A Letter
She said Iraq don't buy uranium ore from Niger No More
Listen To Me Mister Don't You Ever Out
My Baby once more

Give Me A Ticket For An Airoplane
I Ain't Got Time To Take No Fast Train
Oh ,The Lonely Days Are Gone
I'm coming home

My Baby She Wrote Me A Letter

Rick Ballard said...

I'm going to open a post for the development of the operetta on ice "Fitzmas in Cambodia" using songs written here and at JOM in another memorable moment. Those with editing privileges should feel free to append as they see fit, others may wish to add songs and lyrics in comments which will then be appended.

CF said...

Fab Idea..

Skookumchuk said...

Yes, and who volunteers to be Ethel Merman?