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Tuesday, November 01, 2005

E.J. Get's it Wrong

E.J. Dionne at the Washington Post gets it wrong, as usual. In today's editorial he takes a comment by Pat Fitzgerald, and uses it, wrongly, to try and now show that Scooter Libby was the reason for the delays in the Plamegate investigation, and the delay was orchestrated for the elections.

What did Fitz say? Patrick Fitzgerald expressed the wish that witnesses had testified when subpoenas were issued in August 2004, and "we would have been here in October 2004 instead of October 2005."

E.J. has decided that Scooter Libby is the guy who didn't testify on time. His reasoning is that by holding up testimony the election wasn't jeopardized by Grand Jury results. The problem is, he's wrong. It wasn't the White House or any of the staffers who were tardy in showing up to Pat's Grand Jury. It was the media folks who were asked to testify who tied that up in the courts. Here's a link to the court decision, with a timeline showing when Judy and Matt were issued supeonas, and when they were in court.

E.J. is being dishonest, at best, by trying to claim that the reason for the hold up was the election in 2004. He could probably call Judy Miller, Matt Cooper and the folks at Time and New York Times and ask them if they were in court to help Bush, or try and defend freedom of the press. Or he could just keep trying to spin more of Fitzgeralds results than were there.

It's killing the left that Rove wasn't indicted, that the 1982 Law protecting agents wasn't applicable, and that no one got charged with treason. So, they have to spin it some way to come up with a sinister plot. There had to be one, right?

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