July 27, 2005

"We've secretly replaced the White House press corps ..."

"... with actual reporters." - Jon Stewart 7/12/2005

Scott McClellan in today's press briefing:

...Q Has Karl Rove offered to resign, in view of his problems?

MR. McCLELLAN: Again, you keep asking these questions that are related to an ongoing investigation --

Q Does he still have his security clearance?

MR. McCLELLAN: -- and those are questions that have already been addressed.

Q No, they -- I've never heard this before. Have you?

MR. McCLELLAN: The question has been asked before.

Q We haven't heard an answer.

Q What was your answer?

Q There hasn't been an answer.

MR. McCLELLAN: Go ahead. [The next question was about Roberts, and though the topic skipped back and forth, it kept coming back to the release of Roberts' tax records. Which led to this exchange, as follows.]

...Q You said the White House wants senators to have all the documents they think are appropriate. If someone thinks that's appropriate, will they get the income tax records?

MR. McCLELLAN: Well, now you're asking me to speculate about requests that have not been made, and I'm not going to do that.

Q This is a profound discussion of the separation of powers in this dialogue today. To what extent is the administration's position in the context of Judge Roberts consistent with the executive privilege law as it stands, post-U.S. v. Nixon?

MR. McCLELLAN: Post U.S. v. Nixon?

Q In 1974, the tapes, and so forth.

MR. McCLELLAN: Haven't really thought about it.

Q Could you look into that for us?

MR. McCLELLAN: I haven't even thought about it. ...

He hadn't thought about it? What are the odds that the Bush White House senior staff don't spend a sizeable portion of every day lately with the worry hanging over their heads that they're starting to look like the second term of the Nixon administration? Darn slim. Now that reporters are tackling the Rove issue relentlessly and inviting the comparisons on their own, the administration sure won't be sleeping more soundly at nights.

Posted by natasha at July 27, 2005 03:56 PM | US Politics | Technorati links |

It's funny that Plame gate, (Or TreasonGate as I'm more likely to call it) has traction when the 911 investigation couldn't garner any. It looks like the only thing that's going to stop the badgering by the press is another "terrorist attack" on American soil. Anyone taking bets on how soon it'll be?

I'd say, before winter.


Posted by: Algorythm at July 28, 2005 01:47 AM