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Thursday, July 5, 2007

Arkansan for chutzpah

Posted By on Thu, Jul 5, 2007 at 3:32 PM

Bush's mouthpiece Tony Snow went and dragged us into it today when asked for comment on Bill Clinton's criticism of the Scooter Libby installment-plan pardon. Said Snow: "I don't know what Arkansan is for chutzpah, but this is a gigantic case of it." Snow draws a poor comparison between the March Rich pardon (facilitated by none other than Scooter Libby). Bad though it was,  it was not a case of clemency granted to someone with personal knowledge of the White House effort to smear a covert CIA agent. What's Washingtonian for coverup?

What's your definition of Arkansas chutzpah?

Meanwhile, Political Animal at Washington Monthly gets it:

WHEN IN DOUBT, BLAME BILL....Unable to defend the president's conduct in the Libby scandal, Tony Snow has embraced the well-established Clinton Misdirection Policy with both arms.

...

Snow then proceeded to say, "I know you are but what am I," made some oblique reference to being rubber to reporters' glue, held his breath for an inordinate amount of time, and then, fingers in ears, shouted, "La la la, I can't hear you."

The amazing thing about Snow's farcical and humiliating performance today is that it concedes defeat. He wasn't explicit about it, but with repeated references to Clinton's presidency, Snow effectively admitted that the Bush White House did something spectacularly inappropriate, but justified this conduct by insisting that Clinton was just as bad. So much for "restoring honor and dignity to the Oval Office."

Asked specifically, "Do two wrongs make a right?" Snow hedged for a moment and then dodged the question. Classy

 

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