Another TPM Reader ads his two-cents ...
The parallel between the White House's attack on Clarke and the defense of Rove is spot on, but I think most people misunderestimate the effectiveness of this strategy.
By being scattershot and offensive, they accomplish three things:
1) they shift the focus off their own misdeeds
2) they create a level of confusing noise that makes the passive public stop trying to understand
3) they knock the subjects of the attacks off message
Let's not forget that Clarke did not win.
A TPM Reader checks in ...
I'm struck by how similar the Republican's attack on Richard Clarke and their defense of Rove are. Both issues cut right to the core of their right-wing being and needed to be defended, or else they risk losing everything. So that is why the defense is so ferocious. But it is also why, like the Clarke attack, it is so scattershot and incoherent.
Great moments in Mehlmanizing: "A leak is when you ask a reporter to write a story. [Rove] was discouraging a reporter from writing a false story."
Ryan Lizza on Rove lawyer GB Luskin: "It is a make-or-break moment for the Beltway defense attorney, and one of the reasons that people like Luskin relish such high-profile cases. But Luskin is stumbling out of the gate. Not since William Ginsburg, Monica Lewinsky's hapless first attorney, has a lawyer had such an inept public debut."
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The Rove appearance in Nebraska was no reporters and not open to the public. The questions were pre-screened and I think limited to questions about Social Security.
He also spoke to WaPo editors and reporters about Social Security recently, I believe immediately after the Newsweek article with Cooper's email came out but before much else came out. Somehow Rove prevented that prestigious publication from asking him ANY questions about his role in the leak scandal.
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