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Republicans Ready to Slime Fitzgerald [Is this true?]
NY Observer ^ | Aug 1, 2005 | Joe Conason

Posted on 08/02/2005 7:35:37 PM PDT by summer


Karl Rove

Under the harsh but savvy tutelage of Karl Rove, Republicans have repeatedly demonstrated their adherence to a venerable cliché: In politics, as in sports and warfare, the best defense is always a good offense—and the more offensive, the better. It’s an effective strategy, as John Kerry and many other hapless victims have learned, and at this point also a highly predictable one.

Circled in a bristling perimeter around the White House, the friends and allies of Mr. Rove can soon be expected to fire their rhetorical mortars at Patrick Fitzgerald, the special prosecutor investigating the White House exposure of C.I.A. operative Valerie Wilson. Indeed, the preparations for that assault began months ago in the editorial columns of The Wall Street Journal, which has tarred Mr. Fitzgerald as a “loose cannon” and an “unguided missile.” 

Evidently Senator Pat Roberts, the Kansas Republican who chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee, will lead the next foray against the special prosecutor. This week the Senator’s press office announced his plan to hold hearings on the Fitzgerald probe. That means interfering with an “ongoing investigation,” as the White House press secretary might say, but such considerations won’t deter the highly partisan Kansan...


If only they were candid, the Rove Republicans would say that was then, this is now—and ethical consistency is strictly for losers.

(Excerpt) Read more at observer.com ...


TOPICS: Editorial; US: District of Columbia
KEYWORDS: cialeak; conason; fitzgerald; gop; joeconason; patrickfitzgerald; plame; rove
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I have repeatedly seen this angle on the liberal sites lately -- that the GOP is about to "slime" Fitzgerald. Does anyone know what the liberals are talking about?
1 posted on 08/02/2005 7:35:38 PM PDT by summer
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Also from this editorial:

Finally, there’s an issue of investigative duration. If Mr. Fitzgerald seeks to extend the term of the grand jury sitting in Washington, which expires next October, Republicans will instantly complain that this has all dragged on long enough and must be wrapped up forthwith.
2 posted on 08/02/2005 7:36:35 PM PDT by summer
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To: summer

It's Joe Conason. Don't believe a word he says.


3 posted on 08/02/2005 7:36:38 PM PDT by Rodney King (No, we can't all just get along.)
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To: Rodney King

I have heard his name before, but I really didn't know what he writes.


4 posted on 08/02/2005 7:37:38 PM PDT by summer
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To: summer

Everybody has been complaining about special prosecutors. That's just not special any more.


5 posted on 08/02/2005 7:37:40 PM PDT by Bernard (Land of Lincoln, birthplace of Reagan, now Hillary birthplace/Durbin; Decline and Fall of Illinois)
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To: summer

I do not believe anything the talking through the nose conason has to say or write.

For this to be the accusation of the day their well plotted trap/snare must be coming apart.


6 posted on 08/02/2005 7:37:58 PM PDT by Just mythoughts
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To: summer

He is the worst Clinton suck up of them all, really bad. Well, him and Gene Lyons anyway.


7 posted on 08/02/2005 7:38:09 PM PDT by Rodney King (No, we can't all just get along.)
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To: summer

This is Crazy Joe Conason, the Clintonista buttboy. This guy doesn't even have a clue what day of the week it is.


8 posted on 08/02/2005 7:38:30 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (We did not lose in Vietnam. We left.)
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To: Bernard

Yeah, I wish everyone would just leave this prosecutor alone and let him do his job already!!!


9 posted on 08/02/2005 7:38:33 PM PDT by summer
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To: summer

"In politics, as in sports and warfare, the best defense is always a good offense..."

Of course the 'rats are true believers in this axiom (too bad they're always shooting blanks)....


10 posted on 08/02/2005 7:39:07 PM PDT by rockrr (Gregorovych Nyet!)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

But I have to say he is not the only one writing this lately. There must be some memo circulating telling people to write this or something.


11 posted on 08/02/2005 7:39:13 PM PDT by summer
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To: summer

Joe Conason--proof that you can be consistently wrong and still have a career as an opinion columnist.


12 posted on 08/02/2005 7:39:27 PM PDT by randog (What the....?!)
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To: Rodney King
LOL...I was just about to type that. It's a good thing I saw your post. GMTA
13 posted on 08/02/2005 7:39:58 PM PDT by nopardons
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To: summer

The libs think that Fitzgerald's investigation will reveal that Rove leaked Plame's name, and therefore Rove has to attack Fitzgerald to save himself.

Ignore them.


14 posted on 08/02/2005 7:40:06 PM PDT by Terpfen (Liberals call the Constitution a living document because they enjoy torturing it.)
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To: summer

consider the source.


15 posted on 08/02/2005 7:40:41 PM PDT by mware
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To: summer

Maybe the Dims are having flashbacks to what they did to Ken Starr...


16 posted on 08/02/2005 7:40:45 PM PDT by Mannaggia l'America
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To: summer

All you need to know, is that he was a Clinton apologist.


17 posted on 08/02/2005 7:40:50 PM PDT by nopardons
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To: Terpfen

Thank you for that explanation there! It just seems odd to me that they can not wait until October for the prosecutor's findings. Maybe this is just a way to keep this matter in the press. I know the liberals want to hang Rove, whether he's guilty of a crime or not!!


18 posted on 08/02/2005 7:41:39 PM PDT by summer
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To: Mannaggia l'America

Yeah, there are some ramblings in this editorial about Whitewater, Starr, etc.


19 posted on 08/02/2005 7:42:27 PM PDT by summer
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To: randog
Joe Conason--proof that you can be consistently wrong and still have a career as an opinion columnist.

LOL...
20 posted on 08/02/2005 7:43:13 PM PDT by summer
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To: summer

It sounds like the Senate is exercising its Constitutional duty of oversight. Oversight that is badly needed, as IMHO Fitzgerald is on a fishing expedition to bring down Rove and as many others as he can.

I saw a blurb on another site that ABC has staked out the Grand Jury location and reported that two of Rove's staffers testified on Friday. If true, it seems clear to me that this guy is STILL going after Karl, and possibly others in the administration, and that the speculation that he's after the Wilsons and/or the CIA is wishful thinking. Fitzgerald is NOT a friend of the administration, and we had better be aware. This isn't over by a long shot.


21 posted on 08/02/2005 7:44:10 PM PDT by balch3
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To: summer

According to liberals, the GOP slimes everybody. For example, if you point out how a Democratic candidate voted, you are "sliming" that candidate. Scandalous or libelous remarks made by Democrats about Republicans, however, are okay.


22 posted on 08/02/2005 7:44:54 PM PDT by popdonnelly
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To: summer

It's standard procedure.

With Ken Starr and Linda Tripp they even had to pretend they were Republicans.


23 posted on 08/02/2005 7:45:00 PM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: Rodney King
I hope they do go after Fitzgerald. He is hurting innocent people. Fitzgerald needs to come clean on where he is taking this investigation or prepare to be slimed by both Republicans defending Rove and liberals defending Judith Miller.

Holtz
JeffersonRepublic.com
24 posted on 08/02/2005 7:45:40 PM PDT by JeffersonRepublic.com (Visit the Jefferson Republic for a conservative news portal.)
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To: Terpfen
Yea but all the GJ "leaks" seem to be favoring the idea that Fitzgerald's net is only being cast narrowly. We know damn well that the Dems MSM and factions at CIA and State were actively seeking to undermine the President but what we don't know is if this is the angle the SP is going after.
25 posted on 08/02/2005 7:45:41 PM PDT by Archon of the East ("universal executive power of the law of nature")
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To: Rodney King

Slime a Special Prosecutor? Joe Conason must think Bubba is still President...


26 posted on 08/02/2005 7:46:14 PM PDT by John Valentine
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To: summer

You're probably right. People like Conason get their marching orders from their massas down at the DNC.


27 posted on 08/02/2005 7:46:19 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (We did not lose in Vietnam. We left.)
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To: balch3
two of Rove's staffers testified on Friday

Yes, today I saw that as a screaming headline on one liberal site, but honestly, I thought: so what. These staffers talk to a lot of people. I did not get the impression Fitzgerald is still "after" Rove. In fact I never had that impression because of what Rove's attorney came out and said right away, that Rove was NOT a target.
28 posted on 08/02/2005 7:47:26 PM PDT by summer
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Well, it IS something that they are floating as some kind of "talking point" -- though, if not true, then, Dems just look like idiots. Again.


29 posted on 08/02/2005 7:48:22 PM PDT by summer
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To: summer

It's written by "Dead eyes" Joe Conason. His eyes have NO spark of life and hehas no spark of truth in him. he Republicans don't SLIME people....the Dems do!


30 posted on 08/02/2005 7:48:56 PM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion: The Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: summer

Any article that starts out "Under the harsh but savvy tutelage of Karl Rove..." is false.


31 posted on 08/02/2005 7:48:58 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: John Valentine
Slime a Special Prosecutor?

As I recall, Conason played a big part in sliming Ken Starr.

32 posted on 08/02/2005 7:49:10 PM PDT by Rodney King (No, we can't all just get along.)
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To: summer
Joe "The Sky Isn't Blue, It's Green" Conason--never let facts get in the way of your daily BS requirement.

He and David Corn have an ongoing battle to be the most ferret-like commentator on TV. No matter who wins, we lose!

33 posted on 08/02/2005 7:49:28 PM PDT by Darkwolf377 (Dean won't call UBL guilty without a trial, but thinks DeLay and Rove should be in jail)
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To: Brilliant

LOL..


34 posted on 08/02/2005 7:49:55 PM PDT by summer
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To: summer

BUMP


35 posted on 08/02/2005 7:50:34 PM PDT by kitkat ("We're not going to let anybody frighten us from our great love of freedom." GWB, 7/22/05)
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To: balch3
It sure is looking that way. When have we heard any info at all other than some good investigative work outside the GJ that the SP is going after anybody but Rove and the Administration?
36 posted on 08/02/2005 7:50:43 PM PDT by Archon of the East ("universal executive power of the law of nature")
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To: summer

Democrats frequently accuse Republicans of the things that they (democrats) have done or are doing.


37 posted on 08/02/2005 7:51:15 PM PDT by knuthom
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To: summer

Kerry was hapless with out a side glance from Rove


38 posted on 08/02/2005 7:51:19 PM PDT by 359Henrie
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To: summer

Good Lord, summer!
This is a Joe Conason column! Your headline had me going there for a minute.

Joke's on me! (Conason - - HAR!!!)
Regards,
LH


39 posted on 08/02/2005 7:51:47 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: summer

Oh dear. The hapless victim, John Kerry, was smeared by the evil Karl Rove.

Hapless? Maybe. Victim? No.

How does one turn a moronic Presidential contender into a victim? By saying it?

Time for a new cauliflower in the cranium, Conason. The old one is liquefying and pouring out of your ears.


40 posted on 08/02/2005 7:52:07 PM PDT by MarkBsnr (When you believe in nothing, then everything is acceptable.)
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To: summer

"Indeed, the preparations for that assault began months ago in the editorial columns of The Wall Street Journal..."

So much for his credibility. We don't control the media. That's the Dems' territory.


41 posted on 08/02/2005 7:52:21 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: summer


Well, that would definately fly in the face of Bush's demand that everyone cooperate with Fitzgerald.


42 posted on 08/02/2005 7:53:08 PM PDT by golfboy (character is doing what is right, when no one is looking)
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To: summer
Look at the byline. This is Joe Conason. He has not written an honest word for decades. Don't take this seriously.

Congressman Billybob

Latest column: "South Pacific" Lesson about Muslims

43 posted on 08/02/2005 7:53:47 PM PDT by Congressman Billybob (Will President Bush's SECOND appointment obey the Constitution? I give 95-5 odds on yes.)
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To: balch3

I had always heard that Fitzgerald is a Democrat.....anyone know for sure? I'm not sure that it matters, if he's a straight arrow.


44 posted on 08/02/2005 7:54:33 PM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion: The Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: nopardons; summer

"All you need to know, is that he was a Clinton apologist."

I think he was worse than just that. AFAIR Consason was the one that tried germ warfare against Pat Buchanan during the either the 1996 or 2000 election. Conason had a bad case of the flu, so he licked his hands and then rubbed his hands over the doorknobs at Buchanan's suite in hopes that Buchanan would get it. This is when Buchanan was running for President.

Now while I dislike Buchanan, I think anyone trying something like that is slimey. When he talks about others sliming their opponents there is a word for it -- projection.


45 posted on 08/02/2005 7:55:07 PM PDT by No Truce With Kings (The opinions expressed are mine! Mine! MINE! All Mine!)
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To: summer; L.N. Smithee
I see Joe Conason is pushing the story- the latest effort on the part of the Democrats to keep a stiff upper lip and act like they don't have a care in the world that the Fitzgerald inquiry targets them. They keep on lisping and it gives them away.

From a previous post on Conason by Freeper L.N. Smithee :

This is reminiscent of the article that Joe Conason wrote for Spy magazine, which went out of biz shortly after it published a cover story on the quagmire that was the Gulf War. They wrote a speculative piece about how support for the war was on the wane, but Saddam negotiated surrender shortly after press time on the piece. Oops.
Anyhoo, Conason in 1992 followed up on the rumors of an extramarital affair between George H.W. Bush and an assistant by writing a story entirely based on the word of a journalist he referred to as "Ms. X", who conveniently confirmed rumors of Bush's supposed philandering that had been floating around for years, according to journalists with...how you say? Ah, yes...standards, who refused to publish the stories without a on-the-record source.
11 posted on 03/23/2003 7:27:29 PM PST by L.N. Smithee

46 posted on 08/02/2005 7:55:13 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude Adjustments Offered Here Free of Charge)
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To: JeffersonRepublic.com

How do you KNOW he's hurting innocent people? What do you base this on???


47 posted on 08/02/2005 7:55:31 PM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion: The Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: summer

Funny when it was Ken Starr that was attacked viciously by the Clinton slander machine, it wasn't "slime" to the media but serious charges that needed to be looked into. Funny how this libidiot claims Kerry was the victim of similar "sliming" tactics, but Bush being all but accused of having colluded on 9-11 by the Democratic darling Michael Moore, that's a-okay...it's a serious documentary we all need to see. And of course Ted Kennedy, Al Gore and others all being Kerry's appointed attack dogs accusing Bush of every sin ever known to man, that's okay too. No slime there. Please, the US media are the lords of the slime.


48 posted on 08/02/2005 7:55:56 PM PDT by MikeA
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To: summer
I have repeatedly seen this angle on the liberal sites lately -- that the GOP is about to "slime" Fitzgerald. Does anyone know what the liberals are talking about?

They are presuming that Republicans would do what they would be doing in similar circumstances, and trying to head it off by "exposing" it.

-PJ

49 posted on 08/02/2005 7:56:39 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (It's still not safe to vote Democrat.)
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To: summer
I have heard his name before, but I really didn't know what he writes.

Conason writes for the Village Voice. He is of the foaming-at-the-mouth rabid school of left-wing journalism.

In other words, you can safely discount whatever he has to say.

50 posted on 08/02/2005 7:57:59 PM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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