Skip to comments.Republicans Ready to Slime Fitzgerald [Is this true?]
Posted on 08/02/2005 7:35:37 PM PDT by summer
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 offenseand the more offensive, the better. Its 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 Senators 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 wont deter the highly partisan Kansan...
If only they were candid, the Rove Republicans would say that was then, this is nowand ethical consistency is strictly for losers.
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It's Joe Conason. Don't believe a word he says.
I have heard his name before, but I really didn't know what he writes.
Everybody has been complaining about special prosecutors. That's just not special any more.
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.
He is the worst Clinton suck up of them all, really bad. Well, him and Gene Lyons anyway.
This is Crazy Joe Conason, the Clintonista buttboy. This guy doesn't even have a clue what day of the week it is.
Yeah, I wish everyone would just leave this prosecutor alone and let him do his job already!!!
"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)....
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.
Joe Conason--proof that you can be consistently wrong and still have a career as an opinion columnist.
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.
consider the source.
Maybe the Dims are having flashbacks to what they did to Ken Starr...
All you need to know, is that he was a Clinton apologist.
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!!
Yeah, there are some ramblings in this editorial about Whitewater, Starr, etc.
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.
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.
It's standard procedure.
With Ken Starr and Linda Tripp they even had to pretend they were Republicans.
Slime a Special Prosecutor? Joe Conason must think Bubba is still President...
You're probably right. People like Conason get their marching orders from their massas down at the DNC.
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.
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!
Any article that starts out "Under the harsh but savvy tutelage of Karl Rove..." is false.
As I recall, Conason played a big part in sliming Ken Starr.
He and David Corn have an ongoing battle to be the most ferret-like commentator on TV. No matter who wins, we lose!
Democrats frequently accuse Republicans of the things that they (democrats) have done or are doing.
Kerry was hapless with out a side glance from Rove
Good Lord, summer!
This is a Joe Conason column! Your headline had me going there for a minute.
Joke's on me! (Conason - - HAR!!!)
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.
"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.
Well, that would definately fly in the face of Bush's demand that everyone cooperate with Fitzgerald.
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.
"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.
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
How do you KNOW he's hurting innocent people? What do you base this on???
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.
They are presuming that Republicans would do what they would be doing in similar circumstances, and trying to head it off by "exposing" it.
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.