Skip to comments.Scarborough: W Gave Wink 'n Nod for Mean Miers Leak
Posted on 04/21/2006 5:36:51 PM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest
by Mark Finkelstein
April 21, 2006
Advice to any Republican loyalists planning to watch a replay of this evening's Hardball: hide the sharp objects, put the firearms under lock and key, flush any potentially poisonous potions. With beautiful-but-deadly Norah O'Donnell sitting in for Chris Matthews, this might have been the most unrelenting gloom-a-thon since Watergate. Riffing off the latest polls showing W at 33%, it was one guest after another - from Bob Shrum to Kate O'Beirne to a panel of "hotshots" - painting a decidedly unrosy scenario. And just when things couldn't get any more dread, a former Clinton health official came on to predict millions might die from bird flu thanks to government inattention "in recent years."
Before leaping from the nearest ledge, I was able to record one salient segment: the startling allegation from Joe Scarborough that President Bush was behind the recent nasty leak on Harriet Miers.
As will be recalled, after Miers' disastrous foray as a Supreme Court nominee, she returned to her position as White House counsel. However, as per this NY Times article, Miers might be next on new WH Chief of Staff Josh Bolten's hit list. The article cited GOP sources to the effect that Bolten believes Miers "is indecisive, a weak manager and slow in moving vital paperwork through the system." Perhaps she is, and it wouldn't be shocking to learn that's what Bolten believes.
But what is stunning was Joe Scarborough's assertion that Pres. Bush must have been behind the leak. Here's how Joe put it:
"I'll tell you what it screams and I've just got to say, if anybody really believes that Josh Bolten leaked this story to the New York Times without the approval of George Bush, a wink or a nod, then they are too naive to report the national news in Washington, DC."
Norah: "What if he [Bolten] is trying to put presh -- if he's trying to put pressure on the president?"
Scarborough: "In the Bush White House, it doesn't work that way. Josh Bolten is a Bush loyalist, he would never leak without the president knowing he was leaking, and -- or maybe they were talking in a conversation when he came on board and Bush said yeah, maybe it's time for her to go, but gee, she's a close personal friend. What is sad for -- why I feel sorry for Harriet Miers, she's been there for six years, she knows leaks don't happen in the Bush White House, she knows Josh Bolten would never leak without George Bush giving the go-ahead."
Hardball/NewsBusters ping to Today show list.
Joe should just go over to the dark side to stay.
Yeah, he took the money already.
Life is aggravating enough...why on Earth would you CHOOSE to watch that show?
Joe Scarborough is no longer watchable, he has went off the deep end.
Something in the PMSNSC watercooler makes reasonable people like Scarabourgh into DUmmies.
Scarborough went to the dark side with eyes wide shut.
I do so in the same spirit of my tagline regarding the Today show ;-)
is indecisive, a weak manager and slow in moving vital paperwork through the system
And we thought Olberwomann was a nutjob. Scarborough is worse.
Does anyone know the substance of the recent nasty leak on Harriet Miers?
As mentioned in the body of the thread: "The article cited GOP sources to the effect that Bolten believes Miers "is indecisive, a weak manager and slow in moving vital paperwork through the system."
No, I believe this is supposed to be an expression of Bolten's belief. But Scarborough is saying that Bolten would have never let the leak of his views get out unless W had approved it.
And just when things couldn't get any more dread, a former Clinton health official came on to predict millions might die from bird flu thanks to government inattention "in recent years."
But Olbermann has pertier eyebrows.
I'd rather wipe my face a dozen times with Chrissy's spitballs than watch Joe Scarborough for 10 seconds. At least Chrissy doesn't pretend to have ever been a conservative. Joe Scarborough has clearly gone to the dark side and has sold his soul. He may has well be wearing a sticker on his forehead that says POLITICAL WHORE.
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