Wednesday, October 26, 2005

The waiting is the hardest part

I'm not very good at detail politics. I am more interested in social politics, what makes people tick on certain issues, the big picture stuff. Which is why, I guess, I haven't really discussed the simmering pot of corruption, greed and secrecy that is the Plame case.

I hesitate to take part in the "Worse than Watergate" assessment of this case, mostly because the scale of the actual crime, at least to my mind, is not as egregious as what was going on with Nixon. There is no doubt in my mind that Rove ratted Valerie out to settle a petty political vendetta (in true Greek style, this might be the overreaching arrogant move that destroys him. I hope). But I'm not yet convinced that the leak is as bad as what Nixon did. Looking at it through social politics glasses, Watergate pissed on the American Dream at a time when most Americans thought they could trust the government, at least to a certain degree. By the time the Plame case became more or less public, I think most Americans had come to terms with the fact that the American government is not worthy of the kind of Eisenhower-era trust they once placed in it.

There is the angle that the Plame leak compromised national security, which might be true on some levels. But I think that if you want to talk about ways in which the neocon cabal has compromised our national security, we need to start the conversation well before this scandal, and look at how, you know, they sold all those WMDs to Saddam Hussein. That's a good place to start.

In truth, I think the Plame case is probably small beer compared to the real scandals of the too-cozy relationship between the Bush family and the House of Saud, of the tragedy of 2,000 soldiers dead, of the Diebold voting machines, of the pathetic and incompetent reaction to Katrina, of the Bush administration's outright hostility toward the environment, of the pathetic state of "No Child Left Behind" and of the millions of Americans who will have to figure out how to budget this year just to heat their homes while Shell, Exxon and BP make billions off of oil markups.

But that's not to say that I can't wait for the indictments to start coming in. I'm certainly for any kind of legal action that will take these bastards down. If Plame is going to be for the Bush Administration what "tax evasion" was for Al Capone, I'm all for it.

And Patrick Fitzgerald is hot:


  1. I hesitate to take part in the "Worse than Watergate" assessment of this case, mostly because the scale of the actual crime, at least to my mind, is not as egregious as what was going on with Nixon.

    Darlin', you know I love you more than a Five Dollar Shake, but these guys are worse than Nixon. Even John Dean says so.

    Watergate, as a specific example of Nixon's evil, was as has been observed, "a third-rate burglarly". The coverup sucked, too. These guys outed a NOC charged with finding the WMD our war was allegedly based on. AND they have all the Nixonian paranoia, secrecy, and even more hubris because we are effectively living in a single-party state.

    Say it with me now: Worse. Than. Watergate.

    And, as you note, this is part and parcel of the entire maladministration. Don't focus solely on Plame: view it as one egregious thread of an egregious tapestry.

  2. i second that emotion.

    does this make notdd a cilb (commentor i'd like to blog)?

  3. I third that emotion. Nixon and his cronies may have invented the myth of the liberal media, and may have tried to interfere with a free election in our democracy (between breaking into Dem hq and the stuff his plumbers were collecting on George Wallace, plus the whole Edmund Muskie 'crying' incident... it's hard not to conclude as much).

    But this administration already stole at least one election, probably two, in plain sight, with no shame or even sense that they needed to cover anything up. They deliberately endangered national security and the personal safety of a NOC in a petulent and petty extraction of revenge against a political opponent. Plus they lied to put a nation to war, concocting a false story and changing it so many times that it's virtually impossible to determine what their original storyline was. All it's cost us so far is 2000 lives, $200 billion dollars, every shred of international respect we had left, and the ability to take care of ourselves in times of national disaster.

    Not only are Bush and his administration worse than Nixon, but they are the most evil collection of criminals ever to hold office in this great nation. Evil's not a word that can be used lightly. In this case, it more than applies.

    Now that my rant's over, I just wanted to say hello and that I enjoy your blog. I'll keep reading you.

  4. Nobody has, for months, mentioned the burglary of Gerald Nicosia's research files, which contained Vietnam-era FBI data on John Kerry.

    Nicosia said that it was likely a political burglary conducted by the Republicans.

    Just a bit of the wider tapestry.