Weekend Open Thread

Filed in National by on October 31, 2009

Here is an open thread for your weekend. Sorry for the lateness of the thread, I was literally asleep on the job. 😉

Anyway, you’ve already seen this, but Republican Assemblywoman DeDe Scozzafava has suspended her campaign for the NY-23 seat. The RNC and Newt Gingrich have both endorsed the Hoffman campaign. The Independence Party, which formerly backed Scozzafava, has now endorsed Democrat Bill Owens. This will still be the race to watch next week.

There was also a Friday news document dump that included the notes from Cheney’s interviews with the FBI regarding the Plame matter. Cheney’s testimony is very different than Scooter Libby’s testimony. I guess we now know why Cheney was working so hard to get Libby pardoned – he doesn’t want Libby to testify against him.

Former Vice President Dick Cheney denied in an interview with a special prosecutor investigating the C.I.A. leak case that he had played any role in the disclosure of the identity of Valerie Wilson as an intelligence officer, according to F.B.I. documents released Friday.

Some of the assertions by Mr. Cheney in his interview with the prosecutor on May 8, 2004, appeared to conflict with testimony at the 2007 trial of his chief of staff, I. Lewis Libby Jr., who was convicted of perjury and obstruction of justice and whose sentence was later commuted by President George W. Bush.


But Mr. Libby, the vice president’s chief of staff at the time, gave a sharply different account of Mr. Cheney’s behavior in July 2003. Mr. Libby offered a detailed account of Mr. Cheney’s role in authorizing the intelligence report to be shared on July 8 with Judith Miller, then a reporter for The New York Times.

He testified under oath in March 2004 that Mr. Cheney had thought it was “very important” to get out the information in the report that Mr. Hussein had tried to acquire uranium, saying “the vice president instructed me to go talk to Judy Miller to lay this out for her.”

Rough times ahead for Darth Cheney?


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  1. Quitting is the new black, Gavin Newsome has dropped out of the CA governor’s race.

  2. Rebecca says:

    Trick or Treaters at the door. Michael Jackson’s been here. Lots of Phillies. Lots of vampires. They all look pretty soggy. The kids have put a lot of effort into their costumes this year.

  3. We had quite a few trick-or-treaters. Lots of vampires and various mythical creatures. Many princesses as well.

  4. nemski says:

    We had a George W. Bush and he was pissed.

  5. Miscreant says:

    Yet another empty promise.


    “In making the argument, the Obama administration agreed with the Bush administration’s position on the case but insists it came to the decision differently.”

    TRANSLATION: We’re not changing a thing, but for different reasons than Bush, because he got us into this and we don’t have balls enough to admit he may have had a good idea.

  6. Rebecca says:


    “The attorney general said the judge would decide whether the administration had made a valid claim and “we will respect the outcome of that process.””

    That’s different from having Darth Cheney stonewall.

  7. lizard says:

    Jarrett: Dems want Scozzafava nod

    Politico ^ | 11/1/2009 | Josh Gerstein
    White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett seemed to confirm Sunday that President Barack Obama’s top political aides are working to get the Republican candidate who dropped out of a New York congressional race, Dede Scozzafava, to endorse the Democratic contender, Bill Owens. “We would love to have–of course, have her support. And it’s rather telling when the Republican Party forces out a moderate Republican and it says I think a great deal about where the Republican Party leadership is right now,” Jarrett said on ABC’s “This Week.” Jarrett said Scozzafava’s exit symbolizes a swing to the right by the Republican…

  8. lizard says:

    and a long wait at that.

  9. anon says:

    AP reports Rush Limbaugh said something.

  10. jason330 says:

    When Fox News reports what Rush said it will be an inspiring example of their journalistic integrity.

  11. anon says:

    Actually AP was reporting what Rush said on FOX. What did he say? The same thing he says every day. A classic of limp dick journalism.

  12. anon says:

    Reminds me of the Jon Stewart takedown of FOX last week… they managed to take a Rush Limbaugh talking point all the way from Rush’s show, to FOX, and thence to the AP wire. Pure bullshit all the way.

  13. lizard says:

    When you-all started insisting that Rush was the head of the Republican Party… you made what he says news worthy.

    Funny how that works. 🙂

  14. jason330 says:

    Common ground. He is the leader of the Republican party – so it is newsworthy. The headline should read: “Complete Idiot Makes Another Crazy Statement”

    The lack of journalistic integrity comes in when the Rush to Fox to AP to NYT chain passes along the quotes without bothering to fact check them, so Rush becomes not only the head of the GOP but the font of beltway conventional wisdom.

  15. I don’t think Rush is the head of the Republican party anymore. It’s now Glenn Beck.

    We aren’t the ones who forced Republican leaders to kiss Rush’s ring whenever they angered him. That was Republicans.

  16. anonone says:

    How ’bout McNabb?

  17. jason330 says:

    Good news for Republicans. (It always is.) I just wonder how the abortion loving Mike Castle is going to fit into the new GOP?