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I almost feel bad for Dana Perino

After spending years pretending that it couldn’t comment on the Plame affair because criminal proceedings against Libby were ongoing, the White House is now pretending it can’t comment because the Wilsons’ civil suit is still under appeal. As usual, excuses are the only part of governance in which Bushies are OK with transparency.

The appeals process could, and probably will, take years, by which time Bush will be safely out of office and public interest will have faded, lessening demand for criminal charges against Rove, Cheney, et al. I’m really hoping the Wilsons will offer to withdraw the suit in exchange for the administration’s finally answering some questions and making relevant documents public. That kind of stunt would get a lot of coverage, and although we know that Bush doesn’t give a tinker’s damn what the governed think and can’t be pressured into doing the right thing, it would point up the ridiculousness of the excuse and bring the case back into the public eye. People should be reminded just how unapologetically corrupt this administration has been before elections roll around.


2 Responses

  1. She is way out of her league. Even Deedee Myers makes her look ill-suited for the role of media inquiry buffer. The amount of times she deflects a question or uses the stock “i’ll get back to you” is a slap in the face of every citizen. If she does not know enough about the Buschco’s dealings than she needs to step aside. I want answers dammit!

  2. Perino’s in a tough spot. The Bushies value secrecy for secrecy’s sake, so she’s under orders not to tell the press anything, but after seven years of stonewalling reporters are finally pushing back. When you’re under attack but can’t respond because you’ve been hamstrung by your boss, there’s no way to look competent.

    But just when I start to feel sympathetic to her plight I remember that she decided of her own free will to flack for Bush despite knowing how indefensible many of his actions are and how often she’d be called on to say “no comment.” After that, I can watch Helen Thomas take her to school with unmitigated glee.

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