The Talking Dog

May 17, 2007, With friends like these...

The Grey Lady gives us this discussion of former Deputy Attorney General (and U.S. Attorney in Manhattan) James Comey, notably Comey's tendency to do things that bite the Bush Administration on the tushy, including appointing Patrick FitzGerald as special prosecutor, praising a group of fired U.S. Attorneys, and of late, testifying before the Sentate Judiciary Committee as to the extraordinarily poor taste shown by Andy Card and (yes!) Alberto "Abu" Gonzales, who showed up in a hospital intensive care unit to try to cajole then Attorney General John Ashcroft into signing off on a warrantless eavesdropping program that even Ashcroft thought was illegal.

There once was a group of Republicans who believed in good government and had some modicum of integrity; Comey harkens back to that group. Obviously, those involved in the most analogous event, the Saturday Night Massacre, William Ruckenshaus and the late Eliot Richardson, or Reagan's Chief of Staff and Treasury Secretary Don Regan, come to mind as well. Those folks is all dead, or out of government, and are not welcome in the current Republican Party.

And soon, one imagines, there will be no place in it for Mr. Comey, who, notwithstanding his new role as counsel for defense contractor/GOP contributor Lockheed Martin, may well have outlived his usefulness to The Party and Dear Leader.

But who knows? It looks like some cracks may be developing in Fortress Dubya, as even Paul Wolfowitz may soon be thrown under the bus. (Of course, as noted elsewhere, Wolfowitz may be replaced by his girlfriend... )


It all makes sense now. I never understood why "they" put someone of Fitzgerald's stature on the Plame case. Now I know. "They" didn't.

Posted by candace at May 17, 2007 9:51 AM

More and more similarities to Nixon, but what's missing? IMPEACHMENT!

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It's a list of the 25 most recent comments made by real Americans participating in an online poll/letter-writing campaign concerning the impeachment charges recently filed against Vice President Cheney, which are now being evaluated by the House Judiciary Committee. Comments can be sent to elected representatives and local newspapers at your option. The participation page is at:

Since this campaign began, some members of Congress have signed on as co-sponsors, in part due to hearing from their constituents. Has yours? Make your voice heard, and let others know!

Posted by Anonymous at May 17, 2007 11:14 AM

What's the matter Anonymous, afraid to put your name on it?

I know that those of us who are actually paying attention don't have time for fiction... but didn't retired CIA spy Robert Ludlum write a novel about this thirty years ago?

I know that

Posted by Thomas Ware at May 17, 2007 7:30 PM