I see one member of the Plame Brigade has finally decided to discuss the leaked memo outlining Democrat plans to use the non-partisan Senate Intelligence Committee. Unfortunately, the Calpundit’s offering was lame, and Professor Bainbridge explains why. My favorite quote from Kevin:
Bottom line: Republicans want to limit the investigation in order to protect the president. Democrats are fighting this because they think the president had a lot to do with the misuse of prewar intelligence.
There’s nothing wrong with this, and it wouldn’t have happened if Republicans had been willing to conduct a fair and thorough investigation in the first place. So let’s save the mock outrage, OK?
A.) The investigation has not been completed, so it can’t be unfair and not thorough.
B.) As the memo itself stated: “Pull the majority along as far as we can on issues that may lead to major new disclosures regarding improper or questionable conduct by administration officials. We are having some success in that regard. For example, in addition to the president’s State of the Union speech, the chairman has agreed to look at the activities of the Office of the Secretary of Defense as well as Secretary Bolton’s office at the State Department. The fact that the chairman supports our investigations into these offices and co-signs our requests for information is helpful and potentially crucial.”
In other words, they are cooperating.
C.) This was not a plan to really conduct an investigation, this was a plan to leak information and to attempt to gain some sort of partisan gain in 2004.
D.) I am now wholly convinced that Democrats think words mean whatever the hell they want them to mean, and if the words themselves can not be contorted enough to fill the need, you can just state that it was ‘suggested’ or what was ‘really meant.’ The memo is damned clear about the minority party’s intent, yet Kevin somehow divines the motives of the Republicans (“Republicans want to limit the investigation in order to protect the president”). It is dizzying.
New Slogan: “Democrats- Straight Making Shit Up Since 1992”