Yikes – From Christy Smith at Firedoglake, MSNBC reports that Porter Goss has resigned as CIA director. I have no idea what that means or whether it connects with the Watergate hooker story, but this sort of sudden resignation usually comes just before some variety of bad news.
Whether Dusty Foggo follows Goss out the door will give some clue what this is all about.
The AP puts Goss’s resignation in the context of recent White House staff turnover, but I don’t think that anybody saw Porter Goss as one of the officials likely to get the axe. If there was any warning that Joshua Bolten had a new CIA director in mind I did not hear about it.
Contest time! Who will Bush nominate to replace Porter Goss? Post your guesses; the first correct guess wins a locally-available six pack of beer. Rules are as follows: The first guess wins, you can guess as many times as you like but each guess supercedes the last one (so a correct guess will not count if your next guess is incorrect), contest not valid in countries where I have to go through ridiculous currency exchanges to get you your beer. I will end the contest as soon as “official” leaks start coming out about likely picks.
Since I’m never shy about buying myself a sixpack of beer, I will guess Tommy Franks. I know it sounds ridiculous but I figure that the nominee has to be ideologically safe but not nakedly partisan, minimally competent and won’t have any Kerik-style surprises in the confirmation process. Once you apply those filters there aren’t that many choices.
Have at it.
I pity the server at WaPo. Yes, that means I will probably refresh it a few times tonight just like everybody else.
Larry Johnson has the most informed scuttlebutt about what’s going on, at least for now.