Wednesday, August 06, 2008

"Folks in Congress calling"

Dan Froomkin lays out the challenge posed to the White House now in the wake of Ron Suskind's new book with its impeachment-worthy allegation of the White House instituting a forged document establishing a link between Iraq and al Qaeda. The essence of the explosive claim is set out there along with highlights of initial reaction.

Here's Suskind speaking on the Today show this morning (quoted in Froomkin):
"This is a dynamic situation. There are folks in Congress calling -- they want people under oath -- they said, 'There's only so much a journalist can do. We need to have people under oath with threat of perjury. That's the way to get to the bottom of something this contentious and portentous.'"
Folks in Congress calling...well that's a good sign. I'm sure the White House lawyers are working on their novel, never before heard of legal theory to suppress any possible testimony at this very minute.

More from Suskind:
"'It's one of these instances where you've got a few people whose testimony could mean the impeachment, ostensibly, of the president,' Suskind explained. 'It's enormous pressure on both men.'"
Suskind's got them on tape as well. Will they be heroes? Or zeroes?

Here's one of the better opinion pieces Froomkin points out, Marty Kaplan's take:
"When this came up on MSNBC, moderator Chuck Todd asked Politico's Mike Allen whether this would lead 'the anti-war crowd' in Congress to call for impeachment. Allen replied that it would 'give the lefty blogosphere something to grab onto.'

"And so, in less time than it takes to say 'Dick Cheney,' the subject is changed from what would be one of the most outrageous violations of the Constitution in the history of the Republic to a left/right issue. . . .

"If the White House asked the CIA to cook up this disinformation aimed at the American people, why shouldn't the righty blogosphere, too, be up in arms? Why doesn't every American, regardless of political party, have a stake in the truth and the rule of law?

"I know, I know: that's not Chuck Todd's or Mike Allen's jobs. Unfortunately, the closest that the MSM usually comes to weighing the evidence is saying: Ron Suskind charges X, and the White House denies it. This is what is now called reporting."
And that right there is the problem. We've got that problem in our politics now too. Cancelling out of objective truth by this false partisan equivalency.

If you're super interested, here's an hour of video of Suskind on CSPAN today, here.