You may only read this site if you've purchased Our Kampf from Amazon or Powell's or me
• • •
"Mike and Jon, Jon and Mike—I've known them both for years, and, clearly, one of them is very funny. As for the other: truly one of the great hangers-on of our time."—Steve Bodow, head writer, The Daily Show

"Who can really judge what's funny? If humor is a subjective medium, then can there be something that is really and truly hilarious? Me. This book."—Daniel Handler, author, Adverbs, and personal representative of Lemony Snicket

"The good news: I thought Our Kampf was consistently hilarious. The bad news: I’m the guy who wrote Monkeybone."—Sam Hamm, screenwriter, Batman, Batman Returns, and Homecoming

October 22, 2005

Time For An Old Joke

So, according to this Daily News story that's been zipping around the planet, George Bush knew in September, 2003 that Karl Rove had leaked Valerie Plame's identity.

Of course, on October 7, 2003, Bush said this:

REPORTER: Mr. President, how confident are you the investigation will find the leaker in the CIA case?

BUSH: I don't know if we're going to find out the senior administration official... I don't have any idea. I'd like to. I want to know the truth.

As I wrote some time ago, Bush was being just as sincere and credible as Bill Clinton would have been if he'd ever said this:

REPORTER: Mr. President, did you have sex with Monica Lewinsky?

CLINTON: I don't know if we're going to find out whether I had sex with her. I don't have any idea. I'd like to. I want to find out the truth.

Posted at October 22, 2005 04:31 PM | TrackBack

The source is a presidential counselor. Apparently a good rat knows how to flee a sinking ship.

Posted by: En Ming Hee at October 22, 2005 08:57 PM

Yes. And rats don't get much better than these people.

Posted by: Jonathan Schwarz at October 23, 2005 08:16 PM

What if the source was Harriet Meiers? If she was confirmed to the Supreme Court, would the rule still hold by which she would not be required to recuse herself, if the case against her went to the Supreme Court?

Posted by: Adam Kotsko at October 23, 2005 09:00 PM

I believe she's only allowed to not recuse herself if she's old hunting buddies with Dick Cheney.

Posted by: Sully at October 24, 2005 12:55 AM


Sophisticated thinkers (for instance, Richard Cohen) understand the whole idea of "rules" and "laws" and "abominations before God" is passe.


Again, you're making the mistake of thinking there are rules of any kind. This will only hinder you if you—like all good Americans—yearn to climb to the top of the huge hill of dung.

Posted by: Jonathan Schwarz at October 24, 2005 05:59 AM

I think we now know the truth - Clinton did NOT "have sex with" Monica (not real sex.)

Posted by: mistah charley, ph.d. at October 24, 2005 12:50 PM