I break my vacation silence (soon to be enforced by a lack of web access when I decamp to a different hotel, in Chania) to cheer my brother's brilliant idea on how reporters could advance the ball in the Plamegate inquiry, offered in his web column, Getting Worried at the White House:
But here's what that makes me think: if reporters want to help get New York Times reporter Judith Miller out of jail, let's contact every conceivable person who might have been her source, and ask them (or their lawyers): if for some reason Judy Miller were in jail thinking that she's protecting you, would that be a mistake? Would you tell that to her lawyer?
Let's start with Rove, Cheney Chief of Staff I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, deputy national security adviser Elliot Abrams, Cheney national security adviser John Hannah, counselor Dan Bartlett, press secretary Scott McClellan, former press secretary Ari Fleischer — and every other person's name who has ever even remotely been attached to this story in the past.
What have we got to lose? Is anyone with me, or shall I get going myself.
I think Dan is going to be quite busy…
cute idea, but it assumes that the politicians the question is put to would answer the question.
in reality it would be more like:
reporter: so, would it be a mistake for plame to be in jail protecting you as her source?
politician: well, this is a serious investigation that’s going on, and it’s not over yet.
let’s let the investigators do their work, blah blah blah
miller, that is.
Your brother IS really brilliant, not the least of reasons being that he quoted my blogsibling Tom Spencer at Corrente in his WaPo column, for making a commonsense observation about Rove. Tell him thanks.