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Magpie is a former journalist, attempted historian [No, you can't ask how her thesis is going], and full-time corvid of the lesbian persuasion. She keeps herself in birdseed by writing those bad computer manuals that you toss out without bothering to read them. She also blogs too much when she's not on deadline, both here and at Pacific Views.

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Thursday, October 2, 2003

Nothing's happening. Keep moving.

Magpie was wondering how the far right is spinning the growing White House leak scandal, so we wandered over to our favorite religious-right news site at Crosswalk to see what's up. According to commentator Gary Bauer, nothing's up—it's all just campaign posturing for 2004.

By now you have probably heard about the first alleged Bush scandal. The administration has been charged with leaking the name of a CIA "operative" to the media, a woman who happens to be married to an Administration critic, Joseph Wilson. It is against the law to disclose the names of CIA operatives.

Factually, this is much ado about nothing. The CIA employee was not "covert" and her identity was widely known in Washington, D.C.

Joseph Wilson is hardly an unbiased player. He is a Clinton appointee who has financially supported a number of the current crop of Democrat presidential contenders. He has been affiliated with far left-wing groups that not only opposed the liberation of Iraq, but which also wanted to end the sanctions on Iraq during the Hussein regime.

But the "scandal" is important in this sense - it is a signal that the 2004 campaign will be one of the most bitterly fought in our history. The President's enemies hope to prove Karl Rove is responsible for the leak in order to cripple a key player just as the battle for a second term begins in earnest.

In short, take what your hear on the evening news with a "side order" of great skepticism. The "long knives" are out!


Just to add some perspective on Bauer, he's the former president of the Family Research Council and was Ronald Reagan's chief domestic policy advisor during his second term. Currently, he heads a new right-wing outfit called American Values.

Magpie is sure that Bauer and his ilk will be cranking up their attempts at character assassination against Joseph Wilson and Valerie Plame as the investigation of the leak gets closer to the top of Dubya's administration.

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