- According to various blogs (too many to link to, and you visit them all anyway, but Crooks and Liars offers a video sampling done by Bill Maher, and ThinkProgress has more), The Wall Street Journal and Faux News have launched a campaign to suggest that Fitzgerald's investigation is intended to "criminalize politics." I should say that they and others are abetting this campaign, because it pretty clearly originated in the Rovian lizardbrain. The idea is that outing Joe Wilson's wife as a covert agent of the U.S. government amounted to acceptable politics as usual, rather than being a despicable, attention-diverting, deliberate attempt to endanger someone serving her country in a covert role. I remember what Republicans would've called outing a covert operative when I was a lad: treason.
- Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison apparently gave a virtuoso performance on Meet the Press over the weekend, complaining that she sure hopes this darned prosecutor fellow won't stoop to charging anyone with perjury or obstruction. Video is also at Crooks and Liars; Senator Hutchison likened the possibility of perjury charges to what they did to poor Martha Stewart, "where they couldn't find a crime and they indict on something that she said about something that wasn't a crime." Yow.
More from America's favorite cheerleader Senator: she hopes that if there is an indictment, "it is an indictment on a crime and not some perjury technicality where they couldn't indict on the crime and so they go to something just to show that their two years of investigation was not a waste of time and taxpayer dollars." Yow.
Jake Tapper, former grunge reporter turned very pretty television star, blogs about this, contrasting Senator Hutchison's one-time feelings on perjury as they concerned President Clinton's penis. Feelings she expressed in the Congressional Record. As she was voting to convict the President in his impeachment trial. For perjury.
Kay Bailey Hutchison is just too goddam stupid to be allowed in the United States Senate.
We're not, of course, surprised by any of these feats of terpsichory. A rose is a rose is a rose. And a lying, corrupt maggot is a lying, corrupt maggot. Is a Republican pundit or politician.