Friday, July 23, 2004
Anyone doubting that Karl Rove is awake...
Now, the White House has flip-flopped to claim that the earlier declaration was inadvertent and incorrect.
The Pentagon on Friday released newly discovered payroll records from President Bush's 1972 service in the Alabama National Guard, though the records shed no new light on the future president's activities during that summer.The documents which they have released offer no new evidence, and hence, no support for Bush's claims. If these are official documents, and they are the best the White House can come up with, I think it certainly leads one to conclude Bush et al. are simply liars. This stupid game over Bush's records makes perfect sense for two reasons: 1. Rove is a political genius who's knack for timing has long aided his pet politicians. 2. Bush was technically AWOL and any honest release of the documents would resulting in accusations of desertion, and undoubtedly, a failed 2004 campaign.
A Pentagon official said the earlier contention that the records were destroyed was an "inadvertent oversight."
Like records released earlier by the White House, the newly released computerized payroll records show no indication Bush drilled with the Alabama unit during July, August and September of 1972. Pay records covering all of 1972, released previously, also indicated no guard service for Bush during those three months.
I'm sure this will not be the last "leak" of distracting information we get over the next week as the Democratic convention fires up. Expect the GOP to follow up on the leak of the Berger investigation with something more potent to cast shadow over the Democrats in Boston. Unfortunately, the GOP, and Rove for sure, are far from finished in this political fight.
Be very afraid.
These guys are backed into a corner right now.
They are cagey to begin with.
They are dangerous when survival is at stake.