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Cui Bono

September 16th, 2004 · No Comments

So, I’m not quite tinfoil-hat enough yet to buy the “Rove planted ’em!” theory of these memos, but man is this turning into a windfall for Bush. The story about his National Guard service—which I don’t care about, but presumably weakens the whole “man of character” image for those who think he’s got any—turns out to be basically true, but ends up being poisoned and taken off the table by the memo screw-up. The fake memos can now be referenced as a conversation-ender any time some talking head tries to raise the issue. And we get a weeklong news orgy on CBS’s liberal bias. Rove should at least send the forger a “thank you” note.

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