Eric at Southern Appeal gets extra points for this summation of the on-again, off-again story of the upcoming retirement of the Chief.
And in other news, you say goodbye and I say hello. Hello. Hello. I don't know why you say goodbye, I say hello.
I'm told word among the WH press corps is that Rehnquist has already submitted his letter, but the WH is sitting on it until next week because they want this weekend to be All Terrorism, All the Time.
"Wouldn't surprise me."
Most telling comment: The problem with this All Terror All the Time theory is that the latest attacks...1. Explode the Flypaper Theory...2. Show that the "War on Terror" is not being won ...3. Emphasize the criminal folly of letting bin Laden remain at large in Pakistan.
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I guess my post was miss-titled. Oh, well...just trying to connect the dots.
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Addendum...My friend Catfish has a blog dedicated to memorabilia and entertainment from "back in the day." His knowlege of motion picture trivia is breath-taking. Thursday he found and published a poster from World War II illustrating the power of social pressure in shaping patriotism. In the hands of focused leadership political will becomes very maleable. Today's leaders are just as focused as those of our parents' generation. And they are just as apt to rely on the same tools to keep their constituents in line. Clearly anyone who questions the WOT is skating closer to treason now than this time last year. Hmm. All Terrorism, All the Time. Not bad. It seems to be working. Maybe sitting on the Rhenquist story for one more weekend will nudge the political will more firmly along.
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Yet another addendum...It seems the Chief has no plans to quit. At least that's what he said after the dust settled. (I do wonder if he bothers to pay attention to the news, his name being bandied about and all that. I'd think he would want to set the record straight before the whole of Washington was trembling with anticipation. Talk about ivory towers!)
I sense something fishy here. What kind of fish? How about red herrings, or mackerels in the sun? (You know, "they shine but they stink.")