Thursday, June 03, 2004

An exercise in double-mindedness

Bush is consulting a private attorney about representing him in the Plame matter if he is called before the grand jury. Try to sketch out the complex relationship implied by this statement:

"I told our administration that we'll fully cooperate with their investigation," Bush told reporters in the White House Rose Garden after meeting with the visiting Australian prime minister. "I want to know the truth, and I'm willing to cooperate myself."

So Bush, the head of the administration, agrees to cooperate with, uh, himself? Okay, I know, there's Bush Citizen and Bush President and sometimes the two will face off. But doesn't it sound a little goofy when it's put like that?

The attorney with whom Bush met is described in the piece as "a brilliant tactician," (not strategist, apparently - and hey, take it from Howard Dean and Joe Trippi, you really need the latter) and "folksy like a fox."

Folksy like a fox?

I'm not sure if that's a rep I'd go for in practice - I'm not even sure I know what that means. I take it as meaning he's got the small town charm of an uptown shark - or that he's good at using his folksy-ness to disarm his opponents. So does Bush, if you think about it - all that preaching to the mythical "average American," etc.

Folksy like a fox.

Update: Here's more on the foxy attorney:

Legal talking head Jeff Toobin was on CNN this morning. Soledad O'Brien asked him: "Who is Jim Sharp?"

"Jim Sharp -- He's not part of the very high-profile group of Washington lawyers," Toobin said. "He is a well-known Washington lawyer, however. . . . I knew him because in the late '80s in the Iran/Contra investigation he represented Richard Secord. . . . He's had a successful white collar crime practice for a long time, very solid lawyer. Not flashy, not famous, but not a huge surprise that the president would hire someone like him."

Secord. How many of you remember that name? A retired Air Force general, Secord was the chief operative for then-Marine lieutenant colonel Oliver L. North, back when North, working out of the basement of Ronald Reagan's West Wing, engineered covert sales of arms to Iran, with some of the proceeds being covertly used to provide arms to the Contra rebels in Nicaragua, and the rest covertly going into Swiss bank accounts.

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