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Monday, July 18, 2005

When/whether Dubya will fire a leaker/lawbreaker

I have a high regard for Tom Maguire and his blog, Just One Minute, and for NRO's Ramesh Ponnuru. But I found myself chuckling over their parsing of Dubya's and his press secretary's various pronouncements over time regarding when and whether the President will fire someone who's accused/convicted of a crime/leak in the Plame/Wilson national security breach/circus act.

Guys: Dubya doesn't parse language and he really sucks at dissembling. He doesn't wonder what the meaning of "is" is. He's not a lawyer. Dubya is the anti-Clinton. These are some of the very things that I — and, I believe, tens of millions of other Americans — like best about him.

If Dubya concludes that someone deserves to be fired, he'll fire that someone. If he doesn't, he won't. But right now, it's too soon for him to draw a conclusion one way or the other. Explaining the decision, or the criteria for the decision, or the predicted criteria for the decision, or the evolution over time of the predicted criteria for the decision — these things don't much matter to Dubya. The decision will, but only when it's time for one.

It is exactly that simple. And it should be.

Posted by Beldar at 10:23 PM in Law (2006 & earlier), Mainstream Media, Politics (2006 & earlier) | Permalink

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(1) Boger made the following comment | Jul 20, 2005 12:40:30 AM | Permalink

Concur. 100% Part of his charm, IMHO.

(2) George made the following comment | Jul 22, 2005 3:34:19 AM | Permalink

I agree that the President's charm is rooted in his use of simple language and "straight talk." Like you said, it's part of why tens of millions of Americans really like him. It's also part of why tens of millions of Americans really don't like him.

You're probably right: the President might not have been choosing his words on camera with much intentionality. Nonetheless, the possibility--the strong probability--remains that his shift in language represents a shift in his policy.

I believe that he has changed his mind based on circumstances, and therefore, he has changed his language. It may not have been a conscious choice on his part to use new words, but those new words do still reflect the fact that he has a new approach. Of course, he won't admit to having changed his mind, because the President believes changing your mind to be a sign of weakness.

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