Jan 28, 2007

Green Is My Favorite Color...

Libby Trial: A Case of Petty Jealousy

Sure, the trial of Scooter Libby is a hopelessly complex Washington story about alleged lying and not about whether someone knowingly leaked the name of a covert CIA agent to the press, which was what it was supposed to be about in the first place. Whew. But here's something about it that's not complex: The folks in the West Wing seemingly suffer the same petty jealousies and problems we all have at the office. And they spend an awful lot of time figuring out how to play the press. (As in: Leak things on Fridays because, as ex-veep press secretary Cathie Martin says, "Fewer people pay attention to it late on Friday. Fewer people pay attention when it's reported on Saturday.")

That is not exactly rocket science, but there you have it: That's what the powerful aides to the most powerful people in the world spend a lot of time thinking about. Or, say, going on Meet the Press to "control the message."

And what about this: A delicious fight between the president's office and the OVP (that's the vice president's office) about who got a better defense from the podium at the White House. As part of its defense (and don't ask me why), Team Libby decided to go after Karl Rove, the president's top political adviser. He appeared before the grand jury five times in this case and was not indicted. In any case, Libby's lawyers whine that the White House was out to protect Rove and throw Libby to the wolves. <


Anonymous Anonymous said...


Looking forward to more fighting!

I love a good fight.

10:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Step right up and get your tickets! Get your tickets here!

Rove vs Libby

The fight of the century! LOL

Popcorn..peanuts..cotton candy..


11:02 AM  
Anonymous fussbudget said...

We never really get out of junior high.

11:27 AM  
Blogger Quzi Formerly CC said...

Just love me a good catfight in the WH...LOL

11:42 AM  
Anonymous teak said...

The local kids sell magazine subscriptions during their 10th grade year. With 3 kids and other local kids knocking on the door on off years, and a quota to meet or a fine to pay if they don't sell enough for the class (for their senior trip), I was looking for more bang for my buck.

'Newsweek' ran the best deal and a freebie to boot. That rag has gone downhill since Bush gang got elected but the about face came the week of election '04. Their many "didn't want to embarrass the Pentagon or the White House because of the sensitivity of the matter" sources are numerous.

I didn't renew 'Newsweek', done with all those rags along with 'Reader's Digest' too, not the same anymore. Smartest choice. ESPN, at least I earned a side-ways glance from my sons when I just as much as they did on college players as they did and respect in the end for watching sports. I read their mags. Should have renewed that one, but my daughter got the girlie mags this time. Which brings us back to the green eyed monster.

11:50 AM  
Anonymous teak said...

Sorry, read through the mess, I hit the wrong button instead of the preview. Not.enough.coffee.yet.

11:53 AM  
Anonymous Shamrock said...

Mine too. I am with you, Fitz!

Powers/Abilities: Shamrock is possessed by the souls of thousands of victims of wars. The souls manifest themselves as poltergeists which affect probability within a 20-foot radius of Shamrock, altering situations so that she is given an advantage ("good luck").

12:06 PM  
Blogger GrandmaNuk said...

I've had some questions about MTP in the past. Cathie Martin's testimony verified for me that Tim Russert has been throwing softballs to these goons for quite some time. Whenever I see a logical train of thought forming, with the next question a tough one......change the subject.


12:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shamrock said...

Powers/Abilities: Shamrock is possessed by the souls of thousands of victims of wars. The souls manifest themselves as poltergeists which affect probability within a 20-foot radius of Shamrock, altering situations so that she is given an advantage ("good luck").

LOVE this idea!

Would someone please get several shamrock plants, for Patrick and the rest of Team Fitz?

I would love to see all of Team Fitz -- I mean Team America -- wearing shamrock boutonnieres to court.


Go here for boutonniere-pinning instructions:


(I wonder how many victims of the Iraq war on the other side are using this technology to help out at this time!)

1:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The earliest reference to the shamrock was in the 5th century when St. Patrick used the shamrock to explain the Trinity to the Druids. There is no proof of knowing that this really happened, however, the shamrock continued to become a part of Irish legend and history. Today in Ireland, the three-lobed leaf is a symbol of Ireland and is proudly worn as a “good luck” badge on St. Patrick’s day.

The “lucky clover” is not the same as the Shamrock plant sold at the grocery stores around St. Patrick’s day. The word shamrock is derived from Celtic word, “trefoil” (three-leafed), or “little clover". Trifolium repens is the small white clover that is found in lawns and also used as a green manure cover crop. Irish experts consider this to be the true shamrock. Although, others may argue that the yellow flowered (Trifolium dubium) is the real deal. Both are difficult to grow indoors.

The ones sold in grocery stores referred to as a “shamrock” belong to a large family of Oxalis with over 800 varieties, native to Chile and South Africa. They grow from small corms or tuberous roots which produce delicate, clover-like leaves that close at night (nyctinstic movements). The leaves range from a green to purple with flowers that come in a variety of colors; white, cream, yellow, pink, purple and red.
Oxalis regnelli, sold as the shamrock plant, has white flowers and green foliage. Another version, O. triangularis has purple leaves with pinkish to white flowers.

2:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I gather from this article that clovers are really shamrocks and "shamrocks" sold in grocery stores are really oxalis.

Is that right???

(Why does This Case, and shamrocks vs. clovers vs. oxalis plants, have to be so confusing?)

I take a particular interest in this subject because I have an affinity for a particular plant that grows wild near where I used to live. (I always called it clovers, but gathering from the article above, it is a variety of oxalis.) Whatever it is, I love it.

Before I moved into my current house a couple of years ago, I dug up some of those "clovers" and planted them in my back yard here. With the intention of someday having my entire back yard filled with these beautiful clovers.

They have great big green three-lobed leaves and they produce beautiful purply-pink flowers.


If you have any additional knowledge about the qualities/powers of the aforementioned plants, I'd be very interested to hear it!

2:42 PM  
Anonymous Shamrock Fitzgerald said...

Click my link. :)

2:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The little soldier is going to need all the shamrock that he can find in his dead horse case. fitz is the shamrock and Libby is the little gnome whose ass is about to be cooked in the case.

I am not surprised by the jealousies, bickering, and bakcstabbing that was happening in the WH. That is the world that many of us are not in and not living in. And Rove and Cheney will throw one another under the bus on the witness stand. This trial is everybody for himself or herself.

4:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Libby's defense has been from the get go a 3 leaf clover. He never had 4!


4:25 PM  
Blogger Jackie said...

Libby couldn't be found innocent even with a 4 leaf clover, bottom line Libby's hosed.

6:48 PM  

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