Thursday, October 27, 2005

Tweety the Prophet 

We naturally assumed that special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald was twiddling his thumbs on the Plame indictments with the express intention of driving Yr. Mst. Bnvlnt. Dspt. stark raving bugfuck, but the well-connected sharpies at Raw Story insist that "the situation remains fluid" because a couple of Mr. Fitzgerald's hitherto-uncooperative targets have been seized by a sudden, overwhelming urge to help out in any small way they can. We happen to be well-connected ourselves, but when rumors are flying too thick and fast for us to keep track of, we turn to the one inside source we know we can always rely upon -- Leah Garchick, gossip columnist for the S.F. Chronicle:
A San Franciscan shopping at Brooks Brothers in New York on Monday ran into Chris Matthews of "Hardball.'' If you run into Sarah Jessica Parker, you talk shoes; if you run into Matthews, you talk politics. The San Franciscan reported to pals that Matthews predicted indictments -- from the grand jury considering the outing of Valerie Plame -- and the names he mentioned were Karl Rove, Lewis "Scooter'' Libby and the big kahuna, Dick Cheney.

I called Matthews to check it out, and he didn't deny the mention, saying that he's stopped all the time by people in the street, and he's so excited he can't help talking about "the whole thing opening up, how the administration developed the case for war. ... You shouldn't go to war on background. You've got to make the case on the record, tell the world.'' But although Matthews said Libby's description of "getting information on how to deal with the press from his boss ... was basically tossing it back to his principal,'' Matthews stopped short of predicting a Cheney indictment. "I think he'll be called as a witness. He'll be testifying.''

(Future information-gathering lesson: Go shopping; it loosens lips.)
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