WASHINGTON, Oct. 13
Our paralysis over Fitzgerald (indictments or no indictments?) and Miers (fascinating confirmation hearings or mythical withdrawal? ) is nearly absolute.
That makes writing The Note every day right now nearly impossible. Anything that appears below is simply the product of the cutting and pasting of the work of 1,000 Googling monkeys. We can't even think straight, let alone type straight.
Our plea: please let the shoes drop.
That is the exact mindset of the entire Gang of 500.
Trust us. This we know.
Breaking through the clutter, beyond the data-obsessed focus on the too-grim-for-words NBC/WSJ poll numbers (see below):
1. IF a senior White House official is indicted, the only possible way we can see that the Administration could fight it off (and the indicted could stay in office) would be to use an argument like the one made by Richard Cohen in his column today: that mistakes were made, but the criminalization of routine political acts is bad for America. LINK
It's an argument that Paul Begala and other Longhorns have made before. And it doesn't necessarily conflict with the Notion that Patrick Fitzgerald has run a "very dignified investigation," as the President quite Notably said this week.
2. Fred Barnes implicitly attacks Bill Kristol and says Miers deserves her day in court, erh, the hearing room. LINK
3. And/but Peggy Noonan says Miers should withdraw now, and explains it as only Peggy can. LINK
Seemingly free of what is afflicting us, President Bush participates in a video teleconference with US troops at 9:45 am ET. Per ABC News' Ann Compton, "The live teleconference will actually be President Bush getting live feedback from the field -- 10 American soldiers and one Iraqi -- telling him about security in the city of Tikrit for this constitutional referendum."
The second installment of Dr. James Dobson's "here's what Karl Rove told me" radio broadcast on Harriet Miers airs today.
Sens. Richard Lugar (R-IN) and Barack Obama (D-IL) hold a briefing on "Responding to Rising Gas Prices: How Automakers Can Rescue Jobs and Profits by Improving Fuel Economy" in the Hart Senate Office Building at 2:00 pm ET.
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) stumps for his ballot measures at a 1:00 pm ET campaign event at the Hilton Burbank Airport and Convention Center.
At 3:00 pm ET in downtown Los Angeles, Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) will announce his opposition to Proposition 75, the "paycheck protection" measure. Proposition 75 would, in Kerry's view, "silence the voices of firefighters, teachers and nurses and increase the power corporate special interests have over government."
Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN) campaigns in Iowa today. His first three events are in Des Moines. He has two "meet and greet" events as well as a 6:00 pm ET reception honoring Iowa state Rep. Peterson. He then travels to Ames, IA for an 8:45 pm ET reception honoring state Assistant Minority Leader Lisa Heddens.
Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam speaks at the National Press Club in Washington, DC at 10:00 am ET.
The AFL-CIO and the China Currency Coalition hold a press conference to call on the Bush Administration to take "real action against China's illegal currency manipulation" at the National Press Club starting at 10:00 am ET.