Carnival of the Rovegate

· Republicans

Tony Pierce holds Glenn Reynolds feet to the fire, the Editors point out that the Washington press corps isn’t having an attack of conscience right now, Frank Rich analyses the Watergate analogy, John Aravosis asks the musical question, “If Karl Rove is fully complying then why does the president have to wait for the investigation to be over for him to know if Karl was the leaker?” Kyra Phillips identifies a smear campaign against… no, not Joe Wilson, David Corn, who broke the story originally, updates us on the stonewall strategy, Bull Moose Marhsall Whitman quips “for Bush to get rid of Rove, would be like Charlie McCarthy firing Edgar Bergen,” and Joshua Marshall reports that Rove at al. are back to smearing Wilson again, all on deep background so they’re willing to leak about a criminal investigation but not talk about it on the record?

Take Back California is looking for a Development Director

· Reform

Take Back California is a nonprofit promoting clean-money elections. I’m on its advisory board and the Executive Director is my friend and colleague Dan Newman. They are currently searching for a part-time or full-time Development Director:

The Development Director is responsible for building, leading and growing the development functions of Our main focus is on major gifts and foundation grants; we have initial efforts currently underway in both these areas. The director will be expected to provide leadership to board members and staff regarding all development functions of the organization. Key responsibilities include planning and implementing:

  • An annual development plan (including task lists for staff, board, and volunteers)

  • An individual solicitation program including:

    • Major donor campaign (identification, cultivation, solicitation research)

    • Coordination of event planning (house parties and similar small events initially)

  • Grant solicitation (including local and national foundations)

  • Preparation of development materials (annual reports, e-newsletter, etc.)

Reform Comments are off for this post.

Basketball Practice

· dKo journal

I know this isn’t really a usual topic for me, but one thing I find a little bit embarrassing for the professional NBA basketball players is that you can see them out there–just minutes before the game starts–and they’re practicing! I mean, isn’t it a little late for that? They should have thought of it before.

What he don’t know won’t hurt him

· American Glasnost

According to Editor and Publisher:

Lawrence O’Donnell, the MSNBC analyst who first broke the Rove/Cooper link on Friday, wrote on the Huffington Post blog today, that Rove’s lawyer had “launched what sounds like an I – did – not – inhale defense. He told Newsweek that his client ‘never knowingly disclosed classified information.’ Knowingly.
“Not coincidentally, the word ‘knowing’ is the most important word in the controlling statute ( U.S. Code: Title 50: Section 421). To violate the law, Rove had to tell Cooper about a covert agent ‘knowing that the information disclosed so identifies such covert agent and that the United States is taking affirmative measures to conceal such covert agent’s intelligence relationship to the United States.'”

No time to go wobbly

· American Glasnost

Last November I voted against torture. I voted against the party that was making excuses for, defending, and facilitating torture. I’m not particularly proud of myself for this, but I did wonder how others could convince themselves that supporting the party of torture was OK or justified or necessary. Now (Setting the bar, absolutely) I’m starting to understand:

Gregory Djerejian gets comments I can only dream about:

let me put this delicately. some in my circles view your blog as giving aid and comfort to terrorists, which, if treasonous, is not protected under the first amendment… at the very least, you could be shut down, and, in the US at least, I trust you know the consequences of treason if determined by a court of law (other countries have no such compunction… in your travels, I suggest you watch your back). you call yourself a patriot. don’t you know we are at war? just a friendly reminder to someone I believe has good intentions, but whose actions are misguided. don’t let them lead you down the path of dishonor. prisoner abuse, if you look hard enough (and sometimes not so hard) can be found in any country and should be criticized, much less condoned… but in dwelling on such issues, I think you have your priorities way off. when prosecuting a war against terrorism, caring about our enemies (in the sense of placing mint-chocolate on their pillows every evening for their efforts before they go bed, i.e. their state of mind, welfare and general wellbeing) should be the least of our worries… in basketball, if you commit an offensive foul, you take note of it and move on. if you get enough of them you sit out, but that doesn’t mean you stop the game. you see it to its conclusion doing everything you can to help the team win. like the president (coach) sez, you’re either with us or against us. which side are you on?

This apparently comes in response to this….

I realize that this throws a really icky asymmetry into the Aristotelian universe of polite American centrism, but I’ve crunched the numbers. As I said in January:

You don’t want a partisan battle. I don’t want one either – that’s exactly the opposite of what I want. I want you to actively oppose the Gonzales nomination and the legitimization of extra-legal torture. I want Republicans to fight against this damned thing so it stops and never happens again. There will be no ratification of torture if both sides oppose it. But if we don’t come together on this, and if it turns into partisan fight, and if it ends up validating the President’s supra-legal authority to torture who he pleases, the fault will not lie with those who tried to stop it. The blame will be on those who excused it, and on those who, while claiming opposition, stood around and did nothing….

I propose this: a scale, inspired by the invaluable Crackpot Index, by which to measure anyone’s level of seriousness in dealing with the full panoply of issues presented by the torture/abuse scandals. Everyone starts at a base of zero; positive scores represent positive stands against torture, negative scores represent disingenuous pro-torture stands. This Sabermetric Torture Apologist/Adversary Rating, or STAR, can then be used to determine not just the pro or con position of a given argument, but even the absolute magnitude of such a position. It can be divided into STAR Per Word or STAR Per Minute Average (SPWA or SPMA), and plotted over time, or used to give a normalized measure of how intensely one supports or opposes torture. This ruleset could perhaps be written into some kind of internet robot, which could spider through the world wide web, and, through the magic of computers, automate the process completely, leaving everyone free to pursue other interests, like embroidery or necrophilia.

Be sure to read the Editors’ full post because, in penance for highjacking so much of his buttery rich copy, I’ve left out some good bits from the above and I’ve cut his full delineation of the STAR calculation systems at the end of his last entry before rehab / detox / hiatus / ‘n’ shit.