The International Writers Magazine: REALITY CHECK 10.29.05
VIEW FROM THE BARRICADES - Updated 10.29 05
Top Republican Informant Comes Clean
Republicans are reeling. The president has gone haywire and his
approval ratings are plummeting by the week. Iraq has now out-lasted
the First World War in length and busted every American military
record for burning money.
senior advisors are being dragged into court like common thugs and the
Supreme Court is filling up with Bush drinking buddies. The Second Term
curse is in full swing. If there ever was a time to tap into the heart
of the Grand Old Party, it is now.
This means trolling the depths with our resident snitch insider and
all-around character sniper, Georgetown. Usually, even during what Georgetown
dubbed "the dark days of Democrat rule" it was easy to get
an audience with him. The last few years, when the Religious Right started
running the country and propaganda freaks rode high in the saddle, he
called weekly. Things were sunnier then. His team was on top, running
wild inside the Beltway. But times are hard and informants and anonymous
sources have become dangerous liaisons. Jail is a tough place to network,
even for the initiated.
We were supposed to speak two weeks ago when the controversial Harriet
Miers Supreme Court nomination hit the streets and conservative
pundits began having the kind of fits that can shake the foundation
of the Republican power base. The last time a Bush president pissed
these people off ("Read my lips, no new taxes.") it cracked
the party in two, creating the mad troll Ross Perot and ushered in the
Minister of Fun for eight years of gut-busting mayhem. But Georgetown
did not return my repeated calls. The word I got was that he was angered
by my "Karl Rove Is Innocent" campaign, which has obviously
gone belly up. Turns out he wasnt ready to bark.
Late Monday, 10/17 he began to bite.
James Campion: Lets start with the Miers pick for Supreme
Court. Do you, or more to the point; major conservative voices in the
party take this as a slap in the face or another maverick move by a
political loose cannon? Georgetown: Firstly, I do not speak for the
party as a whole or the conservative wing of the party directly. Lets
get it on record that I am more representative of the fiscally conservative
wing. Our problems have been with this bloated federal budget, these
insane immigration laws, the irresponsible Medicare Bill, and this cash-draining
nation building this president promised would never be. I understand
this president is in office because of the fine work done by Rove and
his cronies getting out the religious vote. Rove is the one who has
to worry that these people were assured of a challenge to Roe vs. Wade
this time around if they put his boy back into office, but that is not
jc: So you think the extreme right wing of the party is being unfair
GT: I didnt say that. What Im saying is that if youre
talking to me my problems surround a different argument with this president.
Now, if you were to get into the social conservative wing then these
people have a right to feel betrayed. There are dozens of qualified
judges on the right who have solid records of being strict constructionists
and social conservatives. This is the base of the party now, like it
or not, and they put this administration back in office. The president
owes the base. He has chosen to ignore it. That is going to be a problem
for the 2006 mid-term elections and therein lies the big problem, because,
as it is, you lose seats in a second term mid-term election anyway.
This mess has made it more difficult for key candidates next fall, period.
jc: Its hard to nail down what conservatives Im talking
to. You have the religious conservatives like Jerry Falwell, then there
is the religious/isolationist/fiscal conservatives like Pat Buchanan,
then there is the intelligentsia conservatives like Bill Krystal and
George Will, and then the wacky hick conservatives like Charlie Daniels
and Rush Limbaugh.
GT: Im not sure if Im supposed to respond to this, but I
will say Wills comment that "Miers has had seven decades
on this planet to form an opinion, but there is no record of it"
was brilliant. I thought Stephanopoulos head was going to explode.
jc: If you need a question, Im asking: The conservative outcry
on Miers is what then? Is it primarily with Bushs hubris or a
sense that there are no political guarantees for the Right to Life crowd?
GT: There is a sense that this president has chickened out, yes. He
does not want a fight on this nomination. The Hurricane disaster put
him on this spiral downward and he bet his legacy on this goddamned
war. Now he watches the Social Security battle fizzle out and tries
to avoid further political bloodshed with this god-awful nomination.
jc: Most of these people pot-shotting Bush are hawks. Are you telling
me you didnt defend this war now?
GT: The war is not the issue; it is the post-war plan or policing of
this state with no end that is draining the party politically and crippling
the country financially. Ill tell you this, if you want to see
bloodshed, let this maniac raise taxes to pay for all of it. Then you
will see a revolt.
jc: What are you really worried about? The Democrats cant take
advantage of anything. This president was a fucking mess last summer
and survived it all swimmingly. You think Hillary Clinton has a prayer
to be president? Did you see the poll numbers for 85% of this nation?
These people are living in the dark ages. Caligula would beat Hillary
like a rented mule in 30 states.
GT: To hell with the executive branch. We could jail a Democrat in the
White House if we keep congress. This is what Bush is banking on now.
Think about it. You think one of these Republican Senators will fail
to vote for Miers? Id like to see it. Maybe one will protest.
The rest is history.
jc: With Rove in court daily, you have any idea who is advising Bush
now on whether he should consider rescinding the nomination?
GT: Youre kidding, right? Have you paid no attention to this mans
track record? There are so many yes-people in the White House now it
would be hard to convince the president he isnt the Sun God.
jc: Is Scooter Libby or Karl Rove going to jail? Because that would
GT: I think theyll be indicted and then quit. It will be difficult
to convict these people.
jc: Has there been a second term for a president in our lifetime where
administration lackeys didnt get indicted or investigated for
something or other?
James Campion: Before
we leave these hearings on the Valerie Plame outing case, there is mounting
evidence that this thing leads all the way to the vice presidents
office. Now if Cheney is implicated, in any way, do you think he should
stand trial or resign?
Georgetown: Cheney is untouchable, simply because that is precisely the
type of finger pointing that has gotten this administration in the drink
in Iraq in the first place. Private discussions about enemies of the White
House do not have to end up in the NY Times or on Robert Novaks
desk. This is Libbys problem, not Cheneys.
jc: Yes, but Judith Miller has already testified to the fact that Cheney
used her and the Times as his personal proving ground for war propaganda
as far back as 2002. The vice president planted pro-war evidence in the
Times in mid-week before a Sunday appearance on "Meet The Press"
and then pointed to the story as proof of his argument for invasion. He
did this directly and not with Scooter Libbys assistance or even
knowledge to my understanding.
GT: Look, no one is denying Cheney used his connections in the press to
get his agenda out there. Who doesnt do that? Youre using
me right now?
jc: Im a pissant columnist for a weekly music magazine. This is
the Vice President of the United States, who, by all accounts now, hijacked
the presidency from a hick dunderhead and rushed this nation into war
on flimsy evidence. And all the time this shit-heel is telling everyone
how swimmingly this will all go. I think he predicted a month or two of
clean up, didnt he?
GT: If you want to waste time trying to build a case against a vice president
pushing White House policy on eager reporters youre going to sound
naïve. You know how this works. Its the same reasons you and
I both forgive a conniving little snake like Rove his underhanded weapons
to protect the president. You know how this game works.
jc: Granted, but what about the effect of the Cheney implications on the
GT: Our plans for 06 include spin doctoring this mess away from
the candidates. Thats all that counts now. And theres no sense
speculating on this case until the prosecutor comes clean anyway. Look,
no one with half a brain thinks Cheney didnt leak this info on Plame
to his assistants. It really begins with Cheney, but it should have also
jc: In the end, this whole thing is just a manifestation of the war propaganda
machine that began three years ago. There was a sense of fantasy being
conjured from the Cheney people, through Rumsfelds camp and pumped
into the Oval Office. It is well documented that there was a fight about
making a case for war in the White House, was there not? I specifically
cite Woodwards book that quotes Bush copiously on his indecisiveness
regarding the CIAs "slam dunk" case for invasion.
GT: Ive been trying to tell you this for years now. This myth about
Iraq being Bushs war is nonsense. Its his in the literal sense
that he is commander-in-chief and makes the final call, but I think the
president, and Im pretty sure this is the accepted reality among
top level Republicans, was less a hawk than some voices in this administration,
jc: I smell a Reagan sneak-out-the-back-door plan here. Bush is going
to claim responsibility even though he was duped, right?
GT: I dont agree. Lets leave it at that.
jc: What is your take on this crazy shit former Colin Powell assistant,
Larry Wilkerson recently said about his time at the State Department.
He described the war contingent at the White House as "cowboys",
Condoleezza Rice as "weak" and he said of former defense undersecretary
Douglas Feith: "Seldom in my life have I met a dumber man."
GT: I cant speak for Wilkerson. He said those things at a closed
affair for the New American Foundation.
jc: This may be, but he told the group that the president repeatedly told
the state department to "screw off" when they piped up against
the bogus CIA intelligence, and I quote, "What I saw for four-plus
years was a case I have never seen in my studies of aberrations, bastardizations,
perturbations, changes to the national security decision-making process."
The guy is on record, I saw the tape, as saying the American people should
know that the State Department doesnt exist anymore.
GT: If thats Wilkersons take, then you should take it up with
jc: But my point of bringing it up to you is to get your opinion on if
Wilkerson has an axe to grind or was bumped like Richard Clarke or is
some kind of loose canon. Too many of these former government officials
have piles of dirt on this presidency and this war.
GT: Hes Powells boy. Powell was unhappy about fronting the
war effort to the UN, which the Bush Administration did not have and obviously
does not have any use for. State has to eat shit for war presidents. Its
as old as the hills. This doesnt mean Wilkerson doesnt have
a point, whatever that is, it just means it is common griping.
jc: Look, fuck the war and the recent past, lets just say that this
nations ability to negotiate in the foreign arena has been paralyzed.
Is that a fair statement?
GT: No. It is not fair, and its only broached because it backs your
argument for a Kerry Administration to wipe the slate clean for Bushs
sins. It was not going to happen. Forget my affiliation with the party
and know this; if this president, and not his successor, does not clean
up this mess in Iraq, it will drag on for a decade or more. When Nixon
was handed Viet Nam, he was handed a fixed game. Kerry would have failed
miserably and then shrugged his shoulders and blamed the whole thing on
Bush. But he did not run as an anti-war candidate. That was Howard Deans
trip and he was pummeled in a Democrat primary. These Democrats do not
get to cry foul now. Theyre as guilty as Bush.
© James Campion Oct 29th 2005
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