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It is with tremendous sadness that we must convey the news that Steve Gilliard, editor and publisher of The News Blog, passed away June 2, 2007. He was 42.

To those who have come to trust The News Blog and its insightful, brash and unapologetic editorial tone, we have Steve to thank from the bottom of our hearts. Steve helped lead many discussions that mattered to all of us, and he tackled subjects and interest categories where others feared to tread.

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The Power of Guilty

Note: this is the 203rd post with the new system

In Closing Pleas, Clashing Views on Libby’s Role


In his closing argument, Patrick J. Fitzgerald, the chief prosecutor, said that disclosure of Ms. Wilson’s identity was used by the White House to discredit her husband’s assertions that the Bush administration had distorted intelligence to justify invading Iraq. He said the disclosure of her name cast a cloud over the Bush White House in general and over Mr. Cheney in particular
The word guilty has power.

To have the word guilty attached to the White House, especially Dick Cheney, has a power that can define perceptions.

Fitzgerald came out swinging, hard, against Cheney. Why? Because he could.

See, this is where rejecting the ISG comes in. Cheney lost his protectors both within and without the Bush family. The establishment needed something to hang on, and Cheney basically spit in their face.

Cheney can dig in all he wants, but the wurlitzer will cut him down if Libby is convicted. Questions will grow. Already people are questioning his sanity and they are saying "what happened to Dick". Soon, his health will come into play.

But imagine the newscasts "Cheney aide found guilty". That will influence a lot of people. Because the word guilty has power, and it is not a word anyone wants near a White House

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