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7/18/2005 08:29:00 PM | Timothy

Moving the goal posts? More like another stadium
The title of this post is a paragraph of what Howard Fineman said today on MSNBC's Countdown about the President's redefinition of what it takes to get fired in his administration. Andrew Sullivan posts:
QUOTES OF THE DAY: "If anyone in this administration was involved in it [the improper disclosure of an undercover CIA operative's identity], they would no longer be in this administration." - Scott McClellan, September 29, 2003.

"I don't know of anyone in my administration who has leaked. If somebody did leak classified information, I'd like to know it, and we'll take the appropriate action. And this investigation is a good thing." - president Bush, September 30, 2003.

"I would like this to end as quickly as possible so we know the facts and if someone committed a crime they will no longer work in my administration," - president Bush, today.
Sullivan continues:
I think it's possible to parse these statements as meaning the same thing. I just don't think you can and have any record deploring Bill Clinton's use of legal semantics.


Dartblog's gloss on this:"As Andrew Sullivan points out, it is all semantics."

Um, hello? Go back and read what Sullivan said.

Update: Now THIS is some semantic parsing, and probably what Sullivan had in mind when he wrote his post.



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