Monday, August 27, 2007

Adding Two and Two: Prepare for Huge Scandal

UPDATE THURSDAY AUG 30th. 5:14PM. Could this be it? Independent Inquiry on whether Gonzales perjured himself in regards to sworn testimony on both the US Attorney firings and warrantless domestic spying program.

I don't claim to be a prophet, but I do try to pay attention to things and connect the dots. Many times, this gets me in trouble as I see things coming that are beyond the horizon of folks who are not trying to pay attention and blissfully unaware of the dots scattered all around their feet. They just write me off as a nut or a bore or both when I sound off these warnings.

Later, when what I warned about goes down, they are panicked and act all surprised and get upset. Most of them don't remember that I saw it coming. They don't remember what I said was going to happen, they only remember that they have already decided I am a nut! And now that we are in this unforseen crisis, we have even less time to listen to nuts like that! Instead, we must show even more faith in those who failed to see this coming!

Yep. They just remember me as the guy who hallucinates, even after what I warned them about proves to be all too real. Hey, what I predicted three years ago and what just happened today are dots, two points of data, and like I said, these folks are not good at connecting them.

Anyway, I want to reach out and I thought a good way to get through to them was to try a prediction that has a bit shorter time frame, so that it will be easier to make the connections. Ready? Here goes.... This is Monday night, August 27, 2007. Within 10 days a huge scandal is going to rock the administration. It is going to involve Karl Rove and Alberto Gonzales conspiring to do one of two things: 1) attempting to place political operatives as U.S. attorneys in key spots like Arkansas in order to do things like use their office to mount political prosecutions on potential Democratic candidates or 2) Use the government's new surveillance powers under the "Patriot Act" to do some political spying, or both.

On this one, there are less dots to connect than usual. I will name only a couple of the most obvious. Karl Rove suddenly resigned with precious little explanation that made sense. It was very sudden. This Friday, Alberto Gonzales resigned in a phone call to President Bush, the story just made it out today. It also was sudden and little explanation was given. A phone call! Connect the dots. Something is going on folks. Something is about to hit the fan with such force that a fine coat of fecal matter is going to cover the rest of this Presidency.

As to what it could be, well more dots. What possible issues could connect Rove and Gonzales? Why, the matter of the U.S. Attorney removals has a line to Rove and Gonzales going right through it! The other possibility is that Gonzo was overzealous in the use of some executive branch operations with the new powers under the Patriot Act. Sure they are only supposed to be used against terrorists, but when you are that much in the clique, it is hard to remember sometimes that your political enemies are not always the Country's enemies.

Anyway, we will know by 8 September if I am connecting dots, or just hallucinating!


Anonymous Rick Candler said...

Come on Mark. You must be kidding, right? There have been hundreds of documents turned over to the Democrat controlled congress who are investigating the U.S. Attorney removals and nothing illigal has been found. All we keep hearing from these people is that they were removed for political reasons. Well guess what, thats not illegal. They are political appointees, thats political. They can be removed for almost any reason. The only problem with Gonzales is he wasn't a very good AG.
Second, Rove resigning isn't that unusal. As you know politics is very tiring with very long hours required which means no private life or family time.
One of the rumors I have heard is Rove is looking at joining a Presidential campaign for '08. Whatever is the case I see nothing unusal here.
This will lead to nothing when its all said and done. One would hope with approval ratings the lowest in history for this Democrat controlled Congress (18%)they would be more concerned about health care, social security.......

10:42 AM, August 28, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your analysis is of two independent events. Mark is saying that the two resignations occurring in just one week is a bit coincidental, to say the least.

You don't find this at all unusual? How about the fact that nearly all of Bush's Texas buddies have abandoned him in his hour of need?

11:20 AM, August 28, 2007  
Anonymous Rick Candler said...

No, because I expected Gonzalas to resign 3 months ago. With a holiday weekend coming up they probably thought this was a good time.
Personel will leave this late in an administration to look for other work.

11:54 AM, August 28, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To me, the bigger story is how everyone is abandoning the incompetent and unpopular Bush. I don't think it has anything to do with the '08 elections.

12:28 PM, August 28, 2007  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

Rick I have considered those other factors. I can buy that people would leave, but not like this.

Rove was like a comet out of the blue, and he is not leaving to work for F. Thompson, or anyone else. He was leaving "to spend more time with my family", which is his wife and a son who has already left for college. That does not add up, and Rove does not seem to have any other pressing matter that he jumped ship for.

Rove and Gonzales are two of Bush's oldest and closest confidants. Yes people leave at the end of an administration, but not THOSE people. Those would be the last two out the door unless something was up- somethings up.

Gonzales? Was it a well planned thing or was it leaving in a panic? Well, the report is that he TELEPHONED his resignation Friday evening, but they delayed the announcement until Monday so that "he could have lunch with them at the ranch in Crawford". Can he not have lunch with them after he has resigned? Was he still technically the AG when they met? Was the meeting therefore subject to "executive priv."?

Something is up my friend. I have tried to make some reasonable guess as to what that might be.

1:31 PM, August 28, 2007  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

Well, it seems now AGAG will be around till the 17th of Sept. Hmmmm. That was not what I heard at first.

9:40 PM, August 28, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is the "scandal" the Mexican truck invasion?

8:18 AM, August 31, 2007  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

It ought to be one, but no. I think it is connected to this under-reported story that the Senate has had the Inspector General's Office investigating whether or not Gonzales gave false or misleading testimony to Congress regarding the US Attorneys and the mis-use of spying powers. It was on the news wires yesterday, but apparently few are making the connection even AFTER the story hit.

I think Gonzales resigned in an effort to keep from being prosecuted. Same thing for Rove. The inspector must have evidence connecting the perjury to those two.

10:21 AM, August 31, 2007  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

Rove is leaving today, Gonzales Sept. 17th, Snow officially leaves the 14th. It could be they are expecting the real trouble to start shortly after that.

11:13 AM, August 31, 2007  
Blogger muleboy303 said...

perhaps a few more dots to add...

the "velvet mafia" is again front page news with Senator Craig (curious timing also) and they have connections to the Mark Foley scandal from last year, as well as the Matt Drudge influence on Foley's aborted Senate campaign in Florida a few years ago (allegedly inspired by a face-to-face meeting with Karl Rove and an un-named aide... Tim Griffin?)

add Warner's announcement today, Snow's, etc. makes a most curious confluence.

in addition, Stratfor is reporting high-level discussions within the WH as to whether GW should attend the APEC summit in Australia on Sept 8-9.

but, i would think that if Leahy & co. had solid evidence against AGAG & KR, they would wait to bring it out a day or two before the confirmation hearings for a new AG.

Thus trying to replicate the deal (blackmail really) made with Eliot Richardson in 1973, after John Mitchell resigned. Appoint an IC and we'll confirm you.

time will tell,

many thanks for the heads up,

you may well be onto something here.

p.s. i think there is a good possibility that no AG nomination will ever be made and that Clement will be "allowed" to finish out the 17 months.

4:19 PM, August 31, 2007  

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