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Pure Political Spin

Dog scientists at the Austin, TX Poor Man Institute for Freedom, Democracy, and Unlimited Numbers of Ponies for Them That Wants Them report the successful isolation by the Lab of pure political spin, unmixed with any facts or arguments.

The Lab first isolated, as it burbled up from the inky black deep of the River Styx, a William Kristol boson--the only active albeit ever-leaking ingredient in Dan Quayle's brain--to write that the deliberate revelation of Valerie Plame Wilson's identity as an undercover CIA operative was trivial and common, and so not worth a bucket of spit:

William Kristol: In today's Washington, as has been true for decades, classified information is leaked by many different players in any given policy fight in the government. The Bush administration has been replete with leaks of presumably classified information. Is the identity of Valerie Plame the most consequential leak of the last four years? Are Rove and Libby bigger leakers than, say, the CIA's George Tenet or Richard Armitage at the State Department? Do no employees of the Central Intelligence Agency (almost universally anti-Bush and anti-conservative) ever leak anything? If so, have they been indicted, or investigated by a special prosecutor? Any prosecutor?

The Lab also isolated, as it burbled up from the black inky Stygian depths, a Jacob Weisberg anti-boson--which, you will remember, is a highly-excited state of centrist contrarianism--to write that the deliberate revelation of Valerie Plame Wilson's identity as an undercover CIA operative would have been such an unthinkable and heinous crime that it could not have happened--it must have been an accident, and so not worth a bucket of spit:

Weisberg: No one disputes that Bush officials negligently and stupidly revealed Valerie Plame's undercover status. But after two years of digging, no evidence has emerged that anyone who worked for Bush and talked to reporters about Plame%u2014namely Rove or Scooter Libby, the vice president's chief of staff%u2014knew she was undercover. And as nasty as they might be, it's not really thinkable that they would have known. You need a pretty low opinion of people in the White House to imagine they would knowingly foster the possible assassination of CIA assets in other countries for the sake of retaliation against someone who wrote an op-ed they didn't like in the New York Times.

When these two particles collided, they annihilated each other, leaving behind nothing but pure political spin.

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