April 3, 2004

Behind The Curtain. Eleanor Clift: "In exchange for allowing Condoleezza Rice to testify under oath, President Bush gets to bring along his vice president when he appears privately before the commission. A top Republican strategist dubbed the legal document striking the unusual deal 'the Wizard of Oz letter' because it strips away the myth that Bush is in charge. ... With the revelation of the tandem testimony, nobody with a straight face can deny Cheney is a co-president or worse, the puppeteer who pulls Bush's strings. Aside from being fodder for the late-night comics, the arrangement confirms Bush's inability to articulate anything without a script -- or a tutor by his side."

Flip: "President Bush, spending a long weekend on his Texas ranch, gave no ground, and several aides said he will not change his mind on letting Rice testify." AP, March 29, 2004. ... Flop: "Today I have informed the Commission [that] Condoleezza Rice, will provide public testimony." Statement to the Press, March 30, 2004. ... More than 100 Bush flip-flops from CAP and Compassiongate.

White House notes on how to deal with Richard Clarke's 9/11 testimony were accidentally left in a Starbucks by a Pentagon employee. Check 'em out here.

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