In One Eye
Thursday, October 13, 2005
Can you say "toast"?
Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) has been subpoenaed to turn over personal records and documents as federal authorities step up a probe of his July sales of HCA Inc. stock, according to sources familiar with the investigation.Miers, Rove, DeLay, Frist: They're all falling like dominoes.
It occurs to me that during Watergate and then during Irangate, the tendentious defenses of the presidents of the time were that he was out of the loop and really had no idea what his subordinates were doing. In the former instance, this turned out to be a blatant lie, but in the latter instance, it was likely true. (Who can forget Ronald Reagan, in the first stage of his Alzheimer's disease, asking plaintively who could remember what they had done on a specific date?)
At any rate, given what we now know about the Bush II administration, it seems likely that the defense that the president had no idea what was going on will hold true. I'm not saying that this is a good thing because it looks like Dear Leader is simply too stupid to be culpable in any of this.
In the end, the conclusions of the Tower Commission are still salient: The president's disengagement from the management of his White House has created conditions which allow all kinds of hell to break loose.