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In Which We Plan A Visit to McClellanlandia

We were loving the sourcing in this morning's NYT advance on the State of the Union:


The official, who spoke before an auditorium full of journalists, insisted on not being quoted by name. Scott McClellan, the White House press secretary, said the goal in not allowing the use of the official's name was to keep the focus on Mr. Bush.
Hi, is the entire world McClellan's bitch? What's he going to do, ban the NYT from the briefing room? Unreal. Anyway, according to Atrios et al, the official is the White House chief happy-talker himself, Dan Bartlett. See also: Occam's Razor, simplest and most plausible explanation, blah blah.

Anyway, we're dying to know what mysterious power Scott McClellan exercises, so we've applied for a day pass to the press gaggle. Hell, if faux-journalist Jeff Gannon can get score a pass to every gaggle for the last two years, surely we can too? Uh... okay, maybe if we bring Wonkette in a tube top?

Wankers of the Day [Atrios]

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It's the night before the two-night Democratic primary debate extravaganza, and we're already tired. Turns out having 20 candidates spread across two nights when only six or eight of them matter is not the must-see TV we all thought it was going to be! But that's not to dissuade you from getting excited! We're excited! We're so excited! We're so ...

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SCARED!

In case you need a reminder, here is how it's going to go down:

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Lately he's been blowing smoke from another orifice.

After a cursory examination of the TWELVE filings in the case against California Congressman Duncan Hunter just in the past 24 hours, we can confidently declare that that guy is a fucking idiot. The prosecutors have him by every last one of his short and curlies -- which is what happens when you use your campaign credit card to pay for hundreds of thousands of dollars of ski trips, video games, tuition, and plane tickets for the family rabbit.

A rational human being would have pleaded down a year ago and given up his congressional seat, since he could cash out and make a lot more money as a lobbyist anyway. But not Duncan Hunter! He made the federal government chase him down and document every last carton of cigarettes, round of tequila, and Uber ride of shame home from his many girlfriends' houses in a 60-count indictment filed last August. And still this dumb sumbitch refused to admit he was caught, even after his lovely wife (and co-conspirator) Margaret Hunter flipped on him this month -- which is what happens when you use your campaign credit card to carry on multiple affairs and you piss off the US Attorneys enough that they put every 7 a.m. Uber ride in your indictment.

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