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Bizarre Exchange from That Press Conference

July 12, 2005

Yes, that press conference. The press conference in which Press Secretary, Scott McClellan refused to answer any questions about Karl Rove’s involvement in the revelation of Valerie Plame’s identity and uttered the phrase “ongoing investigation” no fewer than eight times in the act of said refusals. I don’t want to get into that whole Karl Rove thing here, but there was this bizarre exchange in the middle of it all:

Q Scott, since President William Howard Taft became Chief Justice after his presidency, you would not rule out the President nominating former law school professor Bill Clinton to the Supreme Court, would you? And if you wouldn’t, we can report that President Clinton is under consideration, can’t we?

MR. McCLELLAN: Well, that’s the first time I’ve heard that name suggested. I know there are a lot of names being suggested out there, and you know that I’m not going to get into speculating about any particular names.

Q One follow-up. Considering the widespread interest and the absolutely frantic Democrat reaction to Karl Rove’s excellent speech to conservatives last month, does the President hope that Karl will give a lot more speeches?

MR. McCLELLAN: He continues to give speeches. He was traveling this weekend talking about the importance of strengthening Social Security. And he has continued to go out and give speeches.

This reminds me so much of that Gannon malarkey. Eerily so.

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