A vast Rove conspiracy?

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good conspiracy storyRaw Storynow serving a seven-year federal sentenceKarl RovePresident Bush appointed a to the 11th Circuit Court of AppealsMemeorandum
  • 1. The fact that Karl Rove associates with Republicans is not evidence of a conspiracy. Partisan politics works that way. Republicans know, work with, and assist fellow Republicans, and the same is true of Democrats. Rove is, and has been for many years, one of the top campaign operatives in the GOP. The disclosure that Rove had dealings with Alabama Republicans is, therefore, not news.
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  • 2. Whatever the extent of cooperation among Republicans involved in Siegelman’s conviction, does that in any way exculpate Siegelman for his corruption? Siegelman wasn’t convicted by Karl Rove, but by a federal jury. This is kind of like Hillary Clinton claiming that her husband’s misfortunes were the result of a “vast right-wing conspiracy” — as if President Clinton was not responsible for his Oval Office dalliances and subsequent perjury.
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  • 3. The great thing about accusations of conspiracy is the implicit (and impossible) requirement that critics of the conspiracy theory prove a negative. It’s like the JFK assassination — no matter how many times it is pointed out that Lee Harvey Oswald was an avowed Marxist and Castro supporter, a Marine-trained marksman who fired three shots from the Texas School Book Depository, conspiracy theorists always answer, “Yes, but what about ….?”
eeeevil— Robert Stacy McCain, assistant national editor, The Washington TimesUPDATE 7 p.m.: Hot Air HeadlinesThe Sundries Shack

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