QUESTION: Scott, is it true that the President --***
SCOTT McCLELLAN: Welcome back.
QUESTION: Thanks. Is it true that the President slapped Karl Rove upside the head a couple of years ago over the CIA leak?
SCOTT McCLELLAN: Are you referring to, what, a New York Daily News report? Two things: One, we're not commenting on an ongoing investigation; two, and I would challenge the overall accuracy of that news account.
QUESTION: That's a comment.
QUESTION: Which part of it?
QUESTION: Yes, that is.
QUESTION: Which facts --
SCOTT McCLELLAN: No, I'm just saying -- no, I'm just trying to help you all.
QUESTION: So what facts are you challenging?
SCOTT McCLELLAN: Again, I'm not going to comment on an ongoing investigation.
QUESTION: You can't say you're challenging the facts and then not say which ones you're challenging.
SCOTT McCLELLAN: Yes, I can. I just did.
Sec of State Condoleeza Rice responds in her legendary forthright manner to Sen Joe Biden's when-will-the-troops-come-home question:
"I don't want to hazard what I think would be a guess, even if it were an assessment, of when that might be possible."***
Bruce Bartlett relates what happens when you dance too long with who brung you in shoes that don't fit.
The truth that is now dawning on many movement conservatives is that George W. Bush is not one of them and never has been…. George W. Bush has never demonstrated any interest in shrinking the size of government. And on many occasions, he has increased government significantly…. Conservative intellectuals have known this for a long time, but looked the other way for various reasons…. Of course, this doesn't say much for the conservative movement. At best, conservatives were naive about Bush. At worst, they sold out much of what they claim to believe in.***