**: The email situation--(2)--seems like a potential exception to this "default rule" because there's now no clean way to extract a promise of confidentiality before it's too late. Make it a "default default rule" then. Update: Reader S.P. says you can always extract the promise of confidentiality in an introductory email. Then, if the receipient agrees, you send the unhinged flamer! Good point. ...
***: But can the sources weasel out, Judith-Miller-style? 7:26 P.M. link
Interviewing Grover Norquist is always a good idea! From A.L. Bardach's piece on Ken Mehlman:
"By the 2006 elections, we'll have gas prices down, people will have forgotten about Katrina, and we'll get the troops coming home from Iraq," ... And then for the coup de grace, says Norquist, his baby face breaking into a wide grin: "We'll bring in al-Zarqawi and Osama Bin Ladin." [Emph. added]
Norquist also talks about the Plame case:
"If Cheney is involved in any way, then [Scooter] Libby pleads guilty and stops the hemorrhaging."
And then Bush pardons both of them? I ask.
"Sure," says Norquist.
But: If Cheney's involved, how does Libby pleading guilty stop the hemorrhaging? 7:02 P.M.
Stephanopoulos is a River in Egypt: Here's This Week'sGeorge Stephanopolous on whether the 1994 "Contract with America" helped the Republicans take Congress:
I don't think that made any difference. ... I think a tax increase and raising taxes on Social Security had a lot more to do with it.
He's in some kind of liberal revisionist denial, right? To pick one salient issue, does Stephanopoulos really think the contract's call for welfare reform, which Clinton campaigned on in 1992 but backburnered, and which Newt Gingrich talked about obsessively, didn't make "any difference"? 4:05 A.M.
Another patient denied a "good death," despite expert opinions: An 11-year old girl said to be in a "vegetative state with no hope of recovery"-- begins to recover, according to Malkin. ... Where's the fabled Republican message machine when it comes to publicizing this story in the MSM? It tends to put GOP activism over Terri Schiavo in a favorable light, no? 3:08 A.M.