Thursday, August 10, 2006

OK -- you want me to endorse a conspiracy theory regarding the U.K. terror plot? Here's one conspiracy theory I could imagine being true, based on this:

[White House spokesman Tony] Snow said Bush first learned in detail about the plot on Friday, and received two detailed briefings on it on Saturday and Sunday, as well as had two conversations about it with British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

Here's the theory: If the Bushies had wanted Joe Lieberman to win, they'd have pressured Tony Blair to act before Tuesday (just as they pressured Blair to fire Jack Straw a few months ago). Maybe they'd have even leaked word of the plot themselves before Tuesday.

Would ratcheting up the fear have helped Lieberman beat Lamont? Doesn't matter. Surely the Bushies think it would have; surely they think there are Scoop Jackson Democrats in Connecticut who would have been inspired to vote for Lieberman if the fear factor had been increased by Election Day.

They held off -- because they think Joe is worth more to them as an alleged victim of weak-on-defense liberalism than as a guy who beat back an anti-war challenger.

That's it....

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