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  •  Why did they have to plant a guy? (none)
    I mean, there are freepers falling all over their own shoelaces to plant their lips on Scott McLellen's pasty ass. Why on earth do they have to go to the effort to plant somebody? And at one point even send him a paycheck?

    I'm so damned confused...perhaps the Repubs are even less popular than we thought? Or perhaps that whole "me-first" philosophy has them cannibilizing off each other?

    Hmmmmmm. Plants.

    •  this is older tactic (none)
      than we realize: see my response to a similiar question way up this thread.

      they're just being sloppy now.

      and so far they've gotten away with it

      •  Could it be (none)
        they're getting sloppy because of arrogance and hubris?  That they really do believe they can get away with anything?

        If so, there is a chance they'll slip up again.

        "Our particular principles of religion are a subject of accountability to God alone."--Thomas Jefferson

        by hopesprings on Wed Feb 09, 2005 at 04:17:30 PM PST

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    •  It's not about the articles (none)
      It's about providing a lifeline to Shrub he can reach out to when drowning in a press conference.

      They know full well the SCLM will print any spin they put out...but without the lifeline, Shrub can't meet the press publicly.  Too much chance of a real question.

      Rubus Eradicandus Est.

      by Randomfactor on Wed Feb 09, 2005 at 04:07:52 PM PST

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    •  it's not so much Gannon who was planted (none)
      it's the questions he asked--those were the plants.
    •  They paid him ? (none)
      Good lord.
    •  Why plant Gannon? (none)
      I don't think they're sloppy at all.  My guess is that the White House is trying to keep up the illusion that they are honest and play fair.  Look at Bush's January 26 press conference: He claims to want an "independent" relationship with the press.  It's absurd of course, especially when the next "reporter" Bush calls on is an obvious shill.  

      I also think there's no way that a payola link will turn up.  "Gannon" was funded through the Texas GOP, not the White House (just my hunch).

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