FRAMESHOP:FRAMESHOP: "SURPRISE!" THE DISTRACTIONS BEGIN

As we approach the time that top Bush officials will be charged with serious crimes, the White House will be running a strategy to move the media off the story. That began this morning. At 9:00am the Dallas News ran...

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As we approach the time that top Bush officials will be charged with serious crimes, the White House will be running a strategy to move the media off the story.  That began this morning. 

At 9:00am the Dallas News ran this story (subscription) announcing a "surprise"--Harriet Miers, the President's nominee to fill Sandra O'Connor's seat on the Supreme Court of the United States, has withdrawn her candidacy.  The article included this sentence:

Miers' surprise withdrawal stunned Washington on a day when the capital was awaiting news on another front -- the possible indictment of senior White House aides in the CIA leak case.

(read the full article here)

This is no "surprise."  And any news agency that is currently running the Miers story as a "surprise" is aiding the White House's campaign to distract the American public from the real story:  George W. Bush's top aides will soon be charged with serious crimes.

Let's think about this for a minute.  Do we really think that Harriet Miers made this decision in private?  That she confided in nobody and then just dropped a letter on the President's desk? 

Nobody in America is that naive.  And it is an insult to the American people to use this Harriet Miers "surprise" in an effort to distract the media (which appears to be working).

Don't believe it.  Harriet Miers was forced out by the President when he realized she was not going to be confirmed. The reason?  Because she is not qualified for the job.  This decision was probably made last week.  It is likely that the communications team at the White House decided they would throw it at the media as a "surprise" the day of the Grand Jury indictments. 

Stay tuned.  This is just the first distraction.  I fear that the White House may be cynical enough to pressure the Department of Homeland Security to issue a terrorism alert.

Beware of all "surprises" in the news, today.  The big story is not a surprise.  It's the story we all know is about to hit:  criminal charges against the White House.

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