Random commentary and senseless acts of blogging.
The first Republican president once said, "While the people retain their virtue and their vigilance, no administration by any extreme of wickedness or folly can seriously injure the government in the short space of four years." If Mr. Lincoln could see what's happened in these last three-and-a-half years, he might hedge a little on that statement.
Prisoners of Azkaban
Wednesday, October 26, 2005
There seems to be nothing except guesswork that's new in today's stories on the Plame investigation, one day short of the rumored date for a public announcement.
It is a question why Fitzgerald has held off this long. With the dueling leaks and rumors, the whole show is reminiscent of a sort of multi-player form of the Prisoner's Dilemma. One point to remember about the Prisoner's Dilemma: the more players there are, the better for the police. Every prisoner has to worry about any other prisoner implicating him; even the ones who can't implicate him directly may start a chain reaction by turning, causing others who no longer have a viable defense to turn and implicate new players. Every prisoner also knows that the other prisoners can figure this out, so each is under more pressure than they would be in the classic 2 person Dilemma. Fitzgerald may well be deliberately stretching out this phase to see what reaction he gets from potential defendants. Certainly he's getting reactions in the form of leaks by various attorneys and spinners for different factions. He may very well also be getting reactions behind closed doors from defendants preparing to deal.