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Monday, November 30, 2009

Pathological liar Dana Perino plants the seed of scandal
Posted by Jill | 5:19 AM
Remember, a scandal involving a Democratic president only has to become a media meme, not necessarily an actual scandal, to get the media's panties in a twist. Last week it was all Salahis all the time, with speculation in my circles ranging from they just crashed a party to they were designated by someone (Cheney?) to do a dry run to see how close they could get to wiping out Obama, Biden, AND Pelosi, to they inadvertently saved Obama's life by showing a deliberate hole in security by Secret Service to allow a mass assassination/coup to take place. The two last scenarios sound a bit like that episode of Dynasty where everyone at the party was shot, but in a country that had its very own Darth Vader for eight years, and now finding out pretty definitively that our Vader and his frontman very likely allowed the man they claimed was the perpetrator of the 9/11 attacks to escape, reality has become stranger than fiction.

So I don't know about you, but when I read this buried in an article about the Secret Service interviewing the Salahis, it got my Spidey-sense all a-tingle:
A former White House press secretary, Dana Perino, predicted a tough time for the White House social office as the holiday parties approached.

Ms. Perino, a press secretary in the Bush administration, said on “Fox News Sunday With Chris Wallace” that once the Salahis were on the White House grounds, the social office might have played a role in processing them through the receiving line.

“What will be a concern for, I think, the social office going forward is they have their busiest season coming up,” Ms. Perino said. “It’s the holiday season. They’ll have a lot of people coming through.”

And that's how they do it: Have someone who's a not-very-bright, fairly non-hot-button member of the Bush administration just casually drop a White House connection to the Salahi matter into the equation, and suddenly we have the makings of a scandal that will resonate in people's minds because it has the word "office" in it, and therefore a meld into the Clinton "travel office" [non-]scandal.

You've got to admire in a way how they do it.

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