The non-denial denial

Rove told reporter of Plame’s role but didn’t name her, attorney says.

That is technically true, he identified her as the wife of Charles Wilson, and not by her name.

This ploy was known in the Nixon days as the “non-denial denial.” It’s generally the sign of a sleazy weasel who is losing his mojo.

We could be geting close to a recurrence of the Watergate days when, after it became apparent Nixon had been lying through his teeth for months, his press secretary said “our previous statements are non-operative.”

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