Friday, May 05, 2006

Kennedy and Goss.

I saw where Rep. Patrick Kennedy crashed his Mustang last night in D.C., he was driving under the influence of something, he didn't shoot anyone or was he peddling influence, so I didn't think too much about it. But I'm not CNN, they're all over this story, but it's so much easier than doing real news. And the the right wingosphere is wetting it's pink panties over the chance to bring up Chappaquiddick again.

The real story today is the sudden resignation of Porter Goss, the CIA Director. Goss and Bush are saying nothing about the reasons that brought on this turn of events. You'd at least think that they would trot out the old "want to spend more time with my family" line. The absence of that makes this seem somewhat ominous.

Current odds are that this has something to do with WatergateGate. Remember that word it will be important later.

CIA Director Porter J. Goss resigned today after less than two years on the
job, President Bush announced at the White House.

Bush said Goss offered his resignation this morning and that "I've accepted

Bush said he had established "a very close personal relationship" with
Goss, who succeeded George J. Tenet as director of the CIA in September 2004. He
said Goss's tenure has been marked by "transition" as the CIA has come under the
authority of a new director of national intelligence. Veteran ambassador John D.
Negroponte was named to that post in 2005, taking over a position whose creation
was recommended by the commission that investigated the Sept. 11, 2001,
terrorist attacks.

Update from Muckraker:

Here come the rumors.
Over at, Laura Rozen says she's hearing that Negroponte, or possibly the White House, gave Goss the boot, and it was sudden. That fits with what I'm hearing: that Goss didn't jump, or at least not without a nudge.

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