Update: Crooks & Liars now has the video of Box Turtle Cornyn
During the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings into the illegal NSA wiretaps where brave leading Democrat Russ Feingold stood alone with the commendable Kohl and Leahy, ol’ Box Turtle Cornyn — who formerly employed as his speechwriter SERIAL PLAGIARIST BEN DOMENECH — did a drive-by on John Dean:
Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said Dean’s presence — coupled with a censure proposal that is "completely without merit” — created a "surreal atmosphere.”
Referring to Dean, Cornyn said, "When I was looking this morning at one of the witnesses that’s going to be testifying, that’s selling a book and that is a convicted felon, it strikes me as very odd that the Judiciary Committee is giving … an opportunity to somebody under those circumstances as part of their marketing efforts.”
Cornyn didn’t stick around to hear Dean’s response.
That’s just high camp. Maybe ol’ Cornholyn would like to explain one of my favorite thank-you-Jesus news reading moments of last year:
In the Nov. 30, 2001, e-mail, Reed told Abramoff that 50 pastors led by Ed Young of Second Baptist Church in Houston would meet with Cornyn to urge him to shut down the Alabama-Coushatta tribe’s casino near Livingston. He said Young would back up the request in writing.
"We have also choreographed Cornyn’s response. The AG will state that the law is clear, talk about how much he wants to avoid repetition of El Paso and pledge to take swift action to enforce the law," Reed wrote. "He will also personally hand Ed Young a letter that commits him to take action in Livingston."
Cornyn, now a Republican U.S. senator, had filed a lawsuit in 1999 to shut down a casino operated by the Tigua tribe in El Paso, saying it violated the state’s limited gambling laws. In 2002, federal courts shuttered the Tiguas’ casino and Cornyn used that ruling to shut down the Alabama-Coushuttas’ casino.
Cornyn, who has not been accused of any wrongdoing, has denied knowing Abramoff. He also has said he was unaware of Reed’s work with Abramoff. He said he did not remember receiving a letter from Young or Reed, or providing a letter to Young, although he acknowledged meeting with the minister.
"Their efforts were irrelevant to what I was doing," said Cornyn, who was elected to the Senate in 2002. "It’s kind of eye-opening to me that apparently people make money claiming credit for something I decided to do under the law."
I just love revisiting this moment. Reed claims he "choreographed" Cornyn’s response, right before Cornyn did the exact thing Casino Jack wanted him to — shut down the Alabama-Couchettas. Reed must be wrong, this is undoubtably just a big coincidence.
I keep watch over the news every day, waiting for more on this to unfold. Not that Cornyn, as Karl Rove’s hand picked lacky, is in any danger of being grilled on the subject by serious news men. But nobody other than charter member of the Bush Cargo Cult could believe that Reed and Abramoff have too much character to fork over Cornyn to save their own skins.
When Cornyn hits the canvas, I’ll be cackling. And no doubt so will John Dean.