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The most recent AP political puzzle:

Fitzgerald's investigation hurt the White House, experts say, as Libby quit and top political adviser Karl Rove faced intense scrutiny by prosecutors before being cleared in June.

Some say the legal woes distracted Rove from the November 7 election in which Democrats took control of the U.S. Congress.

Hmmmmm…"Some say…", do they? Should we say "Hello, Karl." or "Hello, Joshua." Is this "some" saying this to make excuses for the losses in November – or is this "some" saying this to point the finger at Rove, and weaken his public mojo in the eyes of the news-reading Republican public?

And isn't that something interesting to ponder? The fact that the AP is reporting this "Some say…" tidbit, when in the past any speculation about Rove that didn't make him out to be the Great And Powerful Oz would have been squelched…well, that IS interesting, isn't it?

While we're at it, what's with this "Some say…" attribution?  That is an awfully large hole to hide someone's identity in, isn't it?  Did the AP learn nothing from Judy Miller's attempt to hide Scooter's identity behind a "former Congressional aide" attribution to provide him smoke and mirrors cover from the public eye?  Would love to hear your thoughts on this.