Just how much impact “Scooter” Libby’s disclosure that Bush and Cheney personally authorized the leaking of classified information will have on the public will likely be decided over the next few days, depending largely — to steal from George Lakoff — on how the issue is framed.
Come what may, this will hurt Bush; but how badly it hurts him is still very much in play. Will it be the perfect storm I suggested was possible yesterday, or will it, instead, be just one more in the long line of politically damaging, but survivable, thunderstorms?
Thanks to Scott McClellan’s pathetic dance and weave performance today, we have a pretty good idea how the White House plans to play it. It’s a one-two strategy: First, use the “we can’t comment due to a pending investigation” dodge to avoid directly responding to the specific issue; and then, second, argue that it’s no big deal anyway, since the President broke no law.
QUESTION: And since you put it in a context, is this the same information that Mr. Libby cites in his affidavit?
Scott McClellan: That’s a question relating to an ongoing legal proceeding and, as you know, I can’t get into commenting on that. We want to make sure that there is due process, that there is a fair trial, and that we don’t do anything to jeopardize an ongoing legal proceeding.
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QUESTION: The President has been very critical of leakers on a number of subjects throughout his time. And if this information is true, that the President authorized the dissemination of this information, does he feel that it’s appropriate for him to unilaterally — and I know he has the legal authority to declassify information — but it, to some people, gives an appearance that he may not have followed all of the procedures — by letting other Cabinet members know, by letting the CIA Director know, things like that.
Scott McClellan: Again, that’s asking about a question that is mentioned in this latest filing by Mr. Fitzgerald. And I can’t get into confirming those issues because it’s relating to an ongoing legal proceeding. But I think it’s important — I mean, you pointed out one aspect of this — step back from the legal proceeding that’s going on. You pointed out one important fact, the President has the authority to declassify the information.
This represents the first of the two frames most likely to ultimately control the public debate on this issue, and the one that is by far the least damaging to Bush — the legalistic frame. Under the legalistic frame the talking heads will spend most of their time debating whether Bush had the power to do what he did, which works in his favor in two major ways. To begin with, he probably did have the legal authority, or at least that’s the consensus among the “experts” who have spoken on the subject to date. But even aside from the technical legal niceties, by structuring the subject in this way, the legalistic frame strips the issue of passion and turns it into just another boring lawyers’ argument.
No, if we want to see Bush held fully accountable for his misconduct, for once, we must avoid the legalistic frame like poison. When the press asks Democrats whether the President had legal authority to declassify the information in question, they need to respond (as many are), “Who cares? This isn’t a question of law, it’s a question of right and wrong.”
That’s the winning frame — the one based upon the moral and ethical bankruptcy of Bush’s conduct. What he’s claiming, after all, is the right to selectively disclose secret information for political purposes. He actually has the temerity to suggest that it’s perfectly acceptable for him to give away America’s secrets anytime it helps him out politically, but to keep similar information hidden anytime it doesn’t support his actions. What arrogance! What hypocrisy! What conceit!
And what a frame!
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