Sidney Blumenthal: Omertà (or a code of silence) has become the final bond holding the Bush administration together. Honesty is dishonorable; silen
August 1, 2007

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Sidney Blumenthal: Omertà (or a code of silence) has become the final bond holding the Bush administration together. Honesty is dishonorable; silence is manly; penitence is weakness. Loyalty trumps law. Protecting higher-ups is patriotism. Stonewalling is idealism. Telling the truth is informing. Cooperation with investigators is cowardice; breaking the code is betrayal. Once the code is shattered, however, no one can be trusted and the entire edifice crumbles.

And this is what the 29%ers are cheering for.

Sen. Pat Leahy calls Gonzales' lame response unsatisfactory and wants more than "word parsing".  Sen. Russ Feingold calls for more senators to join in calling for a Special Prosecutor.

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