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Twists and Turns on the Goss Resignation


Russert reporting that conversations with Goss began several weeks ago with John Negroponte, with the full knowledge of the WH.  Goss began changes previously, but that there needed to be a new person to oversee those changes so that there could be "healing" within the CIA after those changes.

Russert says Negroponte will be deciding on the person to be appointed to the Director of the CIA job, recommend that person to the President and that Bush will then appoint.  Remind me again, who is in charge of this government?  The CEO model of governance continues.  Heckuva job, Bushie.

Russert says that he’s learned this from a senior WH official.  Sure, this is some damage control spin, due to the shocked reaction of the press to a surprise Friday afternoon resignation announcement — and all the more disbelieveable given the fact that if Negroponte has been talking to Goss "for weeks," why not have the replacement ready to go today?  That’s how they’ve done things with most replacement announcements where there was some actual lead time for preparation.  You know.  But hey, spin isn’t necessarily always fully plausible.

O’Donnell reporting that Gen. Hayden wants the job.  Earlier reports that Joe Lieberman was also being considered have been poo-poohed by Lieberman’s office.  The AP has more.

NOTE:  This is completely off topic, but I noticed while booking my YearlyKos room today, that the deadline for the conference rate reservations is May 15th.  Thought anyone who was interested in going would like a heads up on this.

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Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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