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The great roast continues

As poor Scott McClellan finds himself back on the grill. According to the latest reports, the reportorial bloodlust remains undiminished as journalists tore into Scotty for a second day over Karl Rove. The lowest point in a White House spokesman's career: when members of the media start asking you if your lawyer is willing to answer questions on your behalf. Also striking was the curious lack of enthusiasm displayed by the Big Chief for his beloved architect:

McClellan refused to say Monday whether the president still had confidence in Karl Rove. In response to repeated questions on that subject today, McClellan repeated a carefully crafted line: "Any individual how works here at the White House has the confidence of the president. They wouldn’t be working at the White House if they didn't have the confidence of the president."
Sadly, I'm not convinced any of this is an indication that his head is on the chopping block -- if only because Dubya needs Rove's help to make decisions vital to his presidency. For example: Is this my rear end or a hole in the ground? Hmm...

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