Last week, Ken Silverstein of the Harper’s blog reported that the Wilkes/Wade/Cunningham/Watergate/Shirlington Limo /corruption/ prostitution scandal included “former lawmakers on Defense and Intelligence committees—including one person who now holds a powerful intelligence post.”
No connection, of course.
All the big papers and TV stations I’ve seen so far (except for Norah O’Donnell on MS-NBC) are playing this straight, without even a hint about hookers. Bill Kristol comes closest with a vague remark about “some scandal conceivably involving an associate of Goss’s.”
Well, I’ve heard that particular organ called lots of things, but never an “associate.” If Al d’Amato had called Chuck Schumer an “associate head,” he’d probably still be in the Senate.
It doesn’t sound too bad, does it? “Bill Clinton had an associate problem.” “Whatever you do, keep your associate off the payroll.” “He thinks he’s a big, swinging associate.”
Footnote I don’t much like the -gate ending convention for naming scandals, but a scandal involving prostitutes at the Watergate Hotel must inevitably be Hookergate.