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Louis V. Franklin and White Lies

by: Melissa

Fri Mar 28, 2008 at 11:07:21 AM CDT

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Louis Franklin 

Perhaps, this is too much along the lines of soothsaying, but I've seen it before. 

I expect Acting U.S. Attorney Louis V. Franklin will learn the utility of a black Republican under the Bush administration.  That utility is to be the clown that sacrifices career and credibility when the accountability ax falls.

Just ask Colin Powell, the only credible cabinet member during the run up to the war in Iraq.  He had the job of justifying an attack by the U.S. to the U.N. Security Council.  His statement on the so-called evidence against Iraq 

My colleagues, every statement I make today is backed up by sources, solid sources. These are not assertions. What we're giving you are facts and conclusions based on solid intelligence. (Feb 5, 2003)

belied the ex nihilo creation of his argument.  And it's likely the thing he'll always be remembered for.

The much less sympathetic Condoleezza Rice was rushed to Europe back in 2005 to say the U.S. does not torture or send people to be tortured when the CIA black sites in Europe story broke and immediately following the CIA's abandonment of the secret prisons.  Rice bears dozens of scars as a front man for Bush's follies.

It's difficult for me to imagine real accountability for Republicans in Alabama.  Yet, if a special prosecutor scenario emerged (probably a joke with Mukasey in charge, but if), I see Franklin as the expendable ensign.

(I'd be really grateful if someone can point me to the "Law and Order" picture of Louis Franklin and other Siegelman/Scrushy prosecutors). 


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The front man (0.00 / 0)
Franklin strikes me as the loyal, righteous employee who is being used and manipulated by his employers.  He's so immersed in his view of this case that he doesn't even understand why outsiders are asking these pesky questions.  And they'll throw him to the wolves in a heartbeat.  To save who?  Not Alberto Gonzales, who is no longer useful.  Probably not even Alice Martin or the Canarys.  Karl Rove or even higher is my bet.

Work harder and work smarter!

Black face on the White Lies (4.00 / 2)

You nailed it mooncat. The Colin Powell analogy is right on target. 

 I once heard  former Republican Congressman J.C. Watts Dad say that being a black Republican was like a chicken being for Col. Sanders.


The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives and the dreams shall never die.~Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D. MA)

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I remember that! (4.00 / 1)
And I've wondered why J.C. Watts retired from Congress at such a young age.  He could have kept winning in his district as long as he wanted to.  Did he find it unpleasant to be the GOP's "token black" in Congress?  Heaven knows, they trotted him out as their front man for the media at every opportunity.

Work harder and work smarter!

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Photos (4.00 / 1)
This one? Actually that was the only one I could find.

Princess for a Day! (4.00 / 2)

Thanks, Lindy.

Man, Franklin always looks pissed. 

(if you happen to be a dude, make that Prince for a Day) 

"The age of reason will be reborn!"

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Maybe because he realizes he is the expendable ensign. (4.00 / 1)

 A regular red-shirted crewman from the original Star Trek.

Doomed to a horrible death before the first commercial. 

Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.
- John Adams

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Oooh! I remember those. (0.00 / 0)
No matter how smart or attractive they were --- toast!

Work harder and work smarter!

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Horton Hears the Hubbub (4.00 / 1)

While talking to Dan Abrams, Scott Horton debunked the silliness of Franklin asserting that in no way was Karl Rove involved in Siegelman's prosecution.

Franklin is not the one who sits around sipping Hurricanes with Rove, it's his boss, Leura Canary and her husband.  Why should Franklin know anything?  He was assigned the case after Canary was pressured to recuse herself.

"The age of reason will be reborn!"



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