Wednesday, October 26, 2005

The indictments are coming! The indictments are coming!

An "uber-insider source" tells Steve Clemons at The Washington Note (who graciously linked to me yesterday) the following:

1. 1-5 indictments are being issued. The source feels that it will be towards the higher end.

2. The targets of indictment have already received their letters.

3. The indictments will be sealed indictments and "filed" tomorrow.

4. A press conference is being scheduled for Thursday.


The "tomorrow" is now "today".

Plus, Steve has learned that "McCain was approached about serving as VP if Cheney has 'health problems' or otherwise steps down" and that "Miers will step down to be replaced by a Bork-like sub".

Well, these are "unsubstantiated rumors," but such is the state of mind in Washington at the moment. No one knows what's going to happen, which means that speculation can run amok. Still, anything's possible -- and I trust that Steve's sources are generally reliable.

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The blogosphere is about to go nuts. Here's a sampling of reaction during the (relative) calm before the storm (a.k.a., Fitzmas):

Kevin Drum at Political Animal: "The bad news, though, is that Steve's source confirms my worst fears: Fitzgerald will be handing down sealed indictments. If that's true, it means we won't be any wiser tomorrow than we are today. All we'll have is some names and some charges, but no evidence."

The Anonymous Liberal: "But then again, maybe the indictments will only be sealed until the individuals surrender themselves (or are arrested), at which point they will be unsealed and Fitzgerald will hold a press conference."

MyDD: "I have generally refrained from speculating on what would actually happen when Fitzmas came, but now that we are on the brink... well, I still have no idea. My bet is that Rove and Libby are both going to be indicted. The way McClellan threw them under the bus today makes that seem likely."

Digby's Hullaballoo and The Carpetbagger Report consider the anonymous Mr. X. (Yes, this is getting better and better.)

For reaction on the right, see RedState.org.

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Sleep well, everyone. We'll know more soon enough.

To quote one of my favourite movies, Almost Famous: "It's all happening."

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