Secret Hold II: Lying Democrat Boogaloo? (Update: Red State says it’s Byrd)

posted at 10:06 am on August 31, 2006 by Allahpundit

Flip’s squeezed quite a scoop out of the GOP leadership staff. Three possibilities:

1. A Democratic Senator (or a member of his or her staff) is lying.
2. A Democratic Senator initiatied a hold very recently, after being pinged by a blogger but before Tuesday at 6:57 pm.
3. One of the denials logged at TPMM or Porkbusters was based on a soft “Not that I know of” denial, which was upgraded to a firm “No” when catalogued.

Number 2′s unlikely; why would anyone else want to sit in the corner with Stevens knowing that people are getting interested in this? Number 3′s possible but practically indistinguishable from number 1: whoever the guilty party is will surely claim number 3, even if number 1 is the truth.

Flip forgot possibility 4: the GOP leadership staff is lying to him. That would be incredibly foolish of them, but at this point, would you doubt it?

As for the secret holder on the Democratic side, I think it would irresponsible to speculate.

byrd.jpg

Mmmm, ham. My favorite.

Update: Erick at Red State says he’s been reliably informed that it is, indeed, the Kleagle.

Time to pay up, Mary K.

Update: TPM Muckraker is exercising caution, but they’re troubled by the fact that they can’t get a straight answer out of Byrd’s spokespeople.


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Amzing how good you can make a corpse look with some lipstick and rouge, ain’t it?

MCPO Airdale on August 31, 2006 at 11:08 AM

Sausage and ham could make for a mighty fine pizza! But you might have to call it the Robert C. Byrd Memorial Pizza.

Pablo on August 31, 2006 at 11:16 AM

RedState is reporting that the hold was indeed placed by the old fart.

Laddy on August 31, 2006 at 11:20 AM

Update: Erick at Red State says he’s been reliably informed that it is, indeed, the Kleagle.
Time to pay up, Mary K.

Looks like you two were both right.

SisterToldjah on August 31, 2006 at 11:27 AM

I suspected the Porkster of them all from the beginning. Dead Pork Walking!

With such a prescient couple there are great chances for cute litte saucissons :)

Entelechy on August 31, 2006 at 12:09 PM

Looks like you two were both right.

What? There can be only one!

Only one way to settle this – arm-wrestling, on camera.

Over the Top, baby.

Slublog on August 31, 2006 at 12:31 PM

What? There can be only one!

Only one way to settle this – arm-wrestling, on camera.

Over the Top, baby.

Am taking bets on who would win that one :)

SisterToldjah on August 31, 2006 at 1:06 PM

Curiouser and curioser.

labwrs on August 31, 2006 at 2:53 PM

I totally called it!

But wait, doesn’t this mean we have 2 holders?

kaltes on August 31, 2006 at 3:35 PM

Senator Byrd was my pick as well. W.Va. has had more pork per capita than any other state, I believe.

gary on August 31, 2006 at 6:36 PM