July 22nd, 2004


Man bites dog! Clinton bites Kerry?

I try to keep politics off the LJ (though I do get tempted to rant occasionally), but I will post interesting news stories. When a Washington figure creates a scandal by putting something into his trousers, that's news. Especially when the something is classified material. Sandy Berger, former National Security Adviser to President Clinton and until recently adviser to Senator Kerry (he was angling for a post as Secretary of State in a Kerry administration), is in big trouble.

One thing that has struck me about the story (other than, okay, the socks) isn't the leak of the investigation (I agree with Washington Monthly's Kevin Drum, who suspects a Democratic leaker), but who knew about it before the leak. In the Denver Post's coverage of President Clinton's book tour, there's a small stunner:
Clinton said he has known about the federal probe of Berger's actions for several months, calling this week's news a "nonstory."
Meanwhile, Senator Kerry was asked about it Wednesday night by Tom Brokaw:
Brokaw: "Did you know that [Berger] was under investigation?"

Kerry: "I didn't have a clue, not a clue."

Brokaw: "He didn't share that with you?

Kerry: "I didn't have a clue."
I believe that. Kerry would've been crazy to keep Berger on otherwise. But here's the thing: Sandy Berger knew he was being investigated, and didn't tell Senator Kerry. And President Clinton knew Sandy Berger was being investigated, and he didn't tell Kerry.

If I were Kerry, I would be very, very, very pissed.

Jerry Goldsmith has died

One of the greats. His body of work as a film and TV composer is so enormous -- and excellent -- that when you try to sum up his career you don't know where the hell to begin. Alien; The Omen; Star Trek out the wazoo (movies, and the themes for TNG, DS9, and Voyager); Planet of the friggin' Apes, Chinatown -- Jesus, I forgot he did Seven Days in May! (Which was ripped off for a two-part episode of DS9. Talk about going full circle.)

Here's the story.