There’s a scene in what should be every Democrat’s favorite movie, All The President’s Men where Woodward and Bernstein are meeting with their editor, Howard Simons to talk about a conversation Woodward had with a PR guy from the White House press office.   Woodward found something funny in the way the guy responded.

This unnamed guy at the White House apparently denied more than was probably good for him.

Washington Post Managing Editor Howard Simons: Did you call the White House press office?
Bob Woodward: I went over there; I talked to them. They said Hunt hadn’t worked there for three months. Then a PR guy said this weird thing to me. He said, “I am convinced that neither Mr. Colson nor anyone else at the White House had any knowledge of, or participation in, this deplorable incident at the Democratic National Committee.”
Howard Simons: Isn’t that what you expect them to say?
Bob Woodward: Absolutely.
Howard Simons: So?
Bob Woodward: I never asked about Watergate. I simply asked what were Hunt’s duties at the White House.

This is why attorneys coach defendants and witnesses to listen to the question carefully and answer only the question that was asked.  This PR guy answered a question he had assumed had been asked.  Well, lighting does strike the GOP twice.  Apparently, Walker has stepped in the same stinky pile as that nameless White House press guy so many years ago.  This time, it’s an e-mail that may be his undoing.

Isn’t Walker exonerated by the email he sent to Tim Russell saying that no campaign work should be done by county staffers?

Instead of exonerating Walker, the email pretty much damns him.

Here’s what Walker wrote after it was revealed that his staffer Darlene Wink was posting pro-Walker Internet comments while working for the county: “No one can give them [the media] any reason to do another story. That means no laptops, no websites, no time away during the work day, etc.”

Remember: It was reported that Darlene Wink was blogging while working for the county. There was no mention of laptops and other things. So why would Walker mention them?

And why would Walker send the email from his campaign account to Russell? At the time, Russell was working as the county’s director of housing. Why would Walker use his campaign email to deal with a county personnel matter? And why would he send it to his housing director?

When that e-mail was released, I had a sneaking suspicion that it would prove to be Walker’s undoing.  Don’t get me wrong, we’re still a long way from an indictment here, but based on that one e-mail, it’s clear that Walker was over-denying what was going on.

And that can only be a good thing for Democrats.

5 Responses to The Consequences of Over-Denial

  1. Pete says:

    It would be common knowledge even for me that this is how you manage. He was simply telling everyone not to do political work on the government role. Something he should remind people of every once in a while right? He would be an idiot to only say this girl got caught for blogging so no one do blogging during work. If I were the boss I would come down hard on everyone and say ok no more blogging, using laptops, websites nothing that you shouldn’t be doing. Hell this is how they even manage a McDonalds. Someone skipping a shift caused them to be shorthanded for a very busy lunch shift and they get swamped and customers walk out. The next day the manager cracks down and says no skipping shifts, no being late, no cell phones while working and so on and so on. It’s how everyone manages, well at least anyone good. You just don’t try to fix the ONLY problem you try to use that as a way to fix that one and other related ones that may happen as well. It happens in every work place.

    You continue to not make valid or even slightly interesting points. The fact that some other fairly conservative bloggers might be falling for this nothingness doesn’t mean anything . You have dug so far into nothing that you are saying nothing.

    We understand the storm that will be unleased on Governor Walker just before his recall. Thats when this fake unvalid indictment will come down. It will eventually lead to no conviction but last long enough to make him look bad through an election. That is also when some judge will over turn Wisconsin’s voter ID law and we won’t have time to appeal it before the election. It will eventually be ruled constitutional. Also the coming media storm. But you must admit one thing. If Walker survives this. Look out.

    • Phil Scarr says:

      But Pete, we never asked about Watergate…

      How did Walker know to tell them “no laptops” if he didn’t know that there were laptops? In fact, it’s all about those laptops that were connected to the illegal & clandestine network that was constructed in the county offices.

      What I find most amusing about your KoolAde induced screed is that you think the FBI and the legal system are somehow “in the bag” for the recall. That’s hilarious!

      If chickens come home to roost for Governor Walker, he has only himself to blame.

    • Rich says:

      The wordiest piece of hand waving I’ve seen yet on this blog.

  2. Jake formerly of the LP says:

    Pete-
    The email a clear smoking gun, because it mentions details that could only be known if Walker knew about the secret email network and the work being done. Additionally, there’s also the part of the email where Walker mentions he called Wink and how bad she feels, which is not exactly the behavior of someone who’s shocked and outraged that someone was doing illegal acts in his office.

    And the real damning part is that he’s emailing HIS HOUSING DIRECTOR on a CAMPAIGN EMAIL SERVER. Neither would be happening if this was the first Walker was hearing about his appointees doing work on his campaign, because he’d have no idea that Tim Russell was working on the campaign, and that Russell would know what Wink was doing in a different office.

    Denial ain’t just a river in Egypt, son. Facts are sometimes independent of what you wish reality to be. Your boy’s going down and he will go down very hard. It’s just a matter of how it happens.

  3. Gareth says:

    “…It’s how everyone manages, well at least anyone good. You just don’t try to fix the ONLY problem you try to use that as a way to fix that one and other related ones that may happen as well…”

    Uh huh, you mean problems like embezzlement, downloading child pornography and sexually-stalking teenage boys?

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