As the Salahis begin their media tour with an admirable descent into self-described victimhood, we're being treated to an even more familiar spectacle, perhaps. White House news secretary Robert Gibbs assured his questioners yesterday that all attention in the investigation of the State Dinner crash focuses on the Secret Service and not on White House staff.
Yet my friend and longtime Washington journalist Carol Joynt reported yesterday that sources of hers knowledgeable about White House protocol and operations point the finger at the director of the White House Social Office. Normally, that person would be at the entrance, checking people against the long-established list of invitees. The Social Secretary, Desiree Rogers (Joynt reports), was nowhere near the entrance.
Dick Cheney had no compunction about making the CIA take the fall for the cooked-up intelligence he and his colleagues used to sell the Iraq War. On a much less portentous matter, is the White House asking the Secret Service to take the fall for the crash? If so, isn't the Secret Service likely to resent it (as the CIA resented, and leaked back against Cheney)?