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August 28, 2006

Noose Tightens Around Secret Hold Senator

Liberal blogs, like TPM, have joined in. 58 senators have now denied placing the secret hold.

Assuming they're not lying -- and lying here could well be political suicide -- only 42 are unaccounted for.

Check the list. If one or both of your Senators are unnaccounted for, pick up the phone and make a call.

Meanwhile... Mary Katherine Ham fingers Debbie Stabenow.

Well, I, you know, mean she names her as a likely suspect.

Sorry about that. I was trying to ratchet up that sex appeal thing, and went too far.

I think that might have actually reduced the sex appeal, anyhow.

Take Chris Dodd Off The "No" List: BobK points out:

Their saying both Connecticut senators have been put on the "didn't do it" list. Here's a couple paragraphs from the

Lieberman press secretary Casey Aden-Wansbury says the senator did not block the bill he'd voted for in committee, and doesn't know who did.

And Colleen Flanagan, Dodd's press secretary, sounded a similar tune: "to the best of our knowledge," she wrote in an email, referring to other Dodd aides, "it was not Senator Dodd."

If it comes out that all senators deny it, I'd suspect Dodd, based on the secretary prefacing the denial with "to the best of our knowledge". Dodd hasn't really denied it.

If he had actually denied it, she wouldn't need the qualifing preface. Since it's a secret he couldn't tell her if he did put the hold. If she actually spoke with him about it, he must have given an ambiguous answer.

Brit Hume Video Update: Next on the Political Grapevine: time-travelling political prognosticator Johnny Coldcuts.

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