As with Bridge, there's usually a dummy. Lately, we've seen several – departing Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty, the new "War Czar," Lt. General Douglas Lute, and even soon-to-be-former World Bank president Paul Wolfowitz. These are guys now positioned to take the fall for the Bushies – or, in game lingo, they're in line to get poled. James Comey, himself a now-former Deputy A.G., might also be on that list, along with Joseph Wilson and Valerie Plame, Scooter Libby, Bill Clinton, any Democrat to be named later, and anybody else considered sufficiently disposable.
"Texas Poled 'Em" – so named because at present, its team leaders are the two most notorious Texans in our land – works like this: The main players do anything they want across the game board, illegal, immoral, unethical, whatever. All's fair, and fair game. Rules? There are no rules, at least as applied to the game players. They cover only the great unwashed who aren't members of this most elitist and exclusive of partisan inside-jobber clubs.
Before McNulty's signature was even dry on his resignation letter, Alberto Gonzales's reaction to it came in the form of a door that had thoroughly smacked McNulty's back end on the way out. According to Mr. "I Don't Recall/Wasn't There/Had Nothing to Do with It", you'd have to ask McNulty about all this:
"At the end of the day the recommendation reflected the views of the deputy attorney general," Gonzales told members of the National Press Club in a breakfast address televised on C-SPAN. "He signed off on the names."