Today on Holden’s Obsession with the Gaggle

From Holden:

Little Scottie put the gaggle transcript up early today. Lots of good gaggleage on Miers.

At least a couple of members of the press corps have been doing their homework.

Q Scott, you mentioned her legal experience. Part of that experience is that she was the President’s personal lawyer. Can you tell us some of the matters that she would have represented the President in? I understand there was a real estate matter. Did she get involved in the National Guard stuff, the jury duty — can you tell us —

MR. McCLELLAN: There will be a confirmation process. No, I don’t have specifics on that in front of me. She did, originally, I think, serve as counsel to the President’s gubernatorial committee that was set up when he was first running for governor, back in ’93, and I think it was some time after that she did represent him in some personal matters.

Q And you can get us details on what those matters were?

MR. McCLELLAN: I’ll work on getting you more information. Obviously, that will be something that, I’m sure, will come up during the confirmation process.


Q Along the lines of what Terry was asking. There’s a report that the President hired Harriet Miers to look through his background for anything that could be derogatory when he first started thinking about running for office, back when he was in Texas, back in —

MR. McCLELLAN: Let me double-check. I wasn’t working for him at that point. Go ahead.

Next, Helen Thomas’ question may give us some indication as to why Chimpy did not pick Alberto Gonzales for SCOTUS: they’re planning to let him take the fall for the torture scandal.

Q Can we assume that his policies — that she had a big, strong hand in the policies that we’ve watched over the — since 2001?

MR. McCLELLAN: Well, she’s been very involved in the policy process here. She’s been a senior member of the President’s White House staff.

Q On treatment of the prisoners of war, for example?

MR. McCLELLAN: Well, the General Counsel of the White House during the time you’re referring to was Justice — was Judge Gonzales, or Attorney General Gonzales.

Finally, April Ryan adds a term to the gaggle dictionary.

Q Well, people like Howard Dean, are asking — they’re, like, the jury is still out because they want to know what her opinions are. What would you say to Howard Dean, beyond the spinnage [sic] you’re giving now, to give something specific —

MR. McCLELLAN: I’m sorry, beyond what?

Q The spin —

MR. McCLELLAN: I’m giving the facts.

Q No, you’re not answering directly, Scott.

MR. McCLELLAN: Actually, I’m giving the facts, April.

Q No, you’re not answering directly, Scott, about her opinion.

MR. McCLELLAN: Actually, I’m giving the facts. There’s some spin going on from you. (Laughter.)