Wednesday, February 13, 2008


Rocket's Red Glare

Only sporadically got a chance to check in on Roger Clemens' congressional testimony. However, ESPN's Jayson Stark blogged it (scroll to bottom and then work up). His verdict: Clemens defintely faces some problems, but still came across as a generally strong witness. His former trainer, Brian McNamee has some major credibility issues.

Oh -- surprise! -- the hearing became partisan: As the Times' noted in its own running blog, Democrats -- starting with the execrable Henry Waxman kicking off the hearings by saying that Clemens' earler depostition was "not true" -- going after Clemens; the Republicans went after McNamee:

This is not surprising: the committee chairman, Henry A. Waxman, is a Democrat, and those in his party clearly want to emphasize his belief that this hearing (as well as others) is necessary and important. Painting Mr. Clemens as possibly guilty of perjury is important to that end.

Meanwhile, the Republicans, less eager to back the Democratic committee chair, have focused on McNamee’s credibility, all but asking, “Why are we wasting our time with this guy?”

Given both sides’ analysis and accusations of motives, this dynamic appears relevant as well.
Also not surprisngly, Rep. Dan Burton (R-Ind.) in particular was on fire in attacking McNamee.

UPDATE: A wrap-up of the left-over questions and possible legal hurdles now faced by Clemens. Oh, yeah, and his "nanny problem," too!

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