THE POWELL DOCTRINE….Jeez, when it comes to conspiracy theorizing, we bloggers are lightweights. Last night I commented on the Washington Post’s report that Colin Powell would be resigning after the election, suggesting it was a victory for the neocons. That seemed like a fairly pedestrian suggestion to me, but my conservative commenters took it pretty hard.

Well, guys, direct your fire elsewhere. I caught a few minutes of Hardball tonight, and Chris Matthews had a far more sinister theory: the story was a deliberate lie floated by some hawkish member of the administration ? i.e., Cheney or Rumsfeld ? for the sole purpose of making Powell look like a lame duck for the next year.

Now that’s rough.

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