Tuesday, April 24, 2007

The "I Don't Recall" Defense

In several hours before the Judiciary Committee on Thursday, Gonzales said he had done nothing improper in firing the eight prosecutors, but conceded the case had been badly handled. At the same time, he said 71 times that he either could not recall or did not remember conversations or events surrounding the dismissals.

Republicans have used the "can't recall" defense to perfection ever since the Reagan administration. While it makes the witness look either dumb or dishonest, it's almost impossible to prove he or she is lying.

Imagine the trouble Clinton could have saved himself and all of us if he'd just said, "I cannot recall whether I had sex with that woman."


beepbeepitsme said...

I would have had a great deal of respect for clinton if he had said. "Yes, I had sex with her. It was great! Now, go away and watch porn movies like you usually do."

That wouldn't have gone over well with an american public I suppose but it would have gone over a treat here.

Richard said...

Oh please. Democrats do it as much as Republicans.


Jewish Atheist said...


Fair point.

asher said...

Actually Clinton said "I don't recall" and "I don't remember" when he was being grilled dozens of times. But what can you expect from a Rhodes scholar who was first in his class at Harvard Law School?

jewish philosopher said...

If Clinton would have said he "can't remember" Monica, she would really have been insulted. How could he forget? He probably couldn't do it.

beepbeepitsme said...


I think you might be confusing clinton with bush.