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Live by spin, die by spin - Howard Fineman - MSNBC.com

Lessons from the special prosecutor’s office

By Howard Fineman
MSNBC contributor
Updated: 12:23 p.m. ET Oct. 19, 2005

"WASHINGTON - Live by spin, die by spin.

That will be the lesson if Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald indicts anyone in the Valerie Plame leak case. Poetic justice is a concept as old as drama, but it applies time and again in the theater of presidential politics. Traits and tactics that lead to power lead to overreach, and ruin. In our day, justice is administered (and balance restored) by law, not by gods. Still, the idea is the same."

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