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The Virtue of The Trial Ballon


The Bush administration generally hates trial ballons. It considers them messy and inconsiderate to the people subject to them. But they have their uses. It might have helped in the Kerik case, for instance, if we had known for a week or so that he was the leading contender, so the media could take a few whacks at him and the administration could have gotten a better sense of how many Kerik-related targets were out there.


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