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The Berger Leak

Kevin Drum, a generally sensible left-leaning blogger, thinks the likely leaker was a Democrat, too, not someone in the Bush Administration. As he explains, “Frankly, if I were a Republican, I would have waited until around the last week of October or so. My guess is that some sharp Democratic operative figured out that this wasn’t going to stay a secret forever and decided (correctly) that it was better to get it into the open now rather than later.” Meanwhile, Matthew Yglesias notes that the primary beneficiary of the story is not Bush, but Richard Holbrooke, whose stock as a potential Kerry Administration Secretary of State just increased.

Jonathan H. Adler — Mr. Adler is an NRO contributing editor and the inaugural Johan Verheij Memorial Professor of Law at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. His latest book is Marijuana Federalism: Uncle Sam and Mary Jane.

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