The cage match is over for today. And we didn't learn much during the second half…well, except for this: maybe Rocket did drop by the Canseco party on the way to the ballpark after his round of golf.
I'll try to weigh in with more substantive thoughts tomorrow, but here are some first impressions:
I didn't know this was the type of matter to split political parties, yet it seemed to break down Rep/Dem lines. And let's give the Idiot Of The Day award to Dan Burton (R. ID). Burton cried about ruining Rocket's reputation -- forgetting about some of the reputations he's ruined -- then wanted to know how he could believe McNamee after all of McNamee's lies. Lies of McNamee's he read into the record. Of course, none of those lies were under oath. His lies about Clemens and Pettitte were made to reporters who don't have the power to put one under oath. What Burton should be looking at is how McNamee has performed under oath. And he's been right. He said Knoblauch used HGH. And Knoblauch admitted to using HGH. Pettitte admitted to using HGH, and Pettitte admitted to using HGH. So, under oath, McNamee looks to be pretty good.
As I wrote earlier, never, never rely on Jose Canseco. Canseco was the proof that Clemens wasn't at that damn party. Except for Clemens's nanny who placed all of them at the party -- a nanny with whose testimony Clemens and company tried to tamper. Nice move, Rusty. I wonder if the State Bar was paying any attention to that. That also made Burton look bad, since he kept pounding away on McNamee lying about the damn party.
Is Clemens ever going to take responsibility for anything? Once again, it was his attorney's fault. Or Debbie's fault. Or his agent's fault. Or the fault of the union. Or Bud Selig and George Mitchell's fault. And it was especially Andy Pettitte's fault for misremembering things.
I really wish that Pettitte and Knoblauch, especially Pettitte, had not had been allowed to skip out on the hearings. Then maybe we could have heard about how Andy misremembered things all of the time.
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My final impression is the same as it was coming in. That Clemens used HGH and steroids. All of his alibis have fallen apart. Pettitte backed McNamee. Knoblauch backed McNamee. The Nanny backed McNamee. Dan Burton backed Clemens, and he's got about as much credibility as Dick Cheney talking about WMD in Iraq.
All that I can think of now is a little song about lies, tell me lies, tell me sweet little lies. Tell me, tell me lies.
-- John Royal