Eric Embarrassment Watch I

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Who’s "Eric"? I don’t know — perhaps a Special Assistant to the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Whoever he is, chances are he’ll be out of a job by the end of the day.

Why? It looks like he left his notes regarding strategy sessions on how to deal with Clarke, etc. at a D.C. Starbucks. (Included in his notes was a hand-drawn map to Rumsfeld’s house — probably not a good thing to leave laying about).

Make of it what you will, but it’s interesting and/or ironic that, like the floppy disk found some time ago and Andrew Card’s revealing admission, the emphasis is once again on selling a message rather than, you know, actually doing government work. One gets the impression that PR is job number one in the Bush Administration, and "the business of the people" (to use an old Nixon phrase) is secondary.

Actually, I guess that’s good. I’d rather have them leaving notes like these at a Starbucks rather than, say, military secrets.

Update: If you can ignore their gratuitous editorials and rhetoric (and you should if you want to make up your own mind), The Center for American Progress has the "Eric Notes" here (PDF format). Yes, they wisely redacted the map to Rumsfeld’s house.