Ari Fleischer Becomes a Packer Backer

The Green Bay Packers' management team has not been particularly adept in its handling of Brett Favre, who wants to return to his starting quarterback job, be released, or be traded (presumably to a team that has a decent receiver or two). It's likely that Packers management will compound that problem by hiring former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer "for one month to help them handle the public relations nightmare the situation has created."

When he wasn't helping Dick Cheney out CIA agents, Comical Ari's specialty was spinning lies to the media. The Packers really think he's equipped to help them clean up the mess they've made? Does Fleischer plan to accuse Favre of hiding WMD's in his locker? Unlike White House reporters, local sports reporters tend to know the difference between truth and lies. For the Packers, the nightmare has only begun.

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    Can't they get Donna Brazile? (5.00 / 1) (#12)
    by MarkL on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 03:13:03 PM EST
    She's so good as smoothing things over.

    It's a good day to be a Bears fan (none / 0) (#1)
    by ruffian on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 02:00:42 PM EST
    I don't get to say that very often.

    Comical Ari HA! (none / 0) (#2)
    by flashman on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 02:07:55 PM EST
    Best line of the day :)

    Well TChris the Bush Admin. (none / 0) (#3)
    by TheJoker on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 02:15:55 PM EST
    DID get away with like 99.999% of their bullcrap while Ari was lying and filibustering for them. Maybe the Pack know what they are doing after all.

    One phone call from Ari.... (none / 0) (#4)
    by kdog on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 02:19:52 PM EST
    and the opposing team's best player gets sent to Guantanamo Bay.

    Not even Favre can choke that kind of advantage away:)

    More likely... (5.00 / 1) (#8)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 02:51:53 PM EST
    ...one call from Ari and Aaron Rodgers "mysteriously" vanishes off the face of the earth.  

    Poof--everyone's problem is solved.  Well, until BF decides he's retiring again.    


    True that... (none / 0) (#9)
    by kdog on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 02:55:47 PM EST
    or even more likely...Ari will call in his connections to make Favre go away...that's what the Pack front office really wants.

    By next week he will be audited by the IRS, be the target of a DEA painkiller distribution ring investigation, and placed on the no-fly list...:)  


    I would love that! (5.00 / 1) (#11)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 03:03:29 PM EST
    I'm sooo tired of hearing about BF 24/7. They even interupted last night's game for his plane landing in the Land o' Cheese.  Give me a break.

    The Farve lovers remind me of another group who can't seem to move on.


    I'm glad the Jets didn't get him.... (none / 0) (#13)
    by kdog on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 03:13:41 PM EST
    the NY sports media was clamoring for it, but I think he's pretty much washed up.

    Not to mention a big-time media circus distraction.


    Yeah... (none / 0) (#14)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 03:18:22 PM EST
    ...he would have been a one year stop-gap at best.  Although, I'm not sure that either Clements or Pennington are the long-term answer for the J-E-T-S.  

    Not sure either.... (none / 0) (#15)
    by kdog on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 03:26:19 PM EST
    I'm a big Chad Pennington fan but he can never seem to stay healthy...and I think his throwing shoulder is held together with scotch tape and rubber bands at this point.

    Clemens...who knows?  Uninspiring so far.

    At least either one should have a better O-Line in front of them.

    You a Broncos fan?  Big do or die year for Jay Cutler...  


    I don't think (none / 0) (#16)
    by CST on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 03:28:27 PM EST
    The Jets have a long-term answer.  Not to the power-house in their division who will go nameless so I don't get skewered for supporting the most hated team in professional sports.

    You can name them.... (none / 0) (#18)
    by kdog on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 03:50:41 PM EST
    are you referring to the cheaters a little up I-95?..lol

    I miss your old helmets with the American revolutionary snapping the football...they were the coolest.


    Well... (none / 0) (#17)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 03:37:21 PM EST
    ...mostly by default.  I was born and bred as a Colts fan.  I spent many a Sunday at old Memorial Stadium watching Johnny U and company in the glory days.  

    When they snuck out of Baltimore in the middle of the night, that put the kiebosh on that.  

    We'll see about Cutler--hopefully he has the diabetes under control and will be stronger this year.  He should have the play book down by now.  They've lost a lot of leadership with Rod Smith and John Lynch leaving.  Hard to replace that.


    Rod Smith.... (none / 0) (#19)
    by kdog on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 03:52:05 PM EST
    what a stellar career he had, without much fanfare.

    For most of us of a certain age, (none / 0) (#20)
    by Anne on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 05:22:02 PM EST
    the Colts will always be the Baltimore Colts...

    Damn, I'm old...


    Ugh, the media distraction (none / 0) (#21)
    by nycstray on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 05:38:22 PM EST
    is something we could do without.

    dang! I need to start getting into FB, drafting teams later this month. I took some gambles last year and pulled off first :) Unless I have early picks, I suspect my gambles will be taken away.


    Not to be forgotten (none / 0) (#5)
    by Steve M on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 02:41:55 PM EST
    in the context of today's energy debate:

    Q    Is one of the problems with this, and the entire energy field, American lifestyles?  Does the President believe that, given the amount of energy Americans consume per capita, how much it exceeds any other citizen in any other country in the world, does the President believe we need to correct our lifestyles to address the energy problem?

         MR. FLEISCHER:  That's a big no.  The President believes that it's an American way of life, and that it should be the goal of policy makers to protect the American way of life.  The American way of life is a blessed one.  And we have a bounty of resources in this country.  What we need to do is make certain that we're able to get those resources in an efficient way, in a way that also emphasizes protecting the environment and conservation, into the hands of consumers so they can make the choices that they want to make as they live their lives day to day.

    Ugh (none / 0) (#6)
    by CST on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 02:46:33 PM EST
    Luckily, this is happening anyway.  People aren't stupid, gas gets too expensive and they start taking the train/bus.

    Not to mention cities, states, developers, planners, and engineers have already started to shift their tactics.  Why is the federal government always last??


    Heh (5.00 / 1) (#7)
    by Steve M on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 02:51:16 PM EST
    Electing a Republican in 2000 didn't help!

    The feds are always last (none / 0) (#23)
    by oldpro on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 07:29:20 PM EST
    because they - and they alone - do not have to balance a budget or pay the bills!

    They either borrow more money or print more money or both.  Either way, you're screwed.


    With his reputation (none / 0) (#10)
    by mmc9431 on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 03:00:02 PM EST
    Do they think anyone would believe anything that Ari Fleicher would say or put out to the media? This is even dumber than their attempt to block BF from returning to football.

    They couldn't get Scott McClellan? (none / 0) (#22)
    by oculus on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 05:51:14 PM EST
    BTW, TChris, important criminal justice news awaits you:  death row inmate says he is too fat to be executed.  See AP/Newsday.  

    I saw that (none / 0) (#24)
    by TChris on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 10:22:48 PM EST
    but I'm in Chicago getting ready for an oral argument, and I hate blogging from my tiny laptop keyboard.  Maybe tomorrow.

    Do a great job. (none / 0) (#25)
    by oculus on Mon Aug 04, 2008 at 11:12:03 PM EST
    heh (none / 0) (#26)
    by weltec2 on Tue Aug 05, 2008 at 12:21:05 AM EST
    I can relate to that. It was so cool when I bought it. I could fit it into my backpack... take it anywhere without breaking my back... but the keyboard drives me nuts after a while.

    then blame the packers' inept mgmt. (none / 0) (#27)
    by cpinva on Tue Aug 05, 2008 at 01:17:52 AM EST
    I'm sooo tired of hearing about BF 24/7. They even interupted last night's game for his plane landing in the Land o' Cheese.  Give me a break.

    they could have done the intelligent thing: traded him, or just let him come to camp and compete for the starting job. but no, that would have made wayyyyyyyyyyyyyy to much sense. instead, they created a problem that had no good reason to exist.

    if he's still so good, they don't want him going elsewhere, he should have been suited up on the first day of training camp. if not, they should have traded him for help at receiver or the offensive line. either way, problem solved.

    i have no sympathy for the packers management, or the team's shareholders.

    The Mess *They've* Made? (none / 0) (#28)
    by creeper on Tue Aug 05, 2008 at 09:26:43 AM EST
    "The Packers really think he's equipped to help them clean up the mess they've made?"

    The Packers had nothing to do with making this mess.  They simply believed Brett Favre when he told them he was through.  They designated a new quarterback.  Then, when Favre flip-flopped, they told him he he couldn't just demand the starting job back.

    Favre is a heluva quarterback and a hero on the gridiron to those in this household.

    He's also a wavering, waffling namby-pamby when it comes to making up his mind.  Don't blame Green Bay.  There's doing the best they can with a difficult man.