Beating the Dead Man
Read the transcript Josh Marshall has posted of WH Spokesman Bartlett trying to spin the recent CBS release of the Killian memos. Count how many times he points out that Killian is No More, has Joined His Fathers, Has Migrated to the Other Side, is Pulse-challenged, etc. I keep expecting Eric Idle to shrill, "oh no - he's just resting!
Seriously, the subtext is obvious. Bartlett is saying if he were living, he'd be receiving the Smear DeLuxe, but it would probably backfire to smear a dead guy so we'll just berate him for being dead.