Friday, June 10, 2005

In Praise of Deep Throat

U.S. Rep. Dave Obey used his convention speech to praise Mark Felt for his contribution to American politics.

Obey said Felt, the former FBI official known as "Deep Throat," chose an opportune time to reveal himself.

"At no time since Watergate have we needed a more stark reminder" of the benefits of openness in governnment, Obey said, comparing the present-day administration to that of former President Richard Nixon's, saying both were run by a small circle of "ideologues."

"I want to simply raise a glass and thank Mark Felt," Obey said. "He has reminded us of the dangers of excess secrecy."

During Obey's administration-bashing, he was interrupted by a lone delegate who shouted "Impeach Bush!" which was greeted by a brief scattering of applause.