You remember modified limited hangout, don’t you? March 22, 1973. Richard Nixon and his merry band of men coming up with a plan to explain away Watergate.
PRESIDENT: You think, you think we want to, want to go this route now? And the–let it hang out, so to speak?
DEAN: Well, it’s, it isn’t really that–
HALDEMAN: It’s a limited hang out.
DEAN: It’s a limited hang out.
EHRLICHMAN: It’s a modified limited hang out.
PRESIDENT: Well, it’s only the questions of the thing hanging out publicly or privately.
DEAN: What it’s doing, Mr. President, is getting you up above and away from it. And that’s the most important thing.
PRESIDENT: Oh, I know. But I suggested that the other day and we all came down on, uh, remember we came down on, uh, on the negative on it. Now what’s changed our mind?
DEAN: The lack of alternatives, or a body. (laughter)
Fast forward to May 12, 2009. Roger Clemens and his merry band of men have adopted the modified limited hangout strategy as their own.
Clemens has clearly convinced himself that his stellar career was all-natural, and he’s on a mission to convince the rest of us.
He hired a high-powered Washington public relations firm that he says told him to get out there and refute the steroid claims made in a new book called “American Icon: The Fall of Roger Clemens and the Rise of Steroids in America’s Pastime.” So he resurfaced on ESPN radio’s “Mike and Mike Show.” And all he did was sell books.
What moron goes on the air to give free publicity to a book that calls him a cheater? Now we know.
The PR firm says Clemens may do more interviews after he gets back from vacation.
Vacation? From what?
(I stole that line from “The Larry Sanders Show.”)