Whoda thunk Sandy Berger, the former Clinton security adviser, would turn out to be the silly season’s hot story?

The report from CBS seemed to focus, not surprisingly,on the dastardly Republicans who (CBS presumes, possibly rightly) leaked the news that Berger is under investigation. He admits removing terrorism-related material from our national archives, some of which he is said to have stuffed in his socks and some of which he is said to have stuffed elsewhere.

Berger attributes the removal of the material to sloppiness–he’s apparently a very absent-minded guy. But this could turn out to be quite serious.

While we’re waiting to find out what Sandy took and why he took it, enjoy Jonah Goldberg’s hilarious post on the plight of the now former Kerry adviser on National Review’s “The Corner”:


I was afraid the sock part was too good to be true. The Berger team is denying it, which doesn’t mean it’s not true of course. From CNN:

In a statement issued late Monday, Berger said the removal of those papers was unintentional. But law enforcement sources told CNN that some of the papers he is said to have taken from the National Archives were stuffed into his socks as well as other parts of his clothing.

That allegation drew sharp responses from two of Berger’s associates. President Clinton’s former spokesman, Joe Lockhart, said Berger “categorically denies that he ever took documents and stuffed them in his socks.

“That is absurd,” said Lockhart, who is now advising Berger. “And anyone who says that is interested in something other than the truth.”

Of course, being cleared of the sock-stuffing is not exactly getting cleared.