Rush Limbaugh, yesterday:
We finally have the press release which has been made public here by the independent counsel, Patrick Fitzgerald — who, by the way, the liberals…are all calling him “Eliot Ness.” He’s an Eliot Ness out there. What does that mean? It means that Al Capone is in the White House. These terms here are not accidentally chosen.
One minor kink in Rush’s theory: it wasn’t “liberals” who first noted the Ness/Fitzgerald link — it was a Bush administration official. From USA Today, 12/30/03, the day after Fitzgerald was appointed to lead the leak probe:
Acting in Ashcroft’s place, Deputy Attorney General James Comey appointed the U.S. attorney in Chicago, Patrick Fitzgerald, to lead the investigation as special prosecutor. …
Comey described Fitzgerald, who also is a Bush appointee, as “Eliot Ness with a Harvard law degree and a sense of humor.”
We presume Comey doesn’t liken anyone in the White House to Al Capone, but maybe Rush knows something we don’t.