Investigative reporter Kate Stone, author of the popular No Stone Unturned column, is getting suspicious. In today's column, titled "Who Let the Dogs Out?" she asked the following questions:
- Why did the owner of an Oscar Meyer Wienermobile, allegedly carjacked by Blat in Baltimore, abruptly drop charges after a lunch with Karl Rove?
- Who paid Blat’s $30,000 bail when he was arrested in Washington on breaches of violating Capitol security?
- Why, when he had been released, was he allowed to go free? Did no one think to put a monitoring device on him? Bail jumping is a criminal offense; particularly, you’d think, for a violation of national security. I mean, we’re at war, aren’t we? We’re fighting them here so we don’t have to fight them over there. Or is it the other way around? Oh, forget it.
- He was seen many times driving a blue 1973 Ford LTD similar to one reported missing from a Falls Church, VA, parking lot. But no one is hounding the police to "find the son of a bitch who stole my car." Nor is there any indication that the police were following him - and surely a car like that would be hard to miss.
- Where did he get the money for an expensive guitar and a return Nashville-Kauai-Kennebunkport flight? Did he receive other perks we don’t know about?
Ms. Stone hasn’t answered the questions yet, but she writes, "I’m watching him, and when I get more answers you’ll be the first to know, reader. There was talk of replacing him a while ago. He’d better watch his step; I don’t think the controversy is quite dead yet."
We will give you the response of Ralph and/or Blat when we receive it.
Meanwhile, since his return to the fold Blat has been seen wearing a suit and tie and strutting proudly in Ralph’s shadow. But Zen Caviar, in his "Fine Caviar" blog, reports that Blat told him wistfully, "That was a good time, being on the road. I felt wild and free. You know, like Jack Kerouac or Hunter S. Thompson." Will he hit the road again, do you think?