I'm listening to the McNamee-Clemens phone call and Godfather II pops into my head. As McNamee moans about poverty and his son's illness it almost seems like he's trying to trick Clemens into offering him something when he asks "What do you want me to do?"
I was reminded of Frank Pentangeli in Godfather II, who initially testifies against the Corleones, but then clams up and commits suicide knowing his family will be well taken care of. With that in mind, here's what I expect to happen around the congressional circus next week:
Rep. Henry Waxman is invited to spend the night at an offshore casino. He wakes up with a dead prostitute and no memory of the last 12 hours. Clemens's lawyer, Rusty Hardin ensures him everything will be taken care of.
At the hearing, Clemens indignantly restates his innocence. Waxman stands up and gives a brief speech about his respect for Clemens and the game of baseball, then quickly excuses himself. The hearing adjourns for lunch.
After lunch, as McNamee prepares to be questioned by the committee, Clemens and Hardin arrive accompanied by McNamee's brother. McNamee claims the FBI told him what to say, but he's never seen Clemens's derrière.
McNamee is carted off to prison, but smiles as he announces that an anonymous donor has offered to pay for medical care and a lifetime supply of gluten-free foods for his son.
I swear I read somewhere that McNamee is a former NYPD vice cop, anyone else hear that? If true, it would make me think that he was trying to get Clemens to trip up and incriminate himself during the call.