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The rule of holes

Posted by ESC on October 05, 2006

JAMES CARVILLE, CNN POLITICAL ANALYST: I -- what I honestly make of it is, Speaker (Dennis) Hastert is not going to last the week. And it's a thing called the rule of holes. When you have dug yourself a hole, the first thing is to stop digging. And every day, it -- the hole is getting deeper and deeper. So, I think they're going to, like, take the shovel.


WOLF BLITZER: Do you think he will resign before the election?

CARVILLE: Oh, by the -- I think he's going to resign by the end of the week. I don't think there's any doubt about it. I mean, they got to get the shovel out the man's hand.

CNN, The Situation Room. Aired October 4, 2006. Transcript at

Actually, I thought what Mr. Carville said was "the first rule of holes." But I could be wrong.