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Tuesday, November 16, 2004 - Page updated at 12:00 A.M.

Guest columnist
Six degrees of recrimination

By Bruce Feirstein
Special to the Los Angeles Times

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"In the aftermath, the Democrats will form their ritual circular firing squad of recriminations."

— Former Clinton adviser Sidney Blumenthal, writing in the Guardian, Nov. 4

BRUCE Springsteen blames Jon Bon Jovi. John Bon Jovi blames James Taylor. James Taylor blames Pearl Jam. Pearl Jam blames the Dixie Chicks. The Dixie Chicks blame Dave Matthews. Dave Matthews blames Michael Stipe. Michael Stipe blames Bono.

Bono blames George Soros. George Soros blames Move-On.Org. blames Michael Moore. Michael Moore blames Don Imus. Don Imus blames Howard Stern. Howard Stern blames Al Franken. Al Franken blames Jon Stewart. Jon Stewart blames CNN's "Crossfire" and Paul Krugman.

Paul Krugman blames Katrina vanden Heuvel. Katrina vanden Heuvel blames Maureen Dowd. Maureen Dowd blames Graydon Carter. Graydon Carter blames David Remnick. David Remnick blames Bill Keller. Bill Keller blames Dan Rather. Dan Rather blames the bloggers.

The bloggers blame Joe Trippi. Joe Trippi blames Howard Dean. Howard Dean blames John Kerry. John Kerry blames Terry McAuliffe. Terry McAuliffe blames John Edwards. John Edwards blames Zell Miller. Zell Miller blames James Carville.

James Carville blames Stephanie Cutter. Stephanie Cutter blames Joe Lockhart. Joe Lockhart blames John Sasso. John Sasso blames Bob Shrum. Bob Shrum blames Mark Mellman. Mark Mellman blames Mike McCurry. Mike McCurry blames Tad Devine. Tad Devine blames Mary Beth Cahill. Mary Beth Cahill blames Gavin Newsom. Gavin Newsom blames Cher.

Cher blames Ashton Kutcher. Ashton Kutcher blames Leonardo DiCaprio. Leonardo DiCaprio blames Sharon Stone. Sharon Stone blames Tim Robbins. Tim Robbins blames Barbra Streisand. Barbra Streisand blames Whoopi Goldberg. Whoopi Goldberg blames Ben Affleck.

Ben Affleck blames P. Diddy. P. Diddy blames Ben Affleck. They both agree: It's all J-Lo's fault.

Bruce Feirstein is a columnist for the New York Observer and screenwriter of three James Bond movies.

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