The Talking Lion

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

More like Deputy Jerk of Staff, am I rite?

There's a lot of Rove posts in the blogosphere today; if you collected everyone's 2 cents, i bet there'd be enough to finance the another tax cut or two. What I am glad to see it two things, the press is doing its job (see: Sean's post below) and the Republicans are trying to circle the wagons around an indefensible man.
With a growing number of Democrats calling for Rove's resignation, the Republican National Committee and congressional Republicans sought to discredit Democratic critics and knock down allegations of possible criminal activity.

"The angry left is trying to smear" Rove, RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman, a Rove protege, said in an interview.

we're trying to smear him. There's so much delicious irony just dripping from that sentence. But of course, the R's know what they're doing:
The emerging GOP strategy -- devised by Mehlman and other Rove loyalists outside of the White House -- is to try to undermine those Democrats calling for Rove's ouster, play down Rove's role and wait for President Bush's forthcoming Supreme Court selection to drown out the controversy, according to several high-level Republicans.

It's not that Rove is innocent, they're just rying to stall until the press get's distracted by the bigger story of SCOTUS nominations. It's a good strategy given the laziness of the mainstream press, but if the White House press corp keeps on Scottie "Really Terrible At Lying Thus Terrible At His Job" McClellan it's not going to work.

The problem of course is that it's very possible, and alsmot certain, that Karl Rove broke a huge law by outing a CIA operative in Africa. Not only did he out her, her outted her intentionally and for political gain. So, this wasn't some accident, this was politics at its dirtiest. Someone should have told Rove that Valerie Plame is on our side,; not that it would've mattered: Rove would eat the still beating heart of his best friend's kitten if it would score points in polls. Thus, committing a felony is well within his potential.

This issue is a true test of whether the D's can muster enough courage and conviction to do something right, er, correct. They need to keep yelling and yelling and yelling until the press cannot possibly continue to ignore it. BushCo needs to lose an important battle before he has a chance to build up momentum for the SCOTUS War.

UPDATE: Apparently Rove has been fired for leaking sensitive information to columnist and undead, Robert Novak before:
Although Rove was an advisor ostensibly working behind the scenes, his name continued to be associated with public controversy. During George H.W. Bush's second presidential campaign, Rove was fired from the campaign team because of suspicions that he had leaked information to columnist Robert Novak — the same columnist who first reported Plame's CIA role in 2003, citing anonymous administration sources.
UPDATE II: Ted from Crooked Timber, has a great post on the defense of Rove by the R's and FuaxNews. I can't suggest it strongly enough.

PS. I think it's amazingly telling that one of the biggest stories yesterday was that what happened in the White House press corp. For once these people are doing their jobs and yet they don't see the irony of covering their own action in print. I mean the only reason that facet is newsworthy is that they haven't done that in some time. My challenge to the press is to make this type of strong journalism less newsworthy by making it a mainstay in DC, at least.


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