The Talking Lion

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

So malevolent it's admirable.

The White House has been tiptoeing pretty carefully around l'Affaire Rove, but the Republican National Committee has quite clearly taken a side. I'll give you a hint, it's not Valerie Plame's:
Democrats and most of the Beltway press corps are baying for Karl Rove's head over his role in exposing a case of CIA nepotism involving Joe Wilson and his wife, Valerie Plame. On the contrary, we'd say the White House political guru deserves a prize--perhaps the next iteration of the "Truth-Telling" award that The Nation magazine bestowed upon Mr. Wilson before the Senate Intelligence Committee exposed him as a fraud.

I mean, that's a fucking amaxing thing to say! The shear chutzpah blows me away! "CIA nepotism"! The Senate Intelligence Committee exposed him as a fraud!! News to me. I know this is a theme that's been popping up more and more among intellectual left-wingers, so let me state it now before I get into specific claims, and then I'll come back to it at the end: the right wing is now the party of the postmodern. Indeed, this article is the reductio ad absurdum of the postmodern.

Here is a list of claims in that article:
1) Joseph Wilson's trip to Africa was a matter of "nepotism," but he acknowledges that his wife had suggested him, but this was because he was a logical candidate for the job; he had been an ambassador to the area and knew how to get the information he wanted.

2) Karl Rove as "whistle-blower" of a CIA scandal, who didn't even know Plame's name (as if this matters, knowing that she is Wilson's wife is, I would think, pretty specific), and he was just making public information passed to him by other "journalists" (who apparently had enough wherewithal to not out a field agent): Karl Rove is one of the key minds behind this Administration, and is present at almost every meeting. There is nothing he does not know. Moreover, he is well-known at being an expert on digging out every single bit of information and then using that information, no matter what it is, against the person. Case in point: In the 2000 South Carolina primary he had "push polls" done that asked whether people would be more or less likely to vote for John McCain if they knew he had an illegitimate bi-racial daughter. What do you think these people though when they saw him there with his adopted daughter? The man is a nightmare.

3) Even if Rove did it (which is basically acknoweledged by the tone of the piece), it wasn't a crime, which even the New York Times (etc.) agree on. Of course, what they agree on is that Judith Miller et al. shouldn't have gone to jail (I am undecided, leaning towards they should have) for not revealing the source (can anyone tell me why Robert Novak, who published Plame's identity, isn't with them?). As of now all media outlets are actively pursuing the story. That's why it's an invesigation.

Anyway, there's more, but you can read it for yourself. To go back to my point, this is postmodernism at its finest. I doubt the person who wrote this even cares about the truth, or would care if it came to be generally known. Facts no longer impinge. Everything in our discourse has sunk to the level of opinion, so it's up to you to make your opinion fact. "The marketplace of ideas," I guess. I do not doubt that we will soon hear "conservatives" constantly chanting these lines with zeal. All that matters in a democracy is majority opinion anyway.

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