Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Rove is dead! Long live Rove!

To paraphrase William Shakespeare, the Karl Rove "affair" is "a tale told by an idiot -- full of sound and fury, signifying nothing." The idiots telling the story are me and the pundits and other like-minded bloggers and talking heads. Why? Because unless special counsel Patrick Fitzgerald has a signed confession from Rove the chances of him leaving the White House by pink slip or orange jumpsuit are as small as my readership. But enjoy the illusion of political danger Rove is in for now because it will end.

To review, Joseph Wilson, a career foreign service officer and U.S. ambassador for 23 years angered W and crew when he published an article explaining how the Iraq seeking uranium story was untrue and that including that claim in the 2003 State of the Union speech was grossly in error. The uranium story was important to the U.S. march to war as it gave the "mushroom cloud" fear-mongering credibility.

How did Rove respond? Probably, "Let's take Wilson and his wife out back and kick the sh*t out of them!" That we don't know for sure. What we do know is that Rove picked up his phone and called at least one reporter, Matt Cooper of Time magazine and most likely Robert "Novakula" Novak and by his own admission, through his criminal defense lawyer of course, talked about "Wilson's wife" and he did so with Cooper on "double super secret background" whatever that is. Doesn't sound like a casual conversation in passing about a warning not to get too far in front of the Wilson thing. That is don't get too far in front of the truth that Iraq was not seeking significant quantities of uranium from Niger or any other country. No matter. Wilson was deemed politico non grata and his wife was "fair game" according to Rove. It's the new Republican math. Openly "outed" daughters, ala Mary Cheney are off limits, outing CIA wives perfectly fine.

So let's review the people who tried to take responsiblity for the error of the "Iraq seeking uranium claim" getting into W's 2003 State of the Union address. 1. Condi Rice got promoted from National Security Advisor to Secretary of State; 2. George Tenet, Director of CIA got the Medal of Freedom and 3. Stephen Hadley went from Condi's deputy to getting her job. And Karl Rove who tried to protect that false story by beating up on Joe Wilson's wife? According to Jon Stewart's Daily Show, "Can you say Supreme Court Justice Rove?"


Blogger scott heiman said...

It all comes down to Fitzgerald. What he says will determine the debate on Rove and the White House.

I still think Fitzgerald is going after higher ups, based on his past experience.

Stay tuned.

10:05 AM  

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