Monday, July 11, 2005

Turd Blossom

Finally, the pieces of the story have started to come together.
I don't think we're there yet. I think we'll learn more with regard to the suggestions that Judy Miller and Karl Rove may have been collaborators in spreading the Valerie Plame story rather than simply reporter and source. And I think that will shed the necessary light on the seemingly vindictive pursuit of Ms. Miller's testimony.
But as of today we know that, clearly, Karl Rove was at the center of an effort to exact revenge on an administration whistle-blower by leaking the identity of a covert CIA operative to the press.
Just as clearly (although we knew this all along) this man has no business collecting a salary from the United States public, and should have no role that gives him access to sensitive information. He is nothing but the slimiest sort of political operative, and almost certainly one who has committed crimes in pursuit of his boss's agenda.
The only honorable course for Mr. Rove would be for him to step down while the investigation comes to its conclusion. But I fear that Mr. Rove has no honor.
The proper course for the president would be to suspend Mr. Rove indefinitely, until all questions are settled. But we know that Mr. Bush has no sense of propriety.
So I suspect they will hunker down and try to hold out.
The press temporarily developed some courage today and peppered the White House Press Secretary with questions about previous statements made by him and others. How long their courage holds out is a big question. An even better question: Can the White House come up with a diversion that will draw them away from this line of questioning and set them back on their previous, ass-kissing, genuflecting track?
There's a lot more to say about the developments of the past few days. I may even get around to saying some of it. But for right now, the only thing I can say is that if Mr. Rove is to receive his just deserts, the attention of the left must stay narrowly focused on his actions.