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July 12, 2005

Rove Recap of the Day

John Kerry thinks Karl Rove needs to be fired, and Hillary Clinton nodded her approval. "I'm nodding," she says.

Even some Republicans are jumping on the 'find out what's up with Rove' bandwagon.

On the Today Show, Tim Russert quipped "As one Republican said to me last night, if this was a Democratic White House we'd have congressional hearings in a second."

But then, I tend to think that this Administration is very crafty, very clever, very corrupt and they heart Karl Rove bunches and bunches. He's been a key player for a very, very long time and George Bush needs him. As Norbizness says "He's lost without Karl, like the petal of a delicate flower set adrift in the misty gales of a hurricane."

If they can find a way to get him off, they will.

And where the heck does RNC Chairman, Ken Mehlman get off throwing this out there as a talking point?

"It's disappointing that once again, so many Democrat leaders are
taking their political cues from the far-left, Moveon wing of the party.
The bottom line is Karl Rove was discouraging a reporter from writing a
false story based on a false premise and the Democrats are engaging in
blatant partisan political attacks." -RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman

Do the American people really care where Democratic leaders are 'taking their political cues from' or what context the revealing of the name of a CIA agent was in? Even if it was just a "I'm going to take a shit, but I hope Wilson is not in the john because his wife works for the CIA and she always wears old lady shoes on her trips to investigate WMDs and Wilson can't stop talking about how much he hates those shoes."

What we really care about is why the heck our national security was compromised, who the heck did it, how's that person gonna be punished, and what we can do so that it won't happen again, right?

Curious though, that Ken Mehlman would release such talking points before briefing Scott McClellan on those well-crafted lies. Poor Scottie looked like a dear in the headlights yesterday while the White House Press Corps feasted on his incoherent no commenting.

And let's not forget kiddies what our tough, manly President said back in September 2003:

"I want to know the truth. If anybody has got any information, inside
our administration or outside our administration, it would be helpful if
they came forward with the information so we can find out whether or not
these allegations are true and get on about the business."

Later in the month, Bush added, "[I]f there is a leak out of my
administration, I want to know who it is. And if the person has violated
the law, the person will be taken care of."

And then again in June 2004, we have this gem.

Mr. McClellan and Mr. Bush have both made clear that leaking Ms. Plame's
identity would be considered a firing offense by the White House. Mr. Bush
was asked about that position most recently a little over a year ago, when
he was asked whether he stood by his pledge to fire anyone found to have
leaked the officer's name. "Yes," he replied, on June 10, 2004.

However today, the cat has got the monkey's tongue.

President Bush was asked today if he planned to fire Karl Rove, a senior
aide at the center of an investigation over the unmasking of an undercover
C.I.A. officer, and he offered only a stony silence in reply.

"Are you going to fire him?" the president was asked twice in a brief Oval
Office appearance with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore. Both
times, the president ignored the questions.

Then a White House aide signaled that the session was over. "Out those
doors, please," the aide told journalists. "Thank you very much."

Nothin' to see here, move along now folks. But look! Over there! I think there's a white woman bailing on her wedding day!