July 11, 2005

Times to Rove: Zingah!

Drudge reports that the New York Times plans to lead tomorrow by reporting on growing calls for Karl Rove's resignation. With this coming right after Scott McClellan refused to comment on previous claims that Rove was not involved in the Plame leak or to address Bush's previous pledge to fire anyone who was involved, "Turd Blossom" seems to be wilting a bit. The public probably doesn't perceive this at all, but they will if Rove resigns (moderately unlikely), gets indicted (even more unlikely), or is made into some sort of media pariah (crossing fingers).

EDIT: I just have to add this link. It is highly funny.

Image from WTF Is It Now??.


  1. Some truly funny stuff at 'WTF Is It Now??'

    Rove deserves whatever he gets on this. Hiding behind the fact that he didn't mention her name is absurd. How many wives does Rove think Wilson had, anyway.

    I think it's safe to say Rove has been a pariah in MSM, and certainly left leaning blogs, for several years now.

    If Plame was in fact a covert operative, he should go to jail. Even if he didn't know that, he should have, and if he truly didn't know, he should have assumed she was.

    It is unfortunate that this story overshadows the truth about the whole matter, which is that the Senate Intelligence Committee confirmed that Wilson was the liar, and that his report to the CIA after returning from Africa in 2002 was actually supportive of Bush's famous '16 words', not the other way around.

    Nevertheless, every gotcha is fair game in love and politics, and this is a big one for the dems.

  2. Really I think it's McClellan who comes off looking the worst when he responds to his previous comments (made during the ongoing investigation) by refusing to comment during an ongoing investigation. He's probably just following orders, but I think the press corps is right in pointing out that this sort of blatantly illogical tactic really undermines McClellan's credibility (not to mention his prior statements).

    The real problem for Bush in this whole affair, though, is that he now has to make a political decision about whether or not to triage his political decision-maker. I highly doubt that Rove's advice will be "Fire me." Perhaps Bush Sr. will step in and advise his son to follow his example (by firing Rove for leaking to the press).

  3. ben bradley5:41 PM

    MR. McCLELLAN: John, you can keep jumping in, but I'm going to try to keep going to other people in this room, as well. And we can have constructive dialogue here, I think, but that's not the way to do it.

    Q It's not my job to have a constructive dialogue, Scott. Sorry.