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White House Backs Away from Rove -- a Bit

All over the news of late has been the Hateful Karl Rove who fancies himself to be the evilest of all geniuses. Well, he is about to find himself sitting not-so-pretty.

if you read this entire Washington Post article, you will get the full background on the matter. here is one highlight, er, low-light:

If Karl Rove, Bush's top political strategist, longtime friend and deputy chief of staff is actually indicted by Fitzgerald -- which now appears to be a possibility -- it would be an enormous blow to Bush's second term. Until Fitzgerald wraps up his highly secretive investigation, however, that's all just speculation.

So let's ask ourselves some more practical questions instead:

· Does Rove's current position pass the smell test?

· Taking into account Bush's previous statements about leaks, does this mean he now has no choice but to fire Rove?

· Did Rove keep all this from Bush?

· Or did Bush know, but chose to keep silent and do nothing?

Well, if it walks like a guilty party, talks like a guilty party then we are on our way to having a very guilty person.

At the W House today (via AP):

White House press secretary Scott McClellan refused to discuss the matter at two news briefings Monday. He said he would not comment because the leak is the focus of a federal criminal investigation.

"The prosecutors overseeing the investigation had expressed a preference to us that one way to help the investigation is not to be commenting on it from this podium," McClellan said in response to a barrage of questions about Rove and the previous White House denials.

Shrub said he would fire the leaker, but will he? What will he do for a brain if he has to fire Rove? This whole thing is disgusting. Why aren't more people paying attention and outraged?

Posted by Catherine on July 11, 2005
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It's getting out there, though. It was at the top of my NYT headlines today. No matter how one feels about journalism ethics, this is a STORY in capital letters.

Jounalists in general are afraid to take down Dubya because they feel sorry for him, but I don't think they'll have the same feelings for Rove.

Posted by: Pepper | Jul 11, 2005 7:13:31 PM

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