21 October 2005

No accountability for wrongdoing, just doing it wrong

As the threat of indictments moves closer--and Karl and Scooter look increasingly radioactive--The N.Y. Daily News just torched the administration:

WASHINGTON - An angry President Bush rebuked chief political guru Karl Rove two years ago for his role in the Valerie Plame affair, sources told the Daily News...Bush has nevertheless remained doggedly loyal to Rove, who friends and even political adversaries acknowledge is the architect of the President's rise from baseball owner to leader of the free world...Other sources confirmed, however, that Bush was initially furious with Rove in 2003 when his deputy chief of staff conceded he had talked to the press about the Plame leak.

Bush has always known that Rove often talks with reporters anonymously and he generally approved of such contacts, one source said.

But the President felt Rove and other members of the White House damage-control team did a clumsy job in their campaign to discredit Plame's husband, Joseph Wilson, the ex-diplomat who criticized Bush's claim that Saddam Hussen tried to buy weapons-grade uranium in Niger.

A second well-placed source said some recently published reports implying Rove had deceived Bush about his involvement in the Wilson counterattack were incorrect and were leaked by White House aides trying to protect the President.

"Bush did not feel misled so much by Karl and others as believing that they handled it in a ham-handed and bush-league way," the source said.
Two years ago. Before opining that we might never know who the staffers are. Before vowing to follow through on the promise to fire anyone involved. Those wouldn't have been LIES, would they? Surely he wouldn't have been helping OBSTRUCT AN ONGOING INVESTIGATION, would he?

Kind of makes you want to look up the definition of "high crimes and misdemeanors," doesn't it?

It raises an interesting question, though. If our prayers are answered and we found ourselves delivered from Dear Leader...and Cheney is also exposed as the petty, vengeful cretin he is...are we ready for President Hastert?
Of course, the most telling tidbit is that he wasn't upset about the treasonous attempt to smear Joe Wilson, so much as how poorly his despicable band of slime-merchants went about doing it. How do you like your "values candidate" now, Red State America? The only values on display are in line with your average five year-old's: He's sorry, alright; sorry he got caught. Hope it was worth it.

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