Monday, July 18, 2005
Bush Remains Mum on Rove; Softens "Threat"
President Bush remained silent yet another day when asked by reporters to comment on the growing scandal involving his "Brain," chief advisor Karl Rove. The standard GOP response, which the ever-articulate Bush has seemingly mastered, is that as long as the case is being investigated by special prosecutor Pat Fitzgerald, it's going to be itsnay on Rovesnay. Bush said today: "We have a serious ongoing investigation here and it's being played out in the press. It's best people wait until the investigation is complete before you jump to conclusions. I don't know all the facts. I want to know all the facts. I would like this to end as quickly as possible. If someone committed a crime, they will no longer work in my administration." Notice the ever so subtle change in language, from "is responsible for leaks," which is what he's previously said, to "committed a crime." Nice backpedal, George. I think this makes you a flip-flopper. Now that he definitively knows, as does the rest of the nation, that Rove indeed outed ex-CIA agent Valerie Wilson (nee Plame), and is therefore the source of the now-infamous leak, the stakes have changed, and the language parsed. Now Rove has to be found guilty of committing a crime before his boss will toss 'ole Turd Blossom to the political curb. Why am I not surprised? This administration, and Bush himself, has consistently thumbed its nose at the constitution and the rule of law. Its arrogance knows no boundaries. For its abuses of power, and veil of secrecy, it has no peers, except for the Nixon gang. Let's hope this is one mess that Rove cannot sweep under the proverbial rug, especially since he's at the center of the storm. Andy