Friday, August 05, 2005
Novak Down! Will Rove Be Next?
CNN yesterday indefinitely suspended right-wing pundit Robert Novak, a key figure in the Valerie Plame outing case under federal grand jury investigation, for throwing a fit on the set of its "Inside Politics" program. Novak, along with Democratic campaign guru James Carville, was discussing the Florida senate campaign where former state secretary and Bush operative Katherine Harris, aka Cruella de Ville, will be seeking the GOP seat. She currently is a congresswoman from the state's 13th district. The crusty old Novak, great at dishing dirt, barbs and inflammatory rhetoric, is evidently lousy at taking it. Carville was pushing some serious buttons about Novak needing to look tough to the GOP. Irate at Carville's badgering, he stormed off the set. A CNN spokeswoman, Edie Emery, said Novak's behavior was "inexcusable and unacceptable." She added that Novak had apologized to CNN, and CNN was apologizing to viewers. Alas, is this the start of something big? Could Karl Rove, pictured here with his chat pal Novak, be next? Is the proverbial house of cards crumbling? It's about time these guys start paying the price of their monumental arrogance and unethical behavior. The abuse of power, and disrespect for the rule of law, has gone unchecked...hopefully up until now. Novak's suspension could be a signal that the GOP's armor is starting to crack. Andy