Saturday, July 16, 2005

Rove Watch, Day Three

Naturally, we can expect the weekend talking head shows to roll Karl Rove around, bounce him off the walls and floor, etc. I'm keeping one ear on'em, and not hearing much on either side that hasn't been going round the room for awhile.

Jon Henke at Q&O did an interesting wrap-up yesterday, but I think he did miss some key points. Quoth Henke:

"The only questions that remain are:

"1. ...whether Rove acted unethically by talking about Valerie Plame at all, and..

"2. ...who did, in fact, first mention Plame to a journalist."

To that, I would add two more questions that we're probably going to have to wait to get the whole truth on:

3. Who said what to the grand jury?

4. To what extent, if any, might White House damage control ops have slowed down the sorting out of the whole thing?

It wasn't cigars and stained dresses that brought Bill Clinton to the Senate as only the second president to be impeached. It was perjury.

It wasn't the Watergate break-in that ultimately brought down Richard Nixon. It was the cover-up.

This isn't going to go away any time soon -- unless the grand jury concludes its work and gives Rove a clean bill of health with respect to honesty.

It isn't going to go away any time soon -- unless the White House is able to convincingly say that it didn't engage in games to drag the thing out without a resolution that might reflect badly on the administration.

It may become boring. Hell, it may already seem trite. But it's going to get chewed on until it either disintegrates in the chewers' mouths or provides them with some sustenance.

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