July 12, 2005


White House Silence on Rove's Role in Leak Enters 2nd Day (RICHARD W. STEVENSON and DAVID STOUT, 7/12/05, NY Times)

Judith Miller should at least be comforted that her bosses are waging a vendetta.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 12, 2005 8:10 PM

The Democrats and their media allies believe that Rove is the evil genius of the Bush administration. If they bring him down, they believe they will have crippled the president.

They're wrong.

They'll find that if they win this battle, nothing will have changed. In fact, they'll probably lose on a couple of more serious issues while they're celebrating bringing down Rove.

Posted by: Brandon at July 12, 2005 11:22 PM

Even if he is forced to resign (which I don't believe will happen), what's to stop him from doing what baseball managers do when ejected from the game? Namely, call the game from the locker room via a cellphone or hand signs - with no pay, of course.

A reward of some kind can be arranged afterwards, perhaps with Revlon or some other corporation after W. leaves office. I'm sure Governor Richardson of New Mexico would be willing to assist with this appointment(wink!)

Posted by: obc at July 12, 2005 11:35 PM

If it turns out that Cooper mis-characterized his "information" from Rove (back in the summer of 2003), then perhaps someone should ask David Gregory (and John Kerry) why the media always interpret, pursue, and spin against President Bush? Are they afraid of him? Do they believe he is corrupt and/or evil?

Are they capable of telling the truth? Just ask him that. I know if I ever see him on the street in D.C. or in NYC, I will go out of my way to do it. Assertively, if necessary. Bullies deserve no less.

And if Miller is the original 'source', will David Gregory aggressively question her? Will anyone (other than Patrick Fitzgerald)?

Bob Novak must be having the time of his life.

Posted by: jim hamlen at July 12, 2005 11:42 PM

Miller was the source for all the other media carrion-feeders. Her source was either Colin Powell or Wilson/Plame. I'm beginning to think the latter.

Posted by: ghostcat at July 13, 2005 1:21 AM

Miller would not go to this extent to protect Rove. The question is who is she protecting? I think it is either a prominent Democrat or a liberal CIA insider.

Posted by: jd watson at July 13, 2005 5:16 AM

The White House, or Rove himself, needs to stress the fact that Rove waived his confidentiality requirement 18 months ago, and Rove needs to reassert that waiver in relation to the situation with Miller, which would leave Judith with the option of revelaing her source, if her source was Rove, or continuing to maintain her silence, which would point towards another source.

A casual reader or TV viewer of the story so far would believe Rove is Miller's source as well, because the press reports to date at the big outlets have mentioned no other possible options. But based on the waiver, it's more likely No. 2 is the reality, and Miller herself may be the source the special prosecutor is looking for. But as of now the Rove-Cooper talk and e-mails have allowed the media (especially the Times itself, which has to know the truth) to gloss over the details of Miller's incarceration, except to say she's in jail and how horrible it is that Fitzgerald is doing this to her.

Posted by: John at July 13, 2005 6:04 AM

Well, it's not like Rove lied under oath or anything....

Posted by: Rick T. at July 13, 2005 9:20 AM

Remember that comment that Andrea Mitchell said Plame was common knowledge among the press. Beyond the original source, this means they were all talking to each other. Shouldn't a whole bunch of reporters be held as culpable as Rove supposedly is?

Posted by: RC at July 13, 2005 9:25 AM

Too soon to tell if Karl will need to resign. Normally, this kind of media attention leads to a resignation. If anyone can withstand a full court press, it is this President but if it becomes too much a distraction, then Rove will go on his own.

Brandon is right. Rove is a talisman for the left and the Dems in general, but he is not irreplacable.

Posted by: Bob at July 13, 2005 9:32 AM

If Rove was silly enough to lie under oath, or to the president, then he has to go.

I think there's nothing there, that Wilson is a liar and Plame is a fraud, and also think that there's someone else's being protected, but that doesn't change the above point.

Posted by: Brian (MN) at July 13, 2005 9:41 AM

Miller has to keep quiet because if the source is Powell or Tenet, then the story goes away. If the source is the Wilsons themselves, just to hurt Rove/Bush (as I have always thought), then the whole thing is a press circle-jerk, and Bob Novak still has the last laugh.

The real question is why the Times doesn't just fire Miller for being a loser/liar? My guess is that Matt Cooper won't be working at Time by next summer, so why should Miller stay? Her whole meme about being 'used' on the WMD story was silly, just crocodile tears for her colleagues.

Posted by: ratbert at July 13, 2005 12:18 PM

Cooper's wife is a Democrat operative. Her father is a Time editor.

Plame was Miller's source for the many NYT stories on WMD's.

Posted by: ghostcat at July 13, 2005 3:26 PM

Other timer-related headlines we can expect:
"40 Years and Counting: Kennedy Still a Tool"

Posted by: rufus_mcdoofus at July 13, 2005 5:48 PM

It's said that loyality is on top of the president's list of important qualities. He's fiercely loyal and expects the same from his staff. He won't deep six Rove the shameful way his father threw away Sununu.

Posted by: erp at July 13, 2005 6:51 PM

he didn't throw sununu far enough.

Posted by: cjm at July 13, 2005 7:40 PM