In today’s leak in the Leak-gate investigation, a secret source confirms that top White House flying monkeys Karl Rove and Scooter Libbey are under suspicion of perjuring themselves to federal agents and obstructing justice. These allegations come on top of charges that Rove violated the law when he revealed the identity of CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson to reporters.
Why are men who are under suspicion of such serious crimes still working at the White House? Karl Rove has tacitly admitted – through leaks from his attorney – that he gave Mrs. Wilson away to Time Magazine’s Matt Cooper.
And yet we’re given photo ops of Bush dry humping Karl on the White House lawn. Ya think that might come back to haunt him?
We seem to have reached the tipping point where Bush’s famous cajones have been reduced to hubris.
Prior to this administration, there was a truism about working in West Wing: Everyone is expendable except for the President. By keeping a minion who is in such bad odor so close to him, it appears Bush feels he can’t govern without Karl.
In fact, what Rove has accomplished until now largely rises from his success in keeping the press corps in submission. With the media supine, Rove and the GOP messagemeisters pulled off a very neat trick. They created their own reality, as they described it, about the urgency for going to war in Iraq.
But reality has a way of rearing its ugly head. And the reality of politics, just like life, is that the truth will always come out.
Karl’s skills at media manipulation may now become moot. The million dollar babies who cover the White House feel betrayed. They are cranky because they were roused out of a half-decade’s stupor with the harsh news that Bush’s spokesman Scott McClellan lied to them in the fall of 2003 when he absolved Rove and Libbey of the “ridiculous” charge that they were the Plame leakers.
You mean Scott would lie?! To us?? Why – it’s just unthinkable!
Judith Miller may not be the most popular of the DC Kool Kids – she so totally sucked up to Rove et al before the war. But the DC Clique sees her as one of their own – and they know that one of Bush’s senior monkeys is her secret source – and he could get her out of jail by coming forward. I suspect they even know which one. (As noted, I think it’s Ari Fleischer.)
Who knows – maybe the press will earn its keep for a change. The threads are unraveling. All you have to do is pull one.