During the slow-motion unfolding of Karl Rove’s connection to the original smear campaign against former Ambassador Joseph Wilson –that he got his assignment because of his wife– I’ve wondered why it never seemed to matter.
It was tantalizing, thoughts of Mr. Rove resigning in disgrace, possibly being hauled into prison (the slimmest chance of which has since been obviated by careful spinning of his communication with the press) –but somehow, this scandal never felt anything like knocking on the door of change.
It had all the earmarks of a good course shifter: bald-faced lying, national security implications, a direct line to the innermost circle of the White House –but in the end, all that mattered was that it’s “old news” and “there was no crime.”
The Bush administration may yet be living on borrowed time however, despite Mr. Rove’s exoneration in the Plame/Wilson Affair.
For one thing, the heretofore sonambulent White House Press finally showed signs of irritation last week at having been lied to by the White House, putting Press Secretary Scott McClellan through some spirited Q&A over the revelation that Mr. Rove was in fact “involved” in the disclosure of Valerie Plame’s identity in 2003.
It ought then to be a short leap for someone to demand some straight answers as to why the Vice President’s former company is the direct recipient of much of our total outlay for the project to bring freedom and democracy to the Middle East.
Perhaps some intrepid newshound will sniff out the story in making BushCo square its “support the troops” rhetoric with the shameful deprivations it sends them to battle with, or, what’s worse, the woeful disdain with which we greet them on their return to the country they have served.
Surely someone worth their journalistic salt will soon realize the instability of the Korean peninsula has a bearing on the future value of the US Real Estate market, and perhaps question why the security of the American family has never been more unsure.
Because the Bush administration’s plans for dealing with any of those issues are about as good, and about as effective as its plans for dealing with the shitstorm we unleashed in Iraq, no doubt we’ll all live happily ever after.