Monday, July 11, 2005

It Was Rove.....Nobody Cares

Two years ago, Joseph Wilson said it was the man known as George Bush's Brain, Karl Rove, who leaked to reporters that Wilson's wife, Valerie Plame, was a CIA agent. Subsequently, Wilson was forced to back down from that assertion, but he was adamant that his wife, a covert agent with worldwide connections, was outed by a vengeful White House. Wilson's contention that the leak came from the highest levels was never doubted, it just hadn't been proven.

Well, it certainly looks like Karl Rove was behind the leak. He may have contacted several journalists or had a hand in contacting them to shop the Plame story. His motivation may have been to blunt Wilson's debunking of the Iraq-Niger nuclear material story that had been so important to the White House that in ended up in President Bush's State of the Union address. Or, his motivation may simply have been to take some petty revenge on Wilson for being such a squeaky wheel about the Bush's Administrations use of badly flawed intellegence to sell the war with Iraq.

Guess what? Nobody outside of the liberal blogosphere cares about the whole Plame mess.

I suspect that most Americans don't know who Karl Rove is and even fewer know what he does for the President. Those that know who Rove is don't really understand how telling someone that a lady who was commuting to CIA headquarters everyday didn't somehow have something to do with intellegence gathering (a.k.a. spying). It's just not a very compelling story to most Americans.

Let's face it, even if Rove found guilty of disclosing Plame identity or lying to a grand jury or for that matter jaywalking, it isn't going to matter to him, to the President or to the Republican Party.

Think about it. Ollie North admitted to lying to Congress in the Iran-Contra Scandal. After words, he was almost elected to the Senate and today he is a popular author, talk show host and pundit for hire. His conviction was overturned on a technicality. Today, nobody cares about Iran-Contra. Ask John Poindexter, another Reagan aid convicted in that scandal. Same thing as North. Conviction overturned followed by a lucrative career and a Pentagon invitation to run a major program designed to spy on Americans.

What about Chuck Colson? Jailed for the Elsberg break in and his role with Nixon's Plumbers. Colson is a best selling author and Christian leader. Talk about falling into it. He has it all money, influence and some people even like him, which was pretty rare before he found Jesus and the Right(wing) Path to riches.

The President lied to the America public about almost everything. So....? What are we going to do? We can't get a "do over" for the 2004 election. The Republican Congress is hardly going to impeach him? Karl Rove might get a public scolding and be sent to bed without his supper, but like North, Poindexter, Colson, and all the rest; he'll do just fine when his time in the White House is over.