The Vanishing PlameGate Story and “Rove’s Role”

The Roberts’ nomination and Bush’s extended Crawford vacation complete with the Cindy Sheehan sideshow, has taken the PlameGate story off the charts for a time.

Not that the Roberts’ nomination doesn’t deserve attention. Or for that matter, that Cindy Sheehan’s wonderful hijacking of Bush’s precious vaction isn’t the most glorious thing to happen to the anti-war movement to date, but sometime soon, we should expect to get back to the Plamegate affair… so the Boston Globe tells us in a brilliant editorial in the Sunday Globe: Rove’s Role.

A search in LexisNexis “reveals 1,944 stories mentioning Rove in the week prior to the nomination, dropping to 1,111 during the week after. Now, with Bush in Crawford for a prolonged vacation, the story has nearly disappeared — only 169 references in a late-August week.”

Not to worry, says the Boston Globe

Still, more is likely to come out after Labor Day. A special prosecutor, Patrick Fitzgerald, is expected to finish his two-year investigation this fall. His goal was to find the person who leaked Plame’s identity as an undercover CIA agent — a serious offense in the view of Bush’s father. He and many other commentators have deplored the idea that the leaker may have been seeking political retribution at the expense of national security.

So attention will inevitably turn back again to Karl Rove, who did talk with Novak and other reporters who wrote the story but who is now being portrayed by some as a neutral researcher in the Valerie Plame case.

While some White House sympathizers have tried to downplay Rove’s role in PlameGate, the Boston Globe reminds us all how duplicitous a man he really is…

Rove’s career, even before he became Bush’s deputy chief of staff, is rich with reasons to think his motives in helping to identify Plame as a CIA agent were far darker.

After all, Plame’s identity was revealed in a Robert Novak column on July 14, 2003, just eight days after her husband, Joseph Wilson, had embarrassed Bush over his Iraq war rationale. And Rove had talked with Novak on July 9.

Rove’s record has been consistent. Over 35 years, he has been a master of dirty tricks, divisiveness, innuendo, manipulation, character assassination, and roiling partisanship.

Read the entire editorial, Rove’s Role, here.

NOTE: The L.A. Times featured an expansive expose on PlameGate on August 25th. It provides the entire background of the PlameGate affair with a complete time line: A CIA Cover Blown, a White House Exposed

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8 Responses to The Vanishing PlameGate Story and “Rove’s Role”

  1. anonymous says:

    Please, “Roberts,” not “Robert’s.”

  2. cali dem says:

    Great post, Pamela. I’ve been concerned about Rovegate slipping away into the dark of the Cheney bunker.

  3. Anonymous

    Thanks for catching my late night typos! It’s been corrected.

  4. Cali Dem

    I suspected it would heat back up again as it gets closer to the end of the investigation. I’m anticipating an interesting September and October.

  5. Thanks for the Treasongate post and links Pamela. Saved the L.A times article to read the whole thing later and forwarded both to my kid.

    If Fitzgerald can break through all the cover-ups and lies it could be interesting. If needed, it is going to be tough to turn anyone in the Admin to testify against higher ups though. They all know if they keep their mouths shut and lie for Shrub, they’ll receive pardons.

    In any case, I don’t expect anyone in his admin to do any time, unfortunately. Let alone the decades of hard time many deserve. They’ll get their pardons and who knows, Bush may just immediately rehire them. Just add them to the other pardoned criminals and shredders of the constitution he already rehired from Ronnie and Dad’s admins…

    If nothing else, at least it may expose to some of the still clueless what the current GOP has become.

    I imagine Bush will be handing out a record number of pardons for his cronies by the time his two terms are up. Not just Admin members. He’s got guys like Delay and many other GOP politicians that may(should) end up needing them. Then of course there are his piggy banks like his old best buddy Kenny Boy and others of that ilk too…

  6. Dave

    Most likely it will be a big pardon party for the Bush cabal… but as you said if it atleast exposes the truth to the clueless it’s one victory for us.

  7. Sandi says:

    Great post and cross references. I wish I shared the optimism for revelation from Fitzgerald. The change in the Justice Dept. official to whom he reports is troubling at best. I keep remembering all to clearly that Watergate only got to be a ‘big deal’ when the white house tapes came to light. Before that Nixon was reelected with a genuine mandate. Party discipline has gotten so tight that there are no Deep Throats and certainly no smoking guns to equal the Nixon tapes.
    I do hope that the Special Prosecutor is able to deliver indictments, but I’m not sure that they will cause so much as a stir among the corporate media types.

  8. Sandi

    From what I understand the new Justice Official is more apt to be someone who will push this to the full extent. The fact that MSM is still keeping this story alive in the wake of the Roberts’ nomination and Cindy Sheehan at Crawford is hopeful.