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