Sunday, October 23, 2005

Let Sleeping Attack Dogs Lie

It's time for US Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald to drop his briefs. Legal briefs, that is. He needs to call off the Democratic attack dogs because the Plame Game is over. Karl Rove may indeed have been behind leaking the identity of a covert CIA agent to Robert Novak in 2003, but he's already suffered enough.

According to an exclusive story in the New York Daily News, President Bush punished his trusty adviser two years ago for his role in the Plame name leak (this despite the fact that our crafty leader claimed no knowledge of Rove's role at the time).
"He made his displeasure known to Karl," a presidential counselor told The News. "He made his life miserable about this."
There you have it. What could be worse than doing hard time in the 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. dog house? Sure it has its own chandelier, but the breeze can be a bit nippy coming off the Potomac and the smell of cherry blossoms gets to be positively asphyxiating in the spring.

One shudders to think what Bush must might have said to signal his displeasure with Rove. Perhaps it was this remark: "Karl's got my complete confidence. He's a valuable member of my team." Or maybe it was this zinger, relayed by White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan: "any individual who works here at the White House has the confidence of the president." Even as far back as 2001, the president showed that he wouldn't be shy when it came to disciplining his troops: "[Rove] adheres to the ethical rules of our government and he's done a great job on behalf of the American people."

Yes, little Ralphie is all grown up now and he has moved on from his Red Rider BB Gun to bigger and better (and deadlier) things. What he has to learn—and he obviously has, thanks to Bush's fatherly intervention—is that he has a lot more to worry about than just shooting his own eye out. Thank god he had the leader of the free world there to set him straight. The important thing is that he's learned his lesson and would never, ever stoop to dirty political tricks again. Not even on a triple-dog dare. Honest.

Once again, thanks to President Bush, the world is a safer and happier place, and you don't need to be in front of a federal grand jury to testify to that.
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