Monday, July 11, 2005
The Bushies have been tested before, but in more than four years, we've never seen them on the defensive like they were this morning.
This story isn't going to go away, and for good reason: It's now been shown that Rove outed a CIA agent.
If he knew Plame was covert, he's guilty of a flagrant abuse of power and perhaps, criminal behavior. If he didn't know, he's still guilty--through carelessness and staggeringly bad judgment--of undermining national security for political gain.
To put it simply, he should have known better. Anyone working in government should know better. And it's going to be extremely difficult for the White House to convince people otherwise.
Indeed, Scott McClellan zipped-lip approach at today's briefing seemed an acknowledgment of how hard it will be to spin the latest developments.
But this story shouldn't stop with Rove. Other questions must be answered:
How did Rove learn Plame was a CIA agent?
Who else worked with Rove on the smear campaign against Joe Wilson?
Where was the President in all this? The Vice President?