Greetings from the hills of Appalachia! I’m safely ensconced in the house I grew up in, posting through the magic of 56K dialup, still a little behind on the editing chores, sitting in the bedroom that was mine from age 8 to 18. My grandmother, who’ll be 101 next month, is sleeping downstairs. Should be a very interesting summer.
Everyone’s probably disappointed, as I am, to hear that Fitz does not plan to indict Rove. Could it be, though, that Karl got off because he coöperated?
I start from three premises:
The two camps, which we might call the political and the imperial, are not completely distinct; they share some aims, and perhaps some people as well. One belief they shared is that they could use the other camp’s abilities to further their own projects. That was true for a while, but the magic fades, especially when it was just prestidigitation, and a feeble attempt at that.
In addition to the stresses brought on by the results of policy made illegitimately and often illegally, the personal relationship between Rove and Cheney is nothing like that between Rove and Bush. There might be some level below which Rove would not go, but I doubt it. My guess is that avoiding serious jail time would be a strong incentive to rat out a Vice President who’s already your major competitor for the Presidential ear.
We know Fitzgerald has always indicted Official A. Could the Jason Leopold report of Rove’s imminent indictment conceivably have been a leak from Fitz’s office? There’ve been precious few of those during the investigation, meriting admiration from both sides. But suppose Fitz was letting Rove know that he had enough to indict, and would do so unless he got the coöperation he was demanding. Rove would get the message, but Leopold’s background would provide deniability for the prosecutor’s office.
It seems pretty clear from the media reports (which I trust implicitly) that Cheney was the real director of the get-Joe-Wilson campaign. If Fitz could nail him using information from Karl, I would consider that an acceptable trade-off.
This also fits the pattern of the CIA leaking information as part of its war with this White House. I expect the agency is particularly unhappy with Cheney, given his role in bypassing the intelligence community and cherry-picking its product in the lead-up to war, then blaming the agency for the administration’s lies.