Bush Gets Cute on Rove

WASHINGTON, July 12 – President Bush offered only
a stony silence today when he was asked if he planned to fire Karl Rove,
a senior aide at the center of an investigation over the unmasking of
an undercover C.I.A. officer.

But the war of words over Mr. Rove went on for a second straight day,
with Mr. Bush’s spokesman declaring that the president has confidence
in Mr.
Rove, the Republican national chairman joining in the defense – and a
prominent Democrat saying that Mr. Rove should be fired. "Are you going to fire
him?" the president was asked twice in a brief Oval Office appearance
with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore. Both times, the president
ignored the questions.

Nearly two years after stating that any administration official found to
have been involved in leaking the name of an undercover C.I.A. officer
would be fired, and assuring that Mr. Rove and other senior presidential
aides had nothing to do with the disclosure, the White House is refusing
to answer any questions about new evidence of Mr. Rove’s role in the matter.

Mark our words, this is the tip of the iceberg. The Karl Rove story
is indicative of what has happened time and again after a seemingly invincible
administration wins reelection in the United States. Feeling that victory
means a mandate to impose their ideology, and unburdened, for the first
time in decades, of the need to worry about getting reelected, they always
seem to forget that they are still technically liable under the law,
and working in  a system with still functioning judicial accountability.

Some pundits feel that Rove is too big to fail. Is he bigger than John
Mitchell, the first sitting Attorney General to be convicted of a felony
and do
time? The question here is if the demise of the Prince of Darkness will
drag down the King of Clowns as well. We have no doubt that Bush was in on the
hit, as the whole scheme reeks of the kiddie table where 43, Karl and
Wolfie fume and plot while Uncle Dick, Uncle Rummy and the other grownups
in uniforms deal with the serious business of the nation.

We do doubt that those conversations are on tape, at least in any form
that could ever possibly leak.  After all, the Republicans must
have learned the lessons of Nixon in this crucial area, at least.  However,
the electronic trail is sure to provide enough revelations on this and
potentially dozens of other incidents in which members of the administration
have conveniently overlooked or overruled key components of the Constitution
and statutes of the United States.

Of course, it is the responsibility of the Judicial Branch to adjudicate
and punish those transgressions of the most basic law of the land. Cases
involving constitutional issues or the fates of members of the Executive
branch inevitably work their way up to the Supreme Court. The drive
to gain approval of two (maybe three) new Supremes takes on a new urgency
for the Administration in this light.

from The
New York Times

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