if bush is a man of his word, rove should be fired

I don’t usually invite the comments of our local trolls, but I’m wondering what conservatives think about this whole Karl Rove thing. On one hand, I’m sure that they could care less that Rove outed a CIA operative in the course of trying to stop the press from covering the bogus Niger uranium claim that Bush had made in his State of the Union speech, but on the other hand I’d think that they’d want their President to stay true to his word and follow through on his threat to “fire” the person in his administration responsible for the leak, if and when his identity became known. Maybe I’m naive, but it seems to me that they’d want Bush to keep his word. I don’t see how so-called “values voters” could see it any other way.

By the way, if you’d like for the President to follow through on his threat and fire the man responsible for leaking the identity of CIA operative Valerie Plame and thereby putting the lives of her informants in jeopardy and seriously setting back her work of hunting down real weapons of mass destruction, you can send him a note through Representative Louise Slaughter’s site.

And here, from Medial Matters is a clip from Bush on June 10, 2004, reaffirming his pledge to get rid of the leaker:

Q: Given recent developments in the CIA leak case, particularly Vice President [Dick] Cheney’s discussions with the investigators, do you still stand by what you said several months ago, a suggestion that it might be difficult to identify anybody who leaked the agent’s name?

BUSH: That’s up to —

Q: And, and, do you stand by your pledge to fire anyone found to have done so?

BUSH: Yes. And that’s up to the U.S. attorney to find the facts.

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  1. Craig B
    Posted July 13, 2005 at 2:26 pm | Permalink

    “Fox Follies” – from the John Conyers site

    Number of times “Karl Rove” was mentioned on Fox’s “O’Reilly Factor” and “Hannity and Colmes” last night = Zero


  2. Craig B
    Posted July 13, 2005 at 2:29 pm | Permalink

    And, from Media Matters –

    CNN, ABC offered unchallenged legal analysis on Plame leak from Novak’s partisan friends


  3. Craig B
    Posted July 13, 2005 at 2:30 pm | Permalink

    And this (also from Media Matters):

    Fox’s Cameron parsed Bush’s past statements on the fate of the CIA leaker: Bush “never actually said the word ‘fired’ “


  4. Craig B
    Posted July 13, 2005 at 2:32 pm | Permalink

    How can a news program not report on what happened yesterday in the Whitehouse briefing room?

    What kind of country are we living in?

    Here’s the footage from the Daily Show –


  5. chris
    Posted July 13, 2005 at 8:08 pm | Permalink

    I know I sound like a broken record, but Dead Zone people, DEAD ZONE.

    The sad thing is that I had this fantasy that Georgie would have been utterely disgusted with his cabinet and fire the fat, pasty, effeminate fuck. Hey, I can dream can’t I?

  6. mark
    Posted July 13, 2005 at 9:51 pm | Permalink

    Where are my fuckin’ trolls when I need ’em?

  7. Posted July 13, 2005 at 11:21 pm | Permalink

    Maybe I can fill in.

    Um, let’s see. Rove was accused of naming Plame. But since he only said it was Joe Wilson’s wife, technically he didn’t give up her name, only her husband’s name.

  8. Doug Skinner
    Posted July 14, 2005 at 11:13 am | Permalink

    I read the “NY Post” this morning (for those of you who don’t know it, it’s the right-wing daily here). Their editorial, “Rove Rage — He’s Not the Villain,” argues that Iraq was indeed buying Nigerian uranium, that Bush was telling the truth, and that Rove was right to try to stop Joe Willams’s slander.

    So that’s at least one conservative spin on it. It takes all kinds, huh?

  9. mark
    Posted July 14, 2005 at 11:02 pm | Permalink

    If I get around to posting tonight, I’ll try to put up a link to the official Republican talking points on this… It’s a little memo I just came across at someone elses site… Not surprisingly, they’re trying to turn it around on Wilson, the reporter, and everyone else they can point their collective finger at… And, yes, Doug, they’re even bringing it around full-circle to say that Iraq was looking to buy uranium. It’s fucking amazing.

  10. Doug Skinner
    Posted July 14, 2005 at 11:28 pm | Permalink

    I meant Joe Wilson, of course. I hadn’t had enough sleep or coffee. I haven’t heard enough Joe Williams lately either, come to think of it.

  11. mark
    Posted July 14, 2005 at 11:41 pm | Permalink

    I figured as much.

    Get some rest. We’ll need you tomorrow.

  12. Posted July 17, 2005 at 12:54 pm | Permalink

    I was watching Fox News this morning and surprised that my idea about defending Rove by claiming he didn’t technically give up Plame’s name being the topic of discussion.

    They were saying that Rove’s not a bad guy because he gave up Plame’s idenity not her name. We’re somehow supposed to differentiate between the two.

    What are we supposed to do with traitors again?

  13. mark
    Posted July 17, 2005 at 10:16 pm | Permalink

    Now that “traitor” and “democrat” have become synonymous, I’m not sure.

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