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Rove Set To Testify

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(Updated to add this wonderful timeline of Rove’s life, via the Village Voice.)

Well, well, well. Color me satisfied.

Last week I, along with many others, had lots of questions about Judith Miller’s sudden departure from prison (without, apparently, letting her bosses know first so they could avoid getting scooped.)

And the next day, statements by her and her bosses seemed to answer those questions with more questions, as I wrote about here.

Now comes the news that Karl Rove is going to testify in the case.


I, for one, take personal satisfaction over this news because one common annoying refrain from conservative Bush and Rove apologists last week was that it showed that Rove, not Libby Lewis, was the one Miller was protecting.

This seemed to ignore the fact that Matthew Cooper of Time required a personal waiver from Karl Rove before he testified about their related conversations, as was reported here.

So maybe this will shut up those Republicans for now.

It is one thing for The New York Times editorial page to have egg on its face for protecting crazy Miller, as Slate rightly points out. It is quite another for Rove, aka Bush’s Brain, to become more involved in this trial. And when you consider the fact that the law possibly broken – revealing the identity of a covert spy – was drafted by Bush’ own daddy, well, then I think this becomes hilarious.

Or scary and sad. Your reaction depends on your perspective and political persuasion. My reaction is to smile and wonder if that means Bush will finally get rid of Rove.

But I doubt it.

Besides, who else can leak such juicy information to terrible “journalists” like Robert Novak and Judith Miller, as well as decent ones like Cooper? Novak and Miller still have lots of questions to answer, such as I spelled out here.

I think my satire piece about a Bush press conference is becoming more realistic every day.

But truth is once again proving stranger than fiction.

And before anyone says Rove is innocent until proven guilty, let me remind them that Rove and Bush have never seemed hamstrung by this concept when dealing with their enemies, be they political opponents, potential terrorist suspects held in G. Bay or whoever.

Does that make it right for me take glee in this legal thorn in the side of Bush and Rove? No.

Do I feel guilty? Not really. Couldn’t happen to a more appropriate person.

If you don’t believe me, rent Bush’s Brain or Control Room for reminders of how Bush, Rove and others like to disregard truth when it gets in the way of their stories.

That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t presume people innocent. But maybe Bush aides should have thought of that before they leaked Plame’s name in the first place.


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About Scott Butki

Scott Butki was a newspaper reporter for more than 10 years before making a career change into education... then into special education. He has been doing special education work for about five years He lives in Austin. He reads at least 50 books a year and has about 15 author interviews each year and, yes, unlike tv hosts he actually reads each one. He is an in-house media critic, a recovering Tetris addict and a proud uncle. He has written articles on practically all topics from zoos to apples and almost everything in between.
  • I smell a Presidential Pardon.

  • I smell something.

  • kittygogo

    We have learned NOTHING from Watergate. In fact, we have gone backwards. Nobody gives a shit anymore either. And to think that they wanted to impeach Clinton for a frickin’ bj. It is disgusting.

  • So moral of the story? If you’re going to get into a scandal at least get some sex while you’re at it?

    No, wait, that’s not the point you probably meant to make.

    I think people care but are disgusted and easily distracted by scandal and oh, hey, look, Paris Hilton is on tv again…

  • Karl Rove is the Andy Kaufman of politics, playing a dangerous game while fucking with everyone’s head.

    It’s sad to say he’ll find a loophole out of this.

  • MCH

    Some of us will always remember that it was (chickenhawk draft-dodger) Karl Rove who puppeteered the sliming of (combat vet and 7-year POW) John McCain’s patriotism in the 2000 GOP primary…

  • MCH – I’ve looked at several different posts on this site today…is that chickenhawk bullshit the only argument you have for everything???
    chickenhawk…chickenhawk…chickenhawk…give it a rest!

  • She was protecting Rove and Libby? I thougt she was protecting herself…


  • Looks like Miller was protecting Libby while Cooper had protected Rove but why Rove has to go back in again to testify is question #222,000 in this case.

  • Maurice

    Comment #8 – Miller had no real reason to go to jail. She was trying to get her 15 minutes of fame.

    These charges seem trumped up to me. All this talk about a brief conversation between Rove and Cooper.

    My prediction: Miller will have nothing of substance to say. Cooper will exonerate Rove.

  • MCH

    Re comment #7;

    Andy, I understand your anger. I’d be upset too if all my party’s so-called “patriots” were a bunch of phoney draft-dodgers, ie; Dick Cheney, Karl Rove, Tom DeLay, Bill Bennett, Dick Armey, Trent Lott, Phil Gramm, Rush Limbaugh, et al.

    Not to mention your Deserter in Chief…

  • Comment 8, right at the end tries to sneak Rush Limbaugh in with the Republican Party.

    Rush, along with Pat Robertson, is as much associated with the Republicans as Michael Moore and Cindy Sheehan is associated with the Democrats. They’re entertainers, simply set up as straw men for their opponents to refute.

  • MCH

    Rush Lardbaugh has made a fortune espousing himself as a conservative patriot, no small part of his millions coming thanks to the Republicans supporting his attacks on Bill Clinton as a draft dodger.

    Therefore Lardbaugh qualifies as one of the (many) hypocritical Right-wing Chickenhawks.

  • But you never hear Republicans talking about him.

    Just like you never hear Democrats talking about Michael Moore or Al Franken.

    They’re all song and dance men, and while their sentiments may be with the party, it’s a one way street.

  • In various interviews with legal experts, former prosecutors and such, the subject of perjury came up. This would be a crime that could send Karl Rove to prison, and not a moment too soon.

    Unfortunately, there are many more Rove’s in George Bush’s arsenal but one down, the rest to go?

    Free the press. Incarcerate Rove. Or, as Alternet’s Evan Derkacz said
    “Dare we ice the champagne and sing rounds of Ding-Dong the Witch is Dead?”

    I think we dare! Thanks Scott for another informative and uplifting view.

  • MCH


    I’ll guess we’ll just have to agree to disagree on whether or not Limbaugh is part of the Republican Party.

    But you have to admit, it was terribly amusing to listen to Limbaugh rake Clinton over the coals day-in and day-out for evading service in Vietnam (ie, “Never trust a draft dodger.”); and then to learn that Limbaugh himself had dodged the draft by seeking (on his own initiative) and receiving a medical deferment for a cyst on his rear-end….

  • An nteresting new development was reported today in the Rove-Miller-Libby controversy:

    The prosecutor now not only wants Rove to testify again but wants to talk some more

    to Miller too.

    I’m going to try to write up a new media reality check piece this weekend looking at this as well as some rare good news about the news media.

  • Josh Marhsall has a good reminder for those, like me, who got too gleeful about the Rove announcement:

    The good news for the Times today:
    Looks like maybe Miller had a good reason to be concerned Libby’s waiver really
    was coerced.

    The bad news is the Times got scooped again (!) on its own reporter, this time about her suddenly finding new notes, as explained here.

    I’ll write up a new media column piece on this tomororw.

  • Oh this is wonderful – a timeline of Rove’s dirty

  • There’s a good round-up of bloggers on the Miller sitaution here.
    It calls me pithy!
    It’s the nicest thing I’ve been called in weeks.

    My favorite pithy line I’ve penned on this mater is this one
    “Can we possibly have a less likable journalist to play the role of martyr than Judith Miller of The New York Times?”

    So question #888,000 of this case: Why was Miller given such special treatment by her editors? Because she wrote stories that won awards? Because she was just plain pushy?

  • Nancy

    I wish Fitzgerald would stop screwing around & get to whatever it is he’s aiming for…altho there might be all hell break loose if he ends up doing nothing.

    The issue now seems to be less that Rove/Libby outed Plame, than that they subsequently lied (or as the GOP calls, it “mis-spoke”) about it to the grand jury – a major no-no. What really fries me is Miller’s claim that she ‘doesn’t remember’ who actually gave her the info in her notes-! Doesn’t remember? A supposedly professional journalist who has heretofore had no trouble remembering all kinds of details on obscure issues & people, and now she just can’t remember? Guilty on a technicality or not, I think justice would be well served if Miller, Novak, Rove & Libby were all tied neck to neck & dropped off the side of a boat or booted into a jail cell together to brood on their sins, whatever they are.

  • I like a friend’s suggestion that they be required to move to Falluja and write obitatuaries for the rest of their lives.

  • Nancy

    Too good for them. Remember, Miller is a paid hack anyway, it turns out, & I’ve heard Novak is, too. What would wound them worst of all is to be totally ignored & shrugged off, writing something no one pays any attention to…car ads, maybe? Car ads in Fallujah?

  • Ok. They have to write them in Hebrew. Not a lot of Hebrew-reading Iraqis I’m guessing.

    They will grow increasingly frustrated and will have all access with the outside world removed.


  • Nancy


  • Scott Butki

    Looks like Rove’s days are numbered.

    time to start a betting pool on how long he’ll last?

  • Nancy

    I’ll bet they could wipe out the national deficit if they’d just sell tickets to the public flogging & hanging.

  • Scott Butki

    I’d go to that.

  • Well, looks like Rove got spared (at least for now) but at least they got Libby.
    Meanwhile, other publications – including Slate and the Wall Street Journal are echoing my call for Novak to explain his role in this mess.

  • Scott Butki

    Fixing the links…

    Well, looks like Rove got spared (at least for now) but at least they got Libby.
    Meanwhile, other publications are echoing my call for Novak to explain his role in this mess.