Karl Rove Makes McClellan Dance

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Although Scott McClellan did manage to slither and squirm his way around answering any questions at yesterday's press briefing, it may mark a much needed change of attitude in the media.
During the 56 question briefing, Scott McClellan was asked about Karl Rove and the administration's stand on his involvement in the Valerie Plame case 36 times. His responses were a repeated and re-jumbled version of his first answer: "The criminal investigation that you reference is something that continues at this point. And as I've previously stated, while that investigation is ongoing, the White House is not going to comment on it."
Over and over this snake charming routine played out with the press corps trying to get a comment on Rove and McClellan twisting and turning in avoidance of being cornered in. The press even managed to present McClellan with his own blatent hypocrisy when they quoted his statement on September 29, 2003 (while the investigation was already under way): "If anybody from the White House was involved, they would be fired."
Now having nailed down McClellan as already making comments on the case he claims he won't comment on, the press asked him when "he changed his mind and decided to no longer comment on this case." To this McClellan responded: "There came a point when the investigation got underway when those overseeing the investigation asked that it would be their--or said that it would be their preference that we not get into discussing it while it is ongoing." Backed into the corner now and having his pathetic excuse for not answering questions deteriorating by the minute, the press asked McClellan when exactly those overseeing the investigation requested that the White House not comment. The snake was running out of energy and excuses, McClellan's answer to the question was: "Back at that time period." Although they did not receive an answer to the question asked, the press did also manage to expose the fact that 9 months after McClellan's comment on the case in September of 2003, Mr. Bush also made a public comment on the case.
It is becoming harder and harder for the administration to keep their lies and propaganda together. The White House's failure to answer questions about an official from the administration and their involvement in a criminal investigation is a positive sign of weakness. I believe if this was anyone else Rove would be in the weeds waiting with the counter move, devising the gameplan. This time it is Rove in the center of the storm and the White House can't even speak.
Let us not forget what is at the center of the whole issue. The administration, through Karl Rove and Robert Novak, made a clear statement in the lead up to the war in Iraq. The leaking of Valerie Plame's name was retaliation toward her husband Joesph Wilson, who exposed the fake "yellow cake" Iraq/Niger claim (I believe that was reason #10A for the Iraq War) . Mr. Wilson proved the yellow cake claim was false, if not a blatent lie, and the administration leaked the name of his under-cover CIA wife. The message was simple: question the administration and your family is not safe.

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