Skip to comments.Bush backs Rove amid CIA leak "scandal"
Posted on 07/13/2005 12:55:40 AM PDT by JohnHuang2
President Bush continues to have confidence in Karl Rove, the presidential adviser at the center of a press frenzy over the ongoing Justice Department investigation into a leak that divulged the name of a CIA officer, the White House said yesterday. "Any individual who works here at the White House has the confidence of the president. They wouldn't be working here at the White House if they didn't have the president's confidence," Bush spokesman Scott McClellan said. Asked whether that included Mr. Rove, the spokesman said, "Yes." But for the second straight day, the White House refused to answer questions about the case, which is consuming Washington and has become the prime topic of the White House press secretary's daily briefings. Mr. McClellan deflected questions yesterday, saying the matter is part of an "ongoing investigation." Mr. Bush ignored a question about Mr. Rove during a brief question-and-answer session with reporters in the Oval Office.
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This "scandal" is a non-starter.
That vile John Stewart spent almost his whole "comedy" (really propoganda) show slandering Karl Rove last night.
What bothers me is that even though there was no crime here, Rove's reputation is being destroyed. WE know that he's a decent and honorable man, but most people have never heard of him before now. This is their first impression, and it's a negative one. Sickening.
Meanwhile, one of President Bush's most trusted advisors is having to spend his time dealing with this instead of helping the President on the vital issues that need addressing. Is it too much to say that all this is helping the terrorists?
I clicked the link and was disappointed to find that the Washington Times didn't have the guts to do what you did - - put quote marks around the word "scandal". Fortunately, this whole fabricated "scandal" is not something that the mindless chattering class can easily get its hands around, and everybody who has a clue understands that there's nothing to this whole fiasco, at least as far as Rove is concerned.
I do hope, however, that the special prosecutor starts indicting a few of the scumbag reporters for perjury, obstruction, etc. That will be funny. Meantime, I laugh every time I think about that chump Judith Miller rotting in jail just to protect the New York Times from embarrassment.
And there is the motive.
Is it Watergate yet? Wake me up when we get there.
Tom DeLay's "scandal" took the Democrats nowhere, they have to invent a scandal, and Laurence O'Donnell has had the long knives out on Rove for a long time.
Don't worry about it, most of the population never even heard of Karl Rove. The 'Rats are wasting their time and effort.
At the very least Rove is guilty of talking with the enemy. Course Bush family has Clinton for a friend. Birds of a feather.
Oh, yeah! I remember the Delay scandal. LOL!
heh ;-) Well said.
Yeah, that scandal revealed alot about just how crooked both sides are. Unlike DeLay, many Democrats didn't even account for the trips they took (which is a Congressional Law they themselves passed). All of a sudden you don't hear about that anymore. Now this Rove "scandal" comes along on the heels of this DeLay ethics scandal. For all intents and purposes, Jim McDermott should be behind bars serving some serious jail time. What he did was far worse than what either DeLay or Rove are accused of.
The best thing to come out of all of this is the Democrats remain in the minority for a generation or two.
And turncoat Republicans. Someone said on another thread that he has to worry about getting backstabbed by members of his own party. I can think of a few suspects.
The MSM would love to see Rove prosecuted, but I don't think that's really the goal. I think the main thing is just to smear him and distract the White House.
And I have to say it's working like a charm. A lot of high volume threads about Rove on FR over the past week. I guess it can't be helped, but FReepers are doing their part to keep the story in the front of people's minds.
I'm sure there have been several since the DeLay one went belly-up--funny how the dems were screaming about it one day, and not long after became mysteriously silent, though it was on the level of a national emergency for a couple weeks. Kinda like this one.
It really shows you where our MSM droids' values are; that stupid Aruba case was the top story, then the London bombing got rid of that. But they couldn't let national security or the war hold the headlines, so they started on this. If there is another REAL story in our near future, I can just picture that smarmy love match of Moran and Gregory open their reports with "The White House got a break from the Rove Scandal today when..."
It IS a major story, and if you want to cede the airwaves to the liberal smear, go right ahead. But maybe you should start by, I dunno, not contributing to one of those threads you are criticizing? Just a thought. ;)
Interesting that the press that had demanded the investigation of possible retribution is bemoaning the fact that Miller and Cooper are being questioned(Cooper is married to Clinton aide Mandy Grunwald, no conflict of interest there,right?).
The partisan confines of the MSM do not tolerate the question as to whether this story may in fact have been a whistle blower against Plame and Wilson for abusing position. Valerie Plame has been found by the committee to have in fact used her influence to get her husband (big Clinton contributor) a plum assignment.
We also have learned that Wilson's own statements reveal that he saw classified documents before he was hired for the job (also a big problem with the law).
As to Rove, this is a big miss again for the 'Rats. I am almost convinced that Rove planned the whole thing.
Like your tagline by the way; one of my favorite songs. Can't hit the high notes any more though (sigh).
Of course, you could always reply, "I didn't know you believed in the death penalty."
And you could also say you also care about our troops, and hit him/her up for a donation for Give2theTroops, or the USO.
Or ask for things to send to the troops and mail them to me and I'll see they get there.
Currently we're looking for Playstation2 games to send to the Engineers in Baghdad that are rebuilding the infrastructure in Iraq.
OR better yet, Operation Crayon, to send school supplies to poor Iraqi kids in Kirkuk. What liberal can turn that down?
My guess is that Karl Rove is just taking care of the President's business and not losing one minute of sleep over this tripe.
Bush isn't damaged, because it isn't going to touch him in any way, shape, or form.
Who is damaged? The MSM. Once again, they show themselves to be utterly incompetent at spotting real news and reporting real facts. If there WAS anything in the Rove story, it is their job to FIND THE EVIDENCE---which starts at the NY Times. But they really don't want to go there.
Just laugh at them...out loud and in their faces.
Especially after the last couple of White House press breifings. All of those idiots sounded like they were on the DNC payroll.
Well, the bad news is actually that no one listens to that crap. If they did, NBCBSABCMSNBCNYTIMESWAPOCNN would have no audience/readers/viewers whatsoever. None.
I would bet a big bundle that Rove is spending almost NO time on this - the reporters are, and the libs are, but no one else is.
The time he does spend on it is probably mostly laughing.
I work part time in a law firm and have asked the attorneys how they feel this will turn out. All of them have told me[and most of these guys are defense attorneys and way liberal] that Rove has done nothing illegal and cannot be prosecuted for anything,but don't expect the RATS to give up on this.
Bingo! ... These folks are seriously funny. They'll bust head veins about Rove over nothing. LOL...
this is entertainment, nothing more, for serious FReepers.
" I believe they have a film out called the brain behind Bush "
I watched " Karl Rove- Bush's Brain " this past week end.
It was a poorly done " documentary."
The film interviewed former college rivals , defeated Texas candidates, convicted Texas Democrats ,disgruntled McCain aides, liberal anti Bush reporters and Molly Ivins.
Every single person blamed Karl Rove for their troubles, but, every single person added the disclaimer that " they had no proof ,there was no evidence, but, they just knew Karl Rove was responsible."
It was an orgy of paranoia completely lacking in substance.
One of my favorite clips was a group of Texas Democrats who were investigated by the FBI , indicted, convicted and sent to prison.
They are convinced that Karl Rove orchestrated everything from the FBI investigation to the evidence to the indictments to the jury conviction, etc.
And these people were deadly serious.
The other funny clip was a Washington Post reporter ( IRRC ) who was convinced that Karl Rove leaked Plame's name " because they both attend the same Episcopal church in DC."
The only thing they didn't blame Rove for was the Lindbergh kidnapping , but, I am sure it's just a matter of time.
they think it is only right that they get their share of impeachment proceedings and special prosecutors in. unfortunately for them, those things are at a minimum with this admin so they have to fabricate scandals.
i feel kind of sorry for them really. it's pretty pathetic.
Mr. Rove knows that he is playing with the big boys (and girls). He took on this job by choice and is stunningly successful which is why there is a great big target on his back.
And, I betcha they're not spending very much time on it at all. They're working on SCOTUS nominations. So as hard as it is to watch, I wouldn't lose too much sleep over this. Mr. Rove will be just fine, because it's his job, and in the end he will win.
doncha think they'd just get tired?i mean, what a waste of energy and a life. you are so absolutely right. they just think of one reason or another to be angry and protest something.
they stand for nothing, just dissent. how pathetic.
You'd think. The saddest part is that it cheapens things that are truly outrageous and give us no cultural measuring stick for right and wrong.
Outrage should be reserved for men who murder entire families to steal their children, terrorists who blow up average citizens in the name of God, and diplomats at the UN who steal from the hungry to line their own pockets.
Talk about a group who doesn't understand that things aren't black and white. For all their talk of nuance, they have none. Outrageous or Perfect.
Yep, tired. It makes me tired to have to listen to it.
i probably part ways with you there. i think these people, the wacky left, completely understand the blacks, the whites, and the greys. i think they understand nuance.
so much so, that they are cunningly conniving that they can barter with our country's security for their own personal gain. they can barter with the safety of our troops, mitigating their treasons by claiming to "support the troops," perhaps even sporting a yellow car magnet next to their STOP BUSH NOW bumper stickers.
it's evil, what they are doing, and i think they know it but are willing to gamble to get out of the cold.
i did not ever think i would see a day such as this. my friends who are "anti-war' wax eloquent about the "poor kids" who are pawns in "bush's army," but they have no solutions...just "erase the hate" slogans, as if denying that there is such a thing as evil and pretending that some day we will all just "get along" will make the terrorists go away, or love us, or at least blow up only europe.
it's a bargain with the devil they have made. and they will pay for it, in ways we have not yet seen.
i am convinced no matter what republican had won, this situation would exist. they are simply opportunists, valuing a return to power more than national security or the lives of our soldiers.
your last point is amusing and so true. it exemplifies the problem...they just want the power back, however they can get it.
Actually, I totally agree with your point. My b/w comment related specifically to their rhetoric, not their behavior. I'm sorry I wasn't clearer on that point.
What are we supposed to do, just sit back and say nothing while they lie and lie and lie some more? If so, we may as well be back in the old days of the MSM monopoly.
You could also say, "So terrorists should get access to our courts and our due process, but Rove shouldn't?
If your liberal RAT friend wasn't so steeped in hatred for this administration he/she wouldn't be making such assinine statements in the first place. Most of my RAT liberal friends can't believe the Democrats are even foregoing this lamebrain effort. This whole thing is two years old and this is the best the Democrats can do to put a best face on Joe Wilson and Valerie Plame? Good Lord!