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GOP Nervously Eyeing Rove and CIA Probe
AP ^ | 7/14/05 | Ron Fournier

Posted on 07/14/2005 1:05:53 AM PDT by Crackingham

Republicans are nervously watching the fight over Karl Rove's involvement in a news leak that exposed a CIA officer's identity, fearing that President Bush's chief adviser has become a major political problem. While the president passed up another chance Wednesday to express confidence in his deputy chief of staff, his political team engineered a series of testimonials from members of Congress who praised Rove and condemned Democratic critics.

"The extreme left is once again attempting to define the modern Democratic Party by rabid partisan attacks, character assassination and endless negativity," said Rep. Tom Reynolds, R-N.Y., chairman of the GOP congressional committee. The Republican National Committee, virtually a political arm of the White House, urged GOP lawmakers to go public.

Still, several top GOP officials — including some White House advisers — said the fight was becoming a distraction to Bush's agenda. The GOP officials, speaking on condition of anonymity to avoid looking disloyal, said the president may face a credibility problem because his spokesman said in September that anybody involved in the leak would be fired.

These Republicans, all admirers of Rove, said they were surprised and disappointed when Bush stopped short of publicly backing his longtime aide. A survey of Republicans outside Washington revealed similar concerns, though few officials were willing to go on record.

"I think he should resign," said Jim Holt, a GOP state senator from Arkansas who is running for lieutenant governor. He joked, "I hope Karl Rove doesn't come gunning for me."


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1 posted on 07/14/2005 1:05:54 AM PDT by Crackingham
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To: Crackingham

Attention, AP: wishful thinking on your part does not a news story make.


2 posted on 07/14/2005 1:06:33 AM PDT by Terpfen (Liberals call the Constitution a living document because they enjoy torturing it.)
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To: Terpfen

AP = Always Propaganda


3 posted on 07/14/2005 1:07:56 AM PDT by Uncle Vlad
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To: Crackingham

I love how they had to go to a lieutenant governor in Arkansas do get the negative comment.


4 posted on 07/14/2005 1:09:40 AM PDT by Rokurota (.)
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To: Uncle Vlad

Thought AP was short for Annoying P****s. Did they recently change their name?


5 posted on 07/14/2005 1:10:10 AM PDT by Terpfen (Liberals call the Constitution a living document because they enjoy torturing it.)
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To: Crackingham
GOP nervously...

That would apply to anything the GOP does. NO B@LLS!

6 posted on 07/14/2005 1:11:04 AM PDT by clee1 (We use 43 muscles to frown, 17 to smile, and 2 to pull a trigger. I'm lazy and I'm tired of smiling.)
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To: Crackingham

If Bush forces Rove out the door, I will lose much respect for our President. I don't expect this to happen, but if he gives into the partisan attacks and actually gets rid of Rove, imagine what type of nominees we will get for the Supreme Court. I hope and expect President Bush to stand by his morals, his convictions, and his friends. If he doesn't, watch out! The Supreme Court is next.


7 posted on 07/14/2005 1:16:50 AM PDT by dmc8576
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To: Crackingham
The GOP officials, speaking on condition of anonymity to avoid looking disloyal...

Seeing as it's an AP story, I'd be more inclined to believe the anonymity is to avoid admitting they're really democrat staffers.-

8 posted on 07/14/2005 1:16:56 AM PDT by papertyger (There are three kinds of people in the world. - Gary Johnson, Actor)
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To: Crackingham

Bush's Problems Has Republicans Worried
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2005/06/15/national/w053640D98.DTL
Wednesday, June 15, 2005
AP's RON FOURNIER in the San Francisco Chronicle

Fearing that President Bush's political problems may become their own, Republicans in Congress and elsewhere are beginning to yearn for the good old days of seven months ago, when he had somebody to run against.





Special Interest Groups Lose on Filibuster
http://www.statesman.com/news/content/shared-gen/ap/US_Congress/Filibuster_Winners_Losers.html
Wednesday, May 25, 2005
AP's RON FOURNIER in the Austin American-Statesman

The right got winged, liberals lost and Republican Leader Bill Frist had his Senate powers hijacked. The agreement to allow yes-or-no votes on some of President Bush's stalled judicial nominations produced other losers, a few winners — and many in-betweens. Did the president come out ahead? Sen. John McCain? Did the GOP or the Democratic Party gain the upper hand? Has moderation seized the Senate?




Dean still says DeLay may deserve jail
http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/breaking_news/11700722.htm
Saturday, May 21, 2005
AP's RON FOURNIER in the Kansas City Star

Democratic Party chairman Howard Dean, who famously refused to prejudge Osama bin Laden's guilt, is standing by his judgment that House Majority Leader Tom DeLay may deserve jail time for allegations of corruption.



Analysis: Iraq Shadows Bush's Inaugural
http://www.twincities.com/mld/twincities/news/nation/10692013.htm
Thursday, January 20, 2005
AP's RON FOURNIER in the St. Paul Pioneer Press

Not a word on Iraq. President Bush's inaugural address contained 2,000 words of passion and promise for his second term, but no direct mention of the war that could sink it.
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9 posted on 07/14/2005 1:17:22 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: Crackingham

who is nervous?


10 posted on 07/14/2005 1:18:37 AM PDT by Echo Talon (http://echotalon.blogspot.com)
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To: Echo Talon

AP is.


11 posted on 07/14/2005 1:20:24 AM PDT by demlosers (Allegra: Do not believe the garbage the media is feeding you back home.)
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To: Crackingham

Ron Fournier was the winner in the print category in 1998 for his dispatches on President Clinton's knee injury that sent him to the hospital in the middle ofthe night.

12 posted on 07/14/2005 1:21:16 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: kcvl; Carl/NewsMax; crushkerry

GREAT research. What a hack!


13 posted on 07/14/2005 1:22:54 AM PDT by adam_az (It's the border, stupid!)
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To: kcvl
President Clinton's knee injury that sent him to the hospital in the middle of the night.

Oh wow! Bill spent time on his knees too... Hmmm who woulda thunk it?

14 posted on 07/14/2005 1:24:00 AM PDT by Echo Talon (http://echotalon.blogspot.com)
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To: Rokurota

This is a traitor Republican running against a good GOP Lt. Gov. He's already po'ed a lot of the Ark. GOP.


15 posted on 07/14/2005 1:25:53 AM PDT by TLOne (All the terrorists want is for us to bow and worship their god. Oh, and let them rule.)
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To: Crackingham
The Dems think the only enemy in this world worth fighting is their President.
16 posted on 07/14/2005 1:27:56 AM PDT by HisKingdomWillAbolishSinDeath (Doctors may delay your death, but only Jesus Christ can save your life.)
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To: Crackingham
Ron Fournier

That's all you need to know about this article.

17 posted on 07/14/2005 1:29:13 AM PDT by BigSkyFreeper (Whop-bobaloobop a WHOP BAM BOOM!!)
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To: dmc8576
If Bush forces Rove out the door

Won't happen. Bush is not the type of President who would cave to the Partisan Liberal Media Party.

18 posted on 07/14/2005 1:32:47 AM PDT by BigSkyFreeper (Whop-bobaloobop a WHOP BAM BOOM!!)
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To: Rokurota
These Republicans, all admirers of Rove, said they were surprised and disappointed when Bush stopped short of publicly backing his longtime aide. A survey of Republicans outside Washington revealed similar concerns, though few officials were willing to go on record.

That is a LIE! They didn't give President Bush a chance to "back him".

19 posted on 07/14/2005 1:34:52 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: BigSkyFreeper

Especially since Rove did absolutely nothing wrong. The Democrats are dillusional, and they're hoping the majority of the country is too. I'm sure it baffles them...I mean, all this stuff goes over so well with the idiot "base".


20 posted on 07/14/2005 1:38:27 AM PDT by shteebo
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To: kcvl

Fournier has a penchant for writing codswollop.


21 posted on 07/14/2005 1:40:02 AM PDT by BigSkyFreeper (Whop-bobaloobop a WHOP BAM BOOM!!)
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To: Crackingham

Jim Holt must be misquoted in this article amongst a whole slew of spin!


22 posted on 07/14/2005 1:40:25 AM PDT by GoodWithBarbarians JustForKaos (Peace on earth! After major whup-a$$)
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To: shteebo
Especially since Rove did absolutely nothing wrong.

Exactly. From alll I've heard from talking heads on both sides of this issue for weeks, have said he's done nothing wrong.

23 posted on 07/14/2005 1:41:27 AM PDT by BigSkyFreeper (Whop-bobaloobop a WHOP BAM BOOM!!)
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To: Rokurota

Yeah a Lt. Gov. they most likely misquoted or he was overheard making a joke.


24 posted on 07/14/2005 1:42:54 AM PDT by GoodWithBarbarians JustForKaos (Peace on earth! After major whup-a$$)
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To: GoodWithBarbarians JustForKaos
Jim Holt must be misquoted in this article amongst a whole slew of spin!

I thought he was joking! That doesn't sound like Jim Holt to me.

25 posted on 07/14/2005 1:43:24 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: kcvl

So let me get this straight:

According to the MSM if you don't say anything about someone, then you have 'stopped short of publicly backing them', even if you publicly backed them yesterday???!?!!!

I think I'm finally getting libologic!

You put the logical part of your brain into a dazed limbo.

Either that or you get a lobotomy.


26 posted on 07/14/2005 1:56:31 AM PDT by GoodWithBarbarians JustForKaos (Peace on earth! After major whup-a$$)
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To: Crackingham
Still, several top GOP officials — including some White House advisers — said the fight was becoming a distraction to Bush's agenda.

Fournier says this...then quotes a Republican candidate for Lt. Gov from ARKANSAS. BWA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA! What a freakin' idiot.

27 posted on 07/14/2005 2:01:36 AM PDT by Recovering_Democrat (I'm so glad to no longer be associated with the Party of Dependence on Government!)
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To: Rokurota

Not even. He's a state senator who wants to be lieutenant governor.


28 posted on 07/14/2005 2:42:31 AM PDT by Huck (Conservatism jumped the shark with GWB.)
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To: Crackingham

Who's nervous about this? Sounds like wishful thinking.


29 posted on 07/14/2005 3:02:31 AM PDT by newzjunkey (Remind Liberal Cowards Why America Freed Iraq: http://massgraves.info/)
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To: Crackingham

Guess they'll dig up Dan Blather next to declare that, even if false the charge is SERIOUS and must be pursued. Hic


30 posted on 07/14/2005 3:03:25 AM PDT by Waco
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To: Crackingham
AP and the rest of the legacy media think the GOP is in trouble. They still can't find ONE lie Karl Rove told or ONE law he's broken. No wonder they're full of bitterness and rage and they hope Republicans will do their dirty work for them. Its raw partisan politics at its worst.

(Denny Crane: "Sometimes you can only look for answers from God and failing that... and Fox News".)
31 posted on 07/14/2005 3:03:58 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: Crackingham

If I was a campaign manager for a Republican, I would get Karl Rove to come stand next to my candidate as soon as possible for a fundraiser photo. When KR comes out smelling like a rose, he will attain political rockstar status, and he and the Prez will remember those that stuck up for him.


32 posted on 07/14/2005 3:10:54 AM PDT by Dr. Free Market (Character is doing the right thing when nobody's looking.)
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To: GoodWithBarbarians JustForKaos
So let me get this straight:

According to the MSM if you don't say anything about someone, then you have 'stopped short of publicly backing them', even if you publicly backed them yesterday???!?!!!

I think I'm finally getting libologic!

You put the logical part of your brain into a dazed limbo.

Either that or you get a lobotomy.

--->

What you are describing is a LIBOTOMY.

LIBOTOMY is often performed by high school teachers, college professors, and scare-mongers. Certain girly-men manage to perform one on themselves in order to gain favor of single women. I'm not sure if there is a feminine analogue of that procedure.

Unlike a lobotomy, a LIBOTOMY operation IS reversible, and has often been observed as victims of the procedure attain the age of 30-40, as Churchill observed. Some observers believe that having children often initiates the reversal.
33 posted on 07/14/2005 3:42:21 AM PDT by AFPhys ((.Praying for President Bush, our troops, their families, and all my American neighbors..))
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"The extreme left is once again attempting to define the modern Democratic Party by rabid partisan attacks, character assassination and endless negativity," said Rep. Tom Reynolds, R-N.Y., chairman of the GOP congressional committee.

Geez, dude, SHUT UP. These kinds of statements help the Dems, by pointing out what they're doing wrong. What's that? They're too stupid to listen? OK, never mind.

The only thing I'm nervous about right now is that the Dems will drop the Rove thing before they get burned by another non-scandal that they foisted.

34 posted on 07/14/2005 3:54:21 AM PDT by Hardastarboard
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To: kcvl
Ron Fournier looks like he knows his way around a Pier 1.


35 posted on 07/14/2005 4:00:48 AM PDT by SkyPilot (Eliminate, eradicate, and stamp out redundancy!)
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To: Crackingham
"I think he should resign," said Jim Holt, a GOP state senator from Arkansas

WOW! What a ground-swell of republican opposition to Rove. One state senator from Arkansas.

They couldn't even find ONE republican in Washington who would support this?

36 posted on 07/14/2005 4:00:57 AM PDT by linkinpunk
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To: kcvl

The propagandist can be reached at:

rfournier@ap.org


37 posted on 07/14/2005 4:03:28 AM PDT by jimbo123
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To: shteebo; BigSkyFreeper
I still can't understand exactly what the Dems can even claim Rove did. He didn't "expose" Plame at all, from what I can see. He warned Cooper that Plame ("Wilson's wife") who worked at the CIA, set up Wilson's trip and that Wilson was lying about VP Cheney sending him. Where is the statement by Rove that exposes Plame? It's not exactly breaking news that people do work for the CIA... even us red state ignorant hicks know that. The fact that she works for the CIA doesn't automatically make her an undercover operative. CIA has bureaucrats too, and at the time it seems she fell into that category anyway. I just don't get it. How is it alleged that Rove exposed her?

Has anyone else seen the photo (maybe from Vanity Fair) of Wilson and Plame in the convertible? She's all dressed up with the scarf over her head and the big dark glasses; she looks like she's dressing up as Mata Hari for a costume party. What a pathetic display. To me, the bigger scandal is that someone like Wilson, who apparently is a liar with a seriously overblown sense of self-importance and possible delusions of grandeur, was in a position to have access to any secret information. I think the combination of liar and narcissist is a very dangerous combination for someone who has access to sensitive information.

38 posted on 07/14/2005 4:08:17 AM PDT by GraceCoolidge
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To: Crackingham

Ah, yes, the non endorsement of Rove by the President included having Rove smiling confidently prominently seated behind the President. Is the AP not "nuanced" to understand the symbolism?

The writer should switch to selling novels, might be more successful.


39 posted on 07/14/2005 4:39:28 AM PDT by Soul Seeker
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To: Crackingham

Hmmm, sounds like the Pubs are getting "brave"? Of course!.......the outspokeness is against one of their own. If only they would fight the Demonrats with the same way. The only time we see this is when the MSM beads in on another Republican.......then the daggers come out. Shameful!


40 posted on 07/14/2005 4:52:38 AM PDT by Dawgreg (Happiness is not having what you want, but wanting what you have.)
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To: Terpfen

LOL! Wishful thinking, AP.


41 posted on 07/14/2005 5:02:45 AM PDT by meema
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To: Crackingham
All the dems calling for Rove's head are the same bunch that called for restraint during the Monica dress, er I mean, mess and the "no controlling legal authority" episode.

As I have said before, anything short of an indictment and Rove is safe.

42 posted on 07/14/2005 5:03:22 AM PDT by Phlap (REDNECK@LIBARTS.EDU)
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To: Crackingham

Ron Fournier continues to experience wet dreams I see..


43 posted on 07/14/2005 5:18:13 AM PDT by prairiebreeze (My dad, a WWII veteran always said that America's best ally was...Britain. He was right.)
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To: kcvl

Fournier is a liberal hack, always has the same template.


44 posted on 07/14/2005 6:20:28 AM PDT by KC_Conspirator (This space outsourced to India)
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To: Crackingham
The Republican National Committee, virtually a political arm of the White House, urged GOP lawmakers to go public.

Uhh, isn't this a normal thing for the party in the White House, to have it's national committee on their team? Is the RNC supposed to be out helping Dims or something?

45 posted on 07/14/2005 6:35:48 AM PDT by CFC__VRWC ("Anytime a liberal squeals in outrage, an angel gets its wings!" - gidget7)
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To: Crackingham

I'm a Republican, and I am not nervous - I instead gleefully anticipate Rove's exculpation and a great deal of rotten eggs on the faces of a large number of Democrats and their media catspaws.


46 posted on 07/14/2005 7:05:05 AM PDT by King Prout (I'd say I missed ya, but that'd be untrue... I NEVER MISS)
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To: Terpfen
nervously watching

president passed up another chance...to express confidence

his political team engineered...testimonials

fearing

speaking on condition of anonymity to avoid looking disloyal

may face a credibility problem

Nope, no bias here!

47 posted on 07/14/2005 7:11:23 AM PDT by eyespysomething ("Old Hippies" re-living their activist youth - the first time nostalgia had a body count attached.)
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To: CFC__VRWC

Someone needs to investigate the relationship between the White House and the RNC; I think they are guilty of collusion and conspiracy. (sarcasm)


48 posted on 07/14/2005 7:31:24 AM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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To: Crackingham
The Republican National Committee, virtually a political arm of the White House, urged GOP lawmakers to go public.

LOL! Literally laughing in Fournier's face over this one.......when Clinton was in office, not only was the DNC "virtually a political arm of the White House", so was the CIA, FBI, IRS, CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, MTV, AP, RF (Ron Fournier) etc, etc,.......

49 posted on 07/14/2005 7:42:54 AM PDT by MamaLucci (Mutually assured destruction STILL keeps the Clinton administration criminals out of jail.)
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To: goldstategop
No wonder they're full of bitterness and rage and they hope Republicans will do their dirty work for them. Its raw partisan politics at its worst.

One of the really amazing things about this whole "story" is how the usual RINO suspects (McCain, Graham, Chaffee, etc.) have not come out to do the media's dirty work for them. And you know the media has just got to be begging them non-stop to say anything they can use to portray the White House as being even more on the run.

As it is, all they can scrounge up to show the latest "dissension within the GOP ranks" is some moonbat candidate for Lt. Governor of Arkansas.

50 posted on 07/14/2005 7:50:31 AM PDT by CFC__VRWC ("Anytime a liberal squeals in outrage, an angel gets its wings!" - gidget7)
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