Tuesday, July 12, 2005
Pie-Eyed Pickle of the Week
When the PeP comes a callin', you know you're in a pickle: Red rover, red rover, send Karl (Mission Accomplished) Rove right over! Your fingerprints are all over the leak of Valerie Plame's identity as an undercover CIA agent. But it's unlike you to be so silent, bereft of a well-thought-out rebuttal. We know you don't like to say "I made a mistake." We've read your profile in the New Yorker, so we also know that this is not the first time you've been involved in leaks.
Remember 1973: Terry Dolan, Robert Edgeworth and your bid to be the new College Republican chairman? Terry leaked a tape with your voice on it recounting "minor campaign espionage." The Washington Post published a story about the tape under the headline "GOP PROBES OFFICIAL AS TEACHER OF TRICKS." You won that election, and your opponent was kicked out of the party forever because he was affiliated with the leaking of the tape.
Now it seems that the chickens are coming home to roost. And President Bush and Scott McClellan's protracted silence only confirms that it is easier to get into a pickle than to get out of it, even for you Karl. Take note: Rumsfeld's rule(s) for doing the job in the White House is a good one: "Don't do or say things you would not like to see on the front page of The Washington Post."