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October 28, 2005

Roll Over Rover

So ... What are the odds on Patrick Fitzgerald getting Karl Rove to roll over on Dick Cheney?

That is how U.S. attorneys work, you know. It's S.O.P. And it explains why Fitzgerald spent so much time talking with Rove's top lawyer on Wednesday. Rove’s nice liberal democrat lawyer.

I've never been able to figure out just how loyalty works in the Texas Mafia. It isn't like the more traditional Mafias, where omerta gave way to cover-your-ass. It isn't like the Russian Mafia, where silence equals cover-your-ass. The Texas Mafia seems to define loyalty as some sort of high-risk annuity: you can count on it, but only up to a point.

If there was enough to nail an indictment onto Li’l Lewie, it shouldn't be hard to nail Rove on the same trivial charges (trivial according to Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, she of short memory) of obstruction of justice and perjury using the same evidence. So either Fitz is holding out for something better to put on Rove, or he's looking to flip Rove.

And, according to published reports, George W. Bush finally figured out he wasn’t running the government. Boy, was he pissed!

Ahh, the fun is merely beginning.

Posted by Mike Gold at October 28, 2005 04:07 PM

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You know what they always say about Chicago politicians--an honest one gets bought and stays bought. There's not an honest bone in Rove's body. You called it right, sir. Someone big is going down!

Posted by: Marilyn Ferdinand at October 28, 2005 05:00 PM

Unless threatened with a really serious charge like treason, nobody will turn on Cheney or Rove. They all know they're far better off falling on their own swords than ratting out the twin princes of darkness. A short stretch in a minimum security prison followed by a lucrative private sector job vs. a lifetime of banishment from the halls of the elite...or worse.

The choice is easy. Libby's the fall guy, and that's the end of it, with the possibility of some other lesser players like Hadley.

Posted by: Rick Oliver at October 29, 2005 09:22 AM

I am in no way shape or form a Bush supporter, and am personally rather critical of damn near all aspects of this particular presidency, but the one thing that does set my teeth on edge is when anybody looks at the chaos that these probably indictments may bring and calls it "fun."

I realize that it is entirely probable that you meant it in a cynical sense, but honest to God, when one side or the other shows glee at the misfortunes of their opponents, it only continues to make this country more divided.

Posted by: rrlane at October 30, 2005 12:50 PM


I agree -- although I'll admit a certain amount of satisfaction that the chickens are finally coming home to roost. The current administration has dangerously compromised the separation of the three branches of government, and it's nice to know that they are not completely unimpeded in their attempts to subvert the constitution.

The founders generally viewed politcal parties with disdain, and I doubt that they would look favorably on our current highly divisive and dysfunctional two-party system.

Many citizens have no great love for either party and often vote for what they perceive as the lesser of two evils. Most elections today are decided by the RINOs and DINOs who hold their noses with one hand while pulling the lever with the other.

Posted by: Rick Oliver at October 30, 2005 01:42 PM

Hey, Mike, if Fitzgerald's not going to charge Rove, I'd say his chances of getting him to roll on Cheney are zero and none.

I heard someone say something about this case. If Libby is found guilty, conceivably, he could get less time if he'd just killed Valerie Plame outright.

Posted by: eclark1849 at November 1, 2005 03:38 PM

Gee, too bad he didn't kill her. WTF?

Posted by: Marilyn Ferdinand at November 1, 2005 04:19 PM

Since the current administration apparently condones torture, maybe we should adopt ye olde English punishment for treason: castration and disembowelment, followed by beheading and chopping up the remaining body parts.

Of course, no one in the White House committed treason, since apparently it's not treason if you don't think you're betraying your country when you expose the identity of an undercover CIA agent. It's all in the mind of the perpetrator.

But, hey, maybe they really didn't know she was an undercover agent, and maybe it never occurred to them to find out first. Maybe they're really just a bunch of morons.

That would explain a lot -- but it doesn't make me feel any better.

Posted by: Rick Oliver at November 1, 2005 05:48 PM


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