Thursday, July 14, 2005

The NYT Turns Up the Political Heat

The New York Times is reporting that Karl Rove confirmed to Bob Novak that Valerie Plame was a CIA agent during a telephone call on July 8, 2003.

I don't know what this does to the legal case (personally I think Fitzgerald has something more in his hand than has been let on so far) but it certainly is unseemly for the WH to be outing CIA agents for political gain.

This is just one more reason why Junior's approval is slumping. He promised to change the environment in Washington and to be a straight shooter. It is hard to jibe these perceptions with a White House that goes to extreme measures to discredit its perceived enemies; lies to the public about those measures; and then when it gets caught in the lies, falls back on legal technicalities and ignore previous bravado.

Frankly it is rather Clintonesque.

(Somehow I don't think the WH would be too happy with that comparison.)