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July 19, 2005

George and Karl

And Karl shall be with us always, or at least as long as George is...

President Bush, who said sometime back that he'd fire anyone who leaked CIA agent Valerie Plame's name to the press, now says he'll fire anyone convicted of a crime in connection with the leak.

Too bad. Under the earlier standard, Karl Rove, the president's chief political strategist, would be gone since it's pretty clear now that even if he didn't initiate the leak of Ms. Plame's name, he confirmed her status as a CIA employee for a couple of reporters.

But now, even if Mr. Rove is indicted in the leak case, we'll be blessed with his continued presence on the public payroll. Motions, more motions, delays, more delays ... by the time any case against Mr. Rove plays out in court, Mr. Bush's term in office will likely be over and he won't have to fire the man he calls "Boy Genius."

Let's hope special prosecutor Peter Fitzgerald wastes no time in reporting on the leak case. Questions an mysteries abound; answers and solutions are needed.

Posted by jcb at July 19, 2005 01:04 PM