Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Andrew Sullivan on the Rove scandal

Andrew Sullivan is a conservative with a conscience, I often times wonder how a Republican like him can tolerate the shenanigans of this White House. Andrew has an excellent piece today on the Rove scandal, unlike many of his GOP counterparts Andrew is calling for Bush to fire Karl Rove as Bush promised to do to the leaker.

"An emailer puts it as well as I could:
Two points, briefly:
1. People need to stop hiding behind Clintonian semantics here and understand that even if no actual technical violation of the law is found in the Rove/Plame case it will still be true, based on what we know now from the Time emails, that White House actions compromised a CIA asset during a time of war. What would Hannity, Limbaugh, Scarborough and all the cable loudmouths be saying if it had been Sidney Blumenthal?

2. Scott McClellan once told the American people that Karl Rove was not involved in any way, and that the President would remove anyone found to be involved. During the Lewinsky scandal many people insisted that it was not the sex that bothered them, but it was the lying, spinning, parsing, and direct misleading of the American people that offended them, and that came to define the Clinton White House. What would the cable loudmouths be saying if instead of McClellan it had been McCurry?

This isn't about technical violations or a game of gotcha. It's about character, and George Bush needs to show some."

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