Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Karl Rove, evil genius?

Craig Crawford seems to think so...

"...he's actually created a situation here where the federal courts can target leakers and reporters more than ever because the law is going to be blind to whether it's a good leaker or a bad leaker. I mean the principle is the same. The great damage has been done here to the ability of reporters to get information from leakers. So that fulfills his agenda to hamper the news media and that I think is going to be one of the most lasting consequences of this case unless he gets indicted. But there's nothing in Matt Cooper's email that could indict him. There'd have to be a lot more."

It's an interesting analysis, given Rove's track record this leak scandal does seem uncharacteristically sloppy. You don't often find Rove or one of his candidates doing the heavy lifting themselves when it comes to the dirty tricks. Then again the one other time time that Rove got into trouble with a press leak it was to Robert Novak and it got Rove fired from George H.W. Bush's 1992 re-election campaign. So perhaps it's not so uncharacteristic after all.

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