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Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Republicans coming to Rove's defense

"Republicans mounted an aggressive and coordinated defense of Karl Rove yesterday, contending that the White House's top political adviser did nothing improper or illegal when he discussed a covert CIA official with a reporter.

With a growing number of Democrats calling for Rove's resignation, the Republican National Committee and congressional Republicans sought to discredit Democratic critics and knock down allegations of possible criminal activity.

"The angry left is trying to smear" Rove, RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman, a Rove protege, said in an interview.

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The emerging GOP strategy -- devised by Mehlman and other Rove loyalists outside of the White House -- is to try to undermine those Democrats calling for Rove's ouster, play down Rove's role and wait for President Bush's forthcoming Supreme Court selection to drown out the controversy, according to several high-level Republicans.

The White House said Bush retains full confidence in Rove, but for a second day officials would not answer a barrage of questions about Rove's role in the leak scandal on the grounds that the investigation is not complete. But the RNC -- effectively Bush's political arm -- weighed into the controversy in a major fashion.

Mehlman, who said he talked with Rove several times in recent days, instructed GOP legislators, lobbyists and state officials to accuse Democrats of dirty politics and argue Rove was guilty of nothing more than discouraging a reporter from writing an inaccurate story, according to RNC talking points circulated yesterday."

From The Washington Post.

Also note that the Wall Street Journal opinion page, a Republican bastion, is coming to Rove's aid:

"Democrats and most of the Beltway press corps are baying for Karl Rove's head over his role in exposing a case of CIA nepotism involving Joe Wilson and his wife, Valerie Plame. On the contrary, we'd say the White House political guru deserves a prize--perhaps the next iteration of the "Truth-Telling" award that The Nation magazine bestowed upon Mr. Wilson before the Senate Intelligence Committee exposed him as a fraud."

Though I think that lawyers should be as non-partisan as possible, and I actually tend to vote Republican more than Democrat, I think this is an outrageous case. The White House has been caught red-handed lying and distorting the facts, with Karl Rove engaged in a patently illegal act. Also, note that the White House isn't even standing beside the comments made in 2003 and 2004, about firing anyone who leaked this information, and the Rove had ntohing to do with this. I personally do not like being lied and misled, no matter which party or person does it. I still remember the vicious Republican attacks on Bill Clinton. Where are those Republicans now? Probably getting their talking points from the RNC.

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