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Rove Passes the Blame

by Pamela Leavey

Yesterday on the Sunday Political Shows… Rove Talks and Claims: If Mistakes Were Made, They Weren’t His.

Go figure. The Architect claims:

Somebody else made the decision for me,” he said. “I’m just doing what I was instructed to do.”

So what does that mean? That Bush is the puppetmaster for Rove or that Bush’s puppetmaster, Dead-Eye Dick is the puppetmaster for both Bush and Rove?

Mr. Rove said he was blameless as well for his role in the unmasking of a C.I.A. operative, Valerie Wilson. White House officials were accused of seeking to discredit her husband, Joseph C. Wilson IV, who wrote an Op-Ed article in The New York Times in 2003 questioning the administration’s case for war in Iraq.

Asked by Mr. Gregory if he owed Ms. Wilson an apology, Mr. Rove gave a one-word answer, “No.”

Mr. Gregory asked Mr. Rove if he felt responsible for the downward slide of the Republican Party. “Well, look, everyone who identifies with the Republican Party ought to, ought to, ought to feel some responsibility,” he replied.

Mr. Rove said the Constitution prevented him from complying with a Congressional subpoena to describe his part in the firings of United States attorneys.

When Mr. Wallace argued that executive privilege did not prevent him from answering a reporter’s questions (“Why did you push to fire some U.S. attorneys in the president’s second term?”), Mr. Rove turned testy. “I know you don’t understand you’re being an agent of Congress when you ask me that question,” he said. “But you are.”

So what’s the deal? The devil made him do it?

One Response to “Rove Passes the Blame”


    Anthony McLeod Kennedy was born on July 23, 1936. He enjoyed a seemingly normal childhood in Sacramento, Ca. Blah, blah, blah.

    Now he runs this country in very major ways, without checks and balances over the exercise of his power, and we should be asking ourselves if that is acceptable. Justice Kennedy proved to be the decisive swing vote in all of the 5-4 decisions in which our new conservative Supreme Court started rewriting constitutional law this year, and what he intends to do in the future in that regard is completely up to himself. One can always hope that he doesn’t have a “vision”, but the annals of history are replete with the disasters caused by folks letting power go to their head.

    There is no part of our government that should escape scrutiny in The Second American Constitutional Convention, least of all the Supreme Court. There may have been a time when the game playing with the composition of the Court was not as extreme as we know it. But remember back to the bullshit with Nixon (tried Carswell and Haynsworth, did Burger and Rhenquist.), look at Reagan (promoted Rhenquist, got Scalia, tried for Bork), daddy Bush (Clarence Thomas) and then reflect on what GWB has wrought.

    If we decide to redo the Supreme Court, we could have 31 Justices, with the routine business required to be conducted by nine Justice panels randomly selected on a case by case basis. This would give us at least triple the work product and assure the minimum of hanky panky. Further, we could establish a process of rehearing for the most important and/or controversial matters, with 27 randomly chosen Justices participating. No problem with a power freak or zealot getting control of a lot of 14-13 decisions.

    Then we would only have to establish a fair and reasonable basis for getting the other 22 Justices chosen and that would be the last time that we would have to worry about our rights and liberties just because the Supremes happened to be in session.