In One Eye

Tuesday, July 12, 2005
For those who came in late, Robert Scheer has a good summary of the Rove/Plame affair in this morning's Los Angeles Times. He concludes the piece in this fashion:
It's ironic that the expertise of [the Wilsons] should be turned against them by a White House that has demonstrated nothing but incompetence in dealing with the WMD issue. But clearly truth and competence are virtues easily shed by the Bush administration in the pursuit of political advantage, even when this partisan game jeopardizes national security.

This is the most important issue raised by the Plame scandal. It has been unfortunately obscured by the secondary debate in the case: whether reporters should ever reveal their sources. Yet what the emerging Rove scandal demonstrates is the ease with which a wily top White House official can subvert the Bill of Rights' protection of the free press to serve the tawdriest of political ends.
At the risk of appearing non-partisan, I have to say that this whole second term scandal scenario is pretty common. From Sherman Adams' graft to Watergate to Iran-Contra to Monicagate to this, it just appears as if "second term presidents have been on the mountaintop too long, breathing rarified air, and think they can do anything."

Having said that, it doesn't look as if Rush's president is taking the high road on this. For all of the conservatives' bleating about Clinton's lies, they don't seem to be all that concerned with the subterfuge now being evinced by the current administration.