VALERIE PLAME LEAK--
So apparently, the President has confidence in Karl Rove.
So, W trusts someone who apparently lied to Scotty McClellan and put him on the hot seat for an entire press briefing yesterday? Who lied to the entire American public? Of course he does! That's what they have in common!
Nevertheless, it's worth noting that now that the American public has been awakened to national security issues, this whole thing really isn't playing well in middle America. And this anecdote isn't the only one I have in this regard. Today I attended my great-grandfather's funeral (requiescat in pace, at the ripe old age of 92) and my great-aunt--a very nice lady who is a sensible, knowledgeable rural conservative, and knows that I lean left--asked my what the latest was with me. I gave my response about wanting to get some connections and go work in D.C. for a while, and about my ambition to be the "Karl Rove for the good guys", just without the criminal element. And she said, "I know exactly what you mean." This Karl Rove thing is getting around suburban and rural America. They don't like it because it violates trust. Fox and Powerline can continue to spin it, but the media smells blood. Now, I'm just waiting for the other shoe to drop.