Karl Rove has tendered his resignation as Deputy Chief of Staff, and will be leaving the White House at the end of August. Our friends on the left are simply beside themselves with glee.
- The news is saying itâ€™s for his family, a particularly comical euphemism when it comes to Rove. What the hell could the golden boy have done to get ushered out?
- Ellie wrote:
Purely theatrical to avoid the mounting indictable offenses that are just around the corner.
I seem to recall that my friends on the left were simply ecstatic when Jason Leopold reported that Mr Rove had already been indicted by the â€œPlamegateâ€ independent counsel, Patrick Fitzgerald.Â¹
And they waited.
Finally, Mr Leopoldâ€™s boss on TruthOut.org, Marc Ash, had to issue a statement, saying that while they still stood behind Mr Leopoldâ€™s articles, they would â€œstand downâ€ from the story â€” since it was obviously wrong.
If Mr Rove were going to be indicted, it would almost certainly have already happened. This is a normal time for long-term political appointees to leave, to seek new positions elsewhere; itâ€™s better for them than if they all wait for January 20, 2009.
Mr Rove will now do what he does best: serving our country by getting Republicans elected!
The was in the original, and I suspect that the comment will draw some ire there; I can’t tell you just how delighted I will be!
Still, the Pandagonistae were actually more restrained than the commenters on The Lost Kos!
But my absolute favorite comes from Think Progress:
Joe Wilson on Roveâ€™s resignation.
After Karl Roveâ€™s resignation this morning, Ambassador Joe Wilson, a central figure in the CIA leak scandal and husband of former covert CIA officer Valerie Plame, issued a statement:
Karl Roveâ€™s resignation signals the final chapter in the Bush administrationâ€™s betrayal of the identity of a covert CIA officer. When this breach of national security occurred, the President promised the American people that anybody in his administration responsible for the leak would be removed. Rove, identified by the prosecutors as one of the leakers, not only was not summarily dismissed, but has been allowed to leave on his own terms, to praise from the President.
This sordid tale of compromising national security to cover-up and distract from the false rationale for the invasion of Iraq will forever remain in history a black mark on the Bush presidency.
Well, if it pisses off the scummiest scumbag in Washington, The Honorable Joseph C Wilson IV, it just makes my day!
Even the commenters for Think Progress have realized what an idiot Mr Wilson is:
The story is that the President had decided that anyone who stayed past Labor Day would be expected to stay for the remainder of the Administration. And this is the time when people start leaving an administration: they have their own careers about which to think, and if everybody waits until January 20, 2009, there would be a glut of job seekers.
It isn’t surprising that Mr Rove is leaving; there will be others. But since Karl Rove is the Evil One for so many of our friends on the left, it is amusing to see how gleeful they get over a very normal thing. Apparently, they are easily amused.
Â¹ – On the original, I fouled up the name of the special prosecutor.