Are they really this pathetic?

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.

Jimmy’s goodbye on the Liberal Avenger was comparitively mild. Amanda Marcotte’s thread was fairly short, but assumes that he was forced out:

    The news is saying it’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?

Some of the commenters are more amusing (here and here), assuming that he is leaving just ahead of the indictment.

I wrote on Miss Marcotte’s fine site:

    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 “Plamegate” independent counsel, Patrick Fitzgerald.¹

    And they waited.

    And waited.

    And waited.

    Finally, Mr Leopold’s boss on TruthOut.org, Marc Ash, had to issue a statement, saying that while they still stood behind Mr Leopold’s articles, they would “stand down” from the story — 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; it’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 Rove’s resignation.

    After Karl Rove’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 Rove’s resignation signals the final chapter in the Bush administration’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:

Seriously Joe, I think a “no comment” would have been the way to go.

And:

Mr. Wilson serves a better purpose when banging his wife.

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.
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¹ – On the original, I fouled up the name of the special prosecutor.

7 Comments

  1. Anyone who uses the term ‘covert’ to define the status of Ms. Palne in recent years is either stupid or intellectually dishonest.

    The law that protects covert agents in harms way was rather narrowly defined. It would have punished the late and unlamented slimester Jack Anderson for his deadly blabbing about a field agent. It would have also facilitated punishment of the traitor Agee for his betrayal of persons on foreign soil.

    The Georgetown Cocktail Party circuit is not dangerous territory.

    This misuse of the term ‘covert’ is as much an example of verbal imprecision as the use of ‘NEOCON’ to attack anyone not to the left of George Soros.

  2. Dana said heartily…

    Well, if it pisses off the scummiest scumbag in Washington, The Honorable Joseph C Wilson IV, it just makes my day!

    I am a little take aback by our author’s language, and I could not agree more!

    Dana said heartily…

    Well, if it pisses off the scummiest scumbag in Washington, The Honorable Joseph C Wilson IV, it just makes my day!

    I am a little take aback by our author’s language. I could not agree more!

    Art concluded…

    Anyone who uses the term ‘covert’ to define the status of Ms. Palne in recent years is either stupid or intellectually dishonest.

    That is gonna prove to be complicated logic for some.

    Art went on to say…

    This misuse of the term ‘covert’ is as much an example of verbal imprecision as the use of ‘NEOCON’ to attack anyone not to the left of George Soros.

    This is a pet peave of mine as well; as I am sure you all know. That reminds me of an article I sent to our site’s host a couple of days a go.

    The liberal billionaires, such as George Soros and Peter Lewis, and the bloggers, such as “blogfather” Jerome Armstrong, are certain of what they’re against, Bai demonstrates. They are passionate in their hostility to the Republican “dictatorship,” the reviled George W. Bush, and his war in Iraq; they despise the evangelical “lizardheads” who live in “Dumbfuckistan”; they detest the Clintons as compromisers whose strategy of triangulation has turned the Democrats, as they see it, into me-too Republicans chasing after the middle-class vote; they loathe the centrist Democratic Leadership Council (DLC) and, as famed Hollywood liberal Norman Lear puts it, “Joe ‘Fucking’ Lieberman”; and they are sure, insofar as they give it any thought, that the war on terror is largely a scam that has been sold to the “morons” of middle America.

    The article/book review is worth a read. The title is The Againstocrats by Fred Siegel. It is from The City Journal and can be found here.

  3. I know regulars in the spin machine have grown used to it, but I still find the petty parsing of Plame’s “covert” status as a CIA agent to be pathetic. That she was fed to the media at all in such a blatant effort to attack Wilson after now we KNOW that he was right all along about the non-existent WMD, can only leave me to conclude that anyone defending people who put the spotlight on a CIA agent, just have an axe to grind. The loyalty to ones’ country, and those working to defend it, just isn’t apparent to me.

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