The Emperor's New Orange Jumpsuit
To look at it, you might say the clothes have no emperor, but that's about to change. Truthout.org is saying that Rove is indicted, and will resign upon the charges being announced. You know what that means. If Rove isn't pardoned outright by President Bush, then he's doing time. Time to pause, time to reflect, time to look inward, time to rot in hell. This, of course, puts Bush in a real tough spot, as if he didn't have enough problems already. If he doesn't pardon Rove, then some plea-bargaining could ensue, and Karl could spill enough beans to bring down the whole ship. If Bush does pardon him, his approval ratings could reach into negative numbers. It must be tough to be The Decider at this point. And, if I were Karl Rove, I would think real hard about what happened to Ron Brown before caving in to the special prosecutor and singing for my supper.
Patrick Fitzgerald won't be stopping here, though. It seems that Dick Cheney is up next. His notes, subpoenaed by a grand jury, show that he had more than a passing interest in Plame and Wilson. And, The New York Times is reporting that Cheney pushed to widen the NSA eavesdropping. My goodness, the lid is boiling off the pot. Somehow, I don't think these guys were expecting all of this when they stole the election in 2004, but, the best laid plans...
As a side note on just how paranoid Bush has become, it was reported that, at a recent appearance in Florida, Bush's motorcade had automatic rifles pointed out the windows at protestors. I would hardly believe it if not for these testimonials at Daily Kos. Bush must think that the public is going to pounce on him and drag him to a lampost for a hanging at any time now. After a few more rounds of insider whistleblowing, he might not be too far off base. It's interesting to note that Bush now gets such over-the-top protection, but, on 9/11, when the country was under the worst attack ever suffered on the mainland, the secret service allowed Bush to read a story about goats to a group of children in a public place for over 20 minutes before whisking him to safety. That should tell you something.
I'll be real impressed if Rove goes down, and the heat continues to rise under Cheney, but it all seems a little too contrived to me. How could they have come this far, only to have one special prosecutor have at them like political pinatas, and pull up the tent stakes? When the Bilderbergers last met, did they know this was coming? It's getting real strange out there, but time will eventually sort it all out. In the meantime, we can do the indictment dance around the maypole, and celebrate summer without the odious Karl Rove.