White House Shakeup
Looks like I was right about Scott McClellan.
Scott McClellan has also announced his resignation as the president's press secretary, as Mr Bush attempts to freshen his image and revive his low poll ratings.
The article reports that Karl Rove will be demoted. That gives Rove more time to sell out the Vice President's office to Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald. Rove certainly doesn't want to be indicted for his role in leaking Valerie Plame's CIA employment.
Bloggers everywhere will be saddened to see Scotty go. He has provided so much comedy material. Much of which came from Scotty parroting talking points for Lewis "Scooter" Libby. David Corn reports that Libby's defense is to pass accountability ("hey, I'm just obeying orders") to Cheney.
What we have is the President and Vice-President's office circling the wagons against each other. The bad poll numbers and midterm elections only worsen matters. These people who believed they were so rightious can't even trust each other. These ideologues thought they were so smart and now wonder how they got into this Valerie Plame mess. These smear campaigns against political enemies worked so well for them in the past.
The Joseph Wilson op-ed wasn't going to stop the Iraq invasion. The reason Cheney and Rove had such a fascination with Wilson is because they are petty men who will grind a grudge into the ground. Most Americans don't know are care who Wilson is. Cheney and Rove cared who Wilson's wife was and went after her. Even the Corleone family didn't go after the wives.