I think Mr. Rove is about to have problems
Rove and his homies
Jane has a great Karl Rove Plamegate primer up tonight in case you've forgotten all the minutia of the case and want to get back up to speed.
Karl has now testified before the grand jury five times, which most lawyers say would never happen in a normal case. Karl, however, believes he can wiggle out of this so he keeps volunteering to go back to the grand jury and explain himself.
He has always thought he was very, very good at this kind of thing:
Rove was no lawyer but he carried a kind of preturnatural confidence in court cases. Like in his high school debates, he always felt better than anybody in the room. He could beat anybody with the strength of his argument or the weight of his will. When a team of blue-chip lawyers in a tobacco case grilled Rove for a deposition some years earlier, he was not just confident, but arrogant, fending off their questions with playful insults. On the stand in the Kay Bailey Hutchison trial, he was masterful in frustrating the prosecution. Now he had a former U.S. Attorney General in his cross hairs, and as Rove sat at the table in the federal courthouse, he turned his head slowly and looked over at the defense table with the thin sliver of a smile. It was a dark smile, determined, and there was not mistaking the message: You are my enemy and you will pay.(Bush's Brain p. 190)
Waddaya think? Does the recently demoted Karl still have that kind of mojo? Or was it his "preturnatural confidence" that led him to think he could lie his ass off to the FBI and the Grand Jury and nothing would happen?
He doesn't seem quite so formidable these days does he? A 32% approval rating and massive policy failure will do that to you.
Update: According to the Washington Post, Rove is using the "it would have been stupid to lie so it's ludicrous that I would have done so" defense. It sounds like he's as arrogant as ever.er.
First, that grand jury has far more black people on than most Texas juries, and if Rove is fucking with Fitzgerald, trying to game him, he's gonna be very unhappy as to how this plays out.
Norah O'Donnell said this wouldn't be that big a deal if Rove was indicted.
Is she drunk? The president's top aide indicted for an act of state? Shit. If this happens, Bush will have to fire Rummy and think about dumping Cheney. His presidency will have two engines burning and the English Channel below. He will have to dump cargo.
I think Fitzgerald has waited to build an ironclad case against Rove, he's in no hurry, but if he wasn't going to indict, this would have been over.
posted by Steve @ 3:28:00 AM