The Office of Special Counsel is preparing to jump into one of the most sensitive and potentially explosive issues in Washington, launching a broad investigation into key elements of the White House political operations that for more than six years have been headed by chief strategist Karl Rove.I know, I know. Karl Rove has slithered away from danger before and I'm sure he'll do so again here.
The new investigation, which will examine the firing of at least one U.S. attorney, missing White House e-mails, and White House efforts to keep presidential appointees attuned to Republican political priorities, could create a substantial new problem for the Bush White House.
First, the inquiry comes from inside the administration, not from Democrats in Congress. Second, unlike the splintered inquiries being pressed on Capitol Hill, it is expected to be a unified investigation covering many facets of the political operation in which Rove played a leading part.
"We will take the evidence where it leads us," Scott J. Bloch, head of the Office of Special Counsel and a presidential appointee, said in an interview Monday. "We will not leave any stone unturned."
Given the way this administration works, I'm sure this inquiry -- internal to the administration and headed by a fellow Bush appointee -- will miraculously discover that Rove has done nothing wrong. He'll probably wind up with a Presidential Medal of Freedom when it's all said and done.
But still, if it leads to more stories involving "Karl Rove" and "inquiry" then I'm all for it. Sure, it'd be nice if the words "frog-marched," "waterboarded," and "his cellmate 'Trigger Dog'" were also included, but this is a start.
Update: Well, that didn't last long. Talk Left has the details on Bloch and he looks like a Loyal Bushie.
Of course, as a Loyal Bushie, that means he's horribly incompetent. Maybe he'll screw up the fake investigation and actually come up with some dirt on Rove. Oh, the ironing is delicious.