Tuesday, April 24, 2007

The Trials of Turdblossom

Every year or so, we dust off this classic doctored photo and engage in a little wishful thinking. Looks like it's that time of year again:
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.

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."
I know, I know. Karl Rove has slithered away from danger before and I'm sure he'll do so again here.

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.


Mr Furious said...

to recycle my comments, but here's what I said elsewhere...

"This is bullshit. The OSC is a presidential appointee and reports to the White House. This is a whitewash waiting to happen. I can hear it now…
“See! After this ‘independant, non-partisan’ investigation it was determined nothing was wrong… There is no need for Rove and Miers to testify. Congress is on a fishing expedition…”

And that was before I even found out about what a putz the guy is...

S.W. Anderson said...

As Wolf Blitzer reported this development with a straight face, I had visions of Rove, Bush and Cheney gathered in a side office at the White House, giggling and slapping their knees.

Nothing like another con job to help ease the tension at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

This is how Bush & Co.'s top knockers thumb their collective nose at hot-after-them congressional Democrats like Henry Waxman and Patrick Leahy. It may be an attempt at diversion, in part, but I'm convinced it's mostly a taunt.

Otto Man said...

Reagan tried this with Iran-Contra, having a sympathetic John Tower conduct an investigation. It only kept the issue alive.

Bush and Co. have no credibility, and a whitewash report is only going to make them look worse.