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July 14, 2005

Pressure

-- by Dave Johnson

Here is what I think the Rove thing will come down to: Is Patrick Fitzgerald, U.S. Attorney for northern Illinois, the special prosecutor investigating the Plame leak, able to withstand the kind of intense pressure and character assassination that will be applied to him?

If Karl Rove is known for anything, it is what happens to people who go against him. Remember the Rove quote, "We will fuck him. Do you hear me? We will fuck him. We will ruin him. Like no one has ever fucked him!"

Everyone understands this, right down to obscure candidates in "backwater" states. From an AP story today: "I think he should resign," said Jim Holt, a GOP state senator from Arkansas who is running for lieutenant governor. He joked, "I hope Karl Rove doesn't come gunning for me."

People nervously joke about this, but it is not a joking matter. Ask Joe Wilson, Plame's husband and the current target of a Rove smear campaign. Rove said of Wilson, "Get him!" and the ENTIRE Republican smear machine went into operation. Senators, Congressmen, The Republican Party, TV anchors, newspapers, and the entire AM radio band but for Air America went into full-time operation smearing one person.

Here's the clue: Rove "burned" a CIA agent working to keep WMDs out of the hands of terrorists during a war against those terrorists, and you can't find a single Washington Republican willing to say that was wrong. That is beyond just cultish ideological loyalty, that is pure fear.

Posted by Dave Johnson at July 14, 2005 8:41 AM

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Though Machiavelli actually preferred a republic as the best form of government, he recommended that for princes, fear is a better source of loyalty than gratitude.

Posted by: Bribes at July 14, 2005 2:26 PM

There is strength in numbers -- despite being evil incarnate and having the vast resources of the White House at his disposal, Rove cannot prevail if Democrats, moderate Republicans and the enlightened public all face up to him and stand with Joe Wilson. We cannot allow Wilson to do this alone.

Posted by: boudicca at July 14, 2005 4:48 PM


Joe Wilson for President

Proven track record to standing up to the
scariest powers in the world.

Would instantly restore credibility to
the USA in the eyes of the world.

Valerie would way out class any other first
lady back to Jackie K.

Posted by: ardyjay at July 14, 2005 7:12 PM

Karl Rove is a student of Hitler. Most of all his material and dirty tricks come from Mein Kampf. Just read Chapter 6 War Propaganda, and you can see what I mean.

Posted by: DemocracyWon at July 14, 2005 7:27 PM

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