Wednesday, July 6, 2005

Conyers to Bush – Give Up Karl

From Raw Story:

The following letter, drafted by Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), was issued to other House Democrats for signature this afternoon, and obtained by RAW STORY.

Conyers, the ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, calls on Bush adviser Karl Rove to explain his role in the outing of a CIA agent or resign his office.

“We write in order to urge that you require your Deputy White House Chief of Staff, Karl Rove, to either come forward immediately to explain his role in the Valerie Plame matter or to resign from your Administration,” the veteran Democrat writes. “High-ranking members of your Administration who are involved in any effort to smear a private citizen or to disseminate information regarding a CIA operative should be expected to meet a far higher standard of ethical behavior and forthrightness.”

Read the letter. It’s very businesslike, cogent, and sure to get dismissed by the White House and the right-wing punditry as just more ravings from the loony left. Expect them to portray Mr. Conyers as the Democrats’ version of Dan Burton. Expect them to say that Mr. Bush has complete confidence in Mr. Rove and that all of this talk is just old news being ginned up by the partisans on the left to weaken the president. Expect them to do everything except address the questions in the letter. And when they’re called on that — the non-answer answers — expect them to change the subject. 9/11!