Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Talking Points

The Republican talking points for the defense of Karl Rove are up and posted on Raw Story. They’re pretty much what you’d expect them to be: they attack Joseph C. Wilson IV as a partisan and call into question his motives, they claim that Karl Rove, acting out of a sense of concern for accuracy in the media, contacted Matt Cooper of Time magazine to steer him away from writing a “false story,” and that while Mr. Wilson said that he was sent to Niger at the behest of Vice President Cheney, Mr. Cheney claims to have never met Mr. Wilson.

All of these are standard talking points fare: attack the victim, raise irrelevancies, and misdirect the focus away from the real point of the story, which is that someone very high up in the White House with top security clearance and the knowledge of who’s who and what’s what in the intelligence community leaked the name of a covert agent to the press in the person of syndicated columnist Robert Novak to exact political revenge for embarrassing the president.

One weak link is the Vice President’s claim never to have met Mr. Wilson. He may not have. But he also said during the vice presidential debate last fall with Sen. John Edwards that he had never met him before, either. It was later proved that Mr. Cheney had not only met Mr. Edwards before on two previous occasions, they had shared the dais at a prayer breakfast. So it’s anybody’s guess how many times Mr. Cheney has met anyone and remembers it.

What I’d really like to see the RNC do is to do what they do best — stand up and say, Yeah, Karl Rove leaked the name. What of it? It’s not like he got a blowjob! Moral superiority has always been their strong suit, even when they don’t have it.