Saturday, May 13, 2006


I think I hear the fat lady warming up in the wings. From Truthout:

Within the last week, Karl Rove told President Bush and Chief of Staff Joshua Bolten, as well as a few other high level administration officials, that he will be indicted in the CIA leak case and will immediately resign his White House job when the special counsel publicly announces the charges against him, according to sources.

Details of Rove’s discussions with the president and Bolten have spread through the corridors of the White House where low-level staffers and senior officials were trying to determine how the indictment would impact an administration that has been mired in a number of high-profile political scandals for nearly a year, said a half-dozen White House aides and two senior officials who work at the Republican National Committee.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, sources confirmed Rove’s indictment is imminent. These individuals requested anonymity saying they were not authorized to speak publicly about Rove’s situation. A spokesman in the White House press office said they would not comment on “wildly speculative rumors.”

I know a lot of folks who would see the indictment and resignation of Karl Rove as the equivalent of Frodo throwing the Ring into the Crack of Doom; the act that finally brings down the Bush administration and renders what remains into nothing but an empty shell, at least in terms of being a political force, and it would inalterably change the dynamics of the 2006 mid-term elections. But two things have to happen before that can really come true: Rove has to actually be indicted and removed, and the Feds have to take away his BlackBerry. The first step would demoralize the White House political operation to the point that they are left to wander on their own under the hand of someone like Ken Mehlman, who has heretofore proven to be such an ineffective — some would say lightweight — politico that he was given the figurehead post at the RNC to keep him out of the real position of power. As for the BlackBerry, as long as Mr. Rove is able to communicate with the outside world, he will still be able to do some sort of behind-the scenes work. A lot of mob business has been run out of Sing Sing.

Keep workin’ those scales, baby; your cue is about to be called.