First, let’s get the obvious out of the way: the media explosion about Karl Rove’s involvement with the Valerie Plame outing isn’t about some sort of justice. Karl Rove has been effective, the liberals want to take him down. They found something they think will stick.
First of all, I don’t think a crime was ever committed in the first place. Valerie Plame wasn’t an undercover CIA agent; she held a desk job. Her husband published her name in a “Who’s Who” in 2002. She wasn’t secret, she wasn’t in danger if her name became public.
The New York Times pushed for a special prosecutor and it backfired on them, with Judith Miller in jail for refusing to divulge her source. (I think it’s a travesty of justice she’s in jail; I think she shouldn’t have to reveal her source.) But Judith has a release from her source and she could reveal it if she wanted. So the reporter is being persecuted for a non-existent crime.
And Rove apparently didn’t out Valerie Plame, anyway, just pointed out that Joseph Wilson was getting his bogus information with the help of “his wife.”
So Rove’s being hounded for not outing the not-secret name of a non-secret CIA desk jockey in a non-existent crime.
What do most Americans think about all this? Not a thing.
So the media can rant all they want, but days when we are at war in Iraq, terrorists are bombing Londoners on the way to work, North Korea and Iran are inches away from getting nuclear bombs, and it’s summer and vacation time, I don’t think most people outside the Beltway and the political blogosphere care one jot about Karl Rove.
Nope. Not me, either.