First I should have added that Lawrence O'Donnell said that since Chimpy said he wanted to find out who leaked Plame's identity (which is a criminal offense) a special prosecutor was selected to find the culprit, O'Donnell concluded that Rove would have to resign. Some of us recognize that this isn't the first time Chimpy has been dishonest with us and so "anonymous" was skeptical that Rove would resign. Here's the rant:
Oh I seriously doubt this. No, no, I don't mean that Rove outted Plame. I mean, that he'll have to resign. Nobody cares. Besides, what's the big deal?
If everyone in power was "away" on the morning of 9/11, so what? And so what if the Air Force was in standdown w/o Rumsfeld's "I'm-the-only-person-with-authority order" to scramble jets under his new rules enacted in June '01. Nothing fishy about that.
And God, so 3,000 people died the morning of 9/11 because a presidential daily briefing bulletin went ignored the previous month. And agent's field intelligence reports presaging the attacks were stifled at Hqs. in D.C.
If a person were suspicious...but, nah, that's too pernicious to consider. Besides, what's the big deal?
Or Bush continuing to read "My Pet Goat" after the second plane hit the second tower. Cheney mysteriously "scarce" somewhere in the capital that morning. What's the big deal with that?
And what of the alleged cell phone calls from firefighters inside the WTC saying the bldg. had been rigged with explosives which were being detonated, but our gov't investigating 9/11 didn't bother to ask. Or WTC bldg. 7 being demolished later that day when it wasn't even hit? Who cares?
Never mind the rubbble was carted off to India with expedience. And there was no outrage at all the Saudis allowed to leave the country right after 9/11 while the rest of us were 'grounded' for three days.
Or, that Bush demanded of Richard Clarke evidence linking Saddam and Iraq to 9/11 on 9/12. Nobody sees that as any sign intel would be cooked to lie us into war and, even if it was, that's no big cause for alarm. Nor is all the wasted lives because of the lies. What's the big deal?
And so what if Bush couldn't answer senator's questions about 9/11 and wouldn't appear if he had to testify under oath and without Cheney holding his hand during his testimony? That was nothing.
And you gotta love the creative "financing" of the Iraq war, the cost of which is not included in the annual budget. It's not like "real money" but play dough instead.Big deal.
And where's the outrage in the increased mercury in the water, crap in our lungs because industry just can't afford pollution controls? Or how many years you have to wait to bring Enron and Ken Lay to trial after stealing billions from California consumers, Enron investors, Enron employees? It's just no big deal.
Or, what about the pharmaceutical Medicare bill the White House hid the true cost of by nearly $150 billion from our own congress to get it passed. Or the torture in detainee prisons by a few rogue national guardsmen No one in government's responsible for that even though the Gitmo commander was ordered by "someone" to Abu Ghraib to install similar torture tactics there. That's nothing.
And what about Rumsfeld still heading the Defense Dept. after numerous public examples of his ineptitude. He's still the best man for the job apparently.
Or those wonderful senators who could not nor would not sponsor the lynching bill, nor allow a person by person count of the floor vote. That's okay.
Well, I know there are SOME examples over the past 4 and 1/2 years of seemingly outrageous behavior and actions by our government, but I can't think of any right now. But the point being, they're just no big deal.
So I don't expect Rove's job is in any real danger just because he put a CIA agent and other's lives at risk (didn't someone actually die?) out of vindictiveness. Besides, I'm sure he's really not responsible for such a traitorous act. In Washington, nobody's responsible for anything.
It's just good compassionate conservatism.