The Real Issue is the Integrity of the Oval Office has been Tarnished:At this juncture I'm not all that concerned with who thinks what concerning Lewis Libby, (Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff) indictment. Too many are too quick to jump the gun, and it always just boils down to partisan politics.
Like prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald said during his press conference today, the confidentiality of the Grand Jury has to be adhered or even he could go to jail. It's going to take time before details come out and any conjecture at this time only sells the news and keeps bloggers busy - i.e. innocence until proven guilty is the rule of law.
Having said that, I will also say there is something else called Murphy's law that states where there's smoke there's fire. So whether or not the burden of proof will eventually convict the accused, or if they will squeak through, only time will tell.
However, that is all secondary to the larger issue. And that is the Republican's ousted Clinton on a platform that was supposed to bring integrity back to the Oval Office. So recent events must be of great concern to Bush as well as the American people, no matter which party you are beholding to.
Side note: Have you ever noticed that stuff like this usually happens during a president's second tenure? I've come to the conclusion that after a lengthy term in office, politicians eventually become drunk with power, arrogant, sloppy and cut corners, convincing themselves of their own press and immortality. It seems to be a cycle that happens all the time and very few are immune to.
Is Rove off the Hook?What is also important to note is that there was no announcement about Rove. Clearly the implication is the investigation has run out of steam and Karl may be the hook.
As we watch the proceedings unfold we should not forget there's much more going here than meets the eye. Special prosecutors are looking to make a name for themselves with their five minutes of fame. Angry Democrats are looking for any and every opportunity to take down Bush. Political hacks rest on the fifth and attempt to cover their ass. Spin doctors, agenda-driven investigators and news anchors, so on and so forth.
The real issue is the office of the president has been tarnished. Perhaps we will have to wait for the movie to come out before we can ever know what is really going on. I hear that Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman are interested.
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