Leftists are still complaining about Karl Rove’s ‘leak.’ They are indignant that Valerie Plame’s identity should have been revealed. Some, such as John Kerry, call for Rove’s resignation; others, such as CNN columnist Anthony Sebok, call for Plame to sue Rove; still others seem to think he should be shot for his “treasonous act.” Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid has called for legislation stripping Rove of his security clearance; House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has called for Rove to be fired.
All of these anti-Rovists may be embarrassed (though I doubt it) to learn that new grand jury testimony indicates that the Plame leak actually occurred in “reverse”– that Rove learned about Plame from Novak. (Which of course would mean that Democratic “fire Rove” hype has been off the mark.)
Despite this point, and despite the fact that Plame has not been undercover oversees for more than five years (which removes any legal possibility of a crime’s having been committed) the liberal outrage, which popped up only after Rove was connected to the story, is inexhaustible.
This outrage seems stranger still in light of the fact that the aforementioned Senator John Kerry is himself guilty of outing CIA Agent Fulton Armstrong several weeks ago at a confirmation hearing for UN Ambassador Nominee John Bolton.
The CIA had asked that the agent’s name be withheld, but that did not stop Kerry from inserting it into a question to
Kerry defended his gaffe by claiming that Armstrong’s name “had already been in the press” – like Valerie Plame’s?
The leftist reaction to the leak is important because it tells us more about the left. Liberals are selectively outraged. They don’t really care about the national security implications in either case (which are likely to be slight). They do care about Karl Rove. They recognize him as one of the top thinkers inside the Beltway, and many believe he is responsible for getting Bush elected.
Above all, Liberals make their classic mistake of taking the American people for dummies. When Senator Schumer or Senator Durbin gets in front the cameras once again for another world-shaking press conference, he actually believes that he is being taken seriously. This leads to Leftist self-righteous pseudo-patriotic pontification.
If either Rove or Kerry is guilty of anything, it is a simple mistake. Nevertheless, if the Democrats want to remain credible, they should assume that Kerry is guilty right off the bat – as they believe Rove is – and demand his resignation. I don’t think they will make that effort, though, which makes them increasingly the party that brings laughter into millions of households on a daily basis.