Rove had this to say at a Republican fundraiser tonight:
It came as Republicans began a new effort to use last week's events to turn the war to their political advantage after months of anxiety, and to sharpen attacks against Democrats. On Monday night, the president's top political strategist, Karl Rove, told supporters in New Hampshire that if the Democrats had their way, Iraq would fall to terrorists and Abu Musab al-Zarqawi would not have been killed.Rove kicked off the Republican election strategy with this speech. But that's not all that this speech tells us.
"When it gets tough, and when it gets difficult, they fall back on that party's old pattern of cutting and running," Mr. Rove said at a state Republican Party gathering in Manchester.
Something has happened in Fitzgerald's Plame investigation, and Rove knows that he's not going to be indicted.
Don't ask me how I know; it's just a guess. A hunch. But if it's true, Rove and the White House have known at least as long as last week that Rove isn't (nor is anyone else) going to be indicted in the Plame investigation. And it's what caused the order to kill Zarqawi, organize a meet-up at Camp David and stage a photo op of Bush’s Cabinet, and package it all as ”the New and Improved Iraq War.”
It's vintage-Rove, and he wouldn’t have rolled it out if he was sitting on pins and needles waiting for Fitzgerald to lower the boom. He wouldn't have kicked it off if he was going to have to spend the next few months with his lawyers, trying to keep his ass out of prison.
Son of a bitch.
[*Explained in a future post.]
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