14 July 2005

Father Knows Best

Even though I'm a tranquil guy now at this stage
of my life, I have nothing but contempt and anger
for those who betray the trust by exposing the
name of our sources. They are, in my view, the
most insidious, of traitors.

- George H.W. Bush (April 26, 1999)

A helpful reminder from the Los Angeles Times:

During George H.W. Bush's second presidential
campaign, Rove was fired from the campaign
team because of suspicions that he had leaked
information to columnist Robert Novak — the
same columnist who first reported Plame's CIA
role in 2003, citing anonymous administration

At the time, Bush's campaign was in trouble,
and there was concern that the president might
not even win his home state of Texas. The Novak
column described a Dallas meeting in which the
campaign's state manager, Robert Mosbacher,
was stripped of his authority because the Texas
effort was viewed as a bust.

Mosbacher complained, expressing his suspicion
that Rove was the leaker. Rove denied the charge,
but was fired nevertheless.

So what gives, Mr. President?

Joe wants to know…

Wilson: The president said in — in the middle of
2004 that he would fire anybody who was caught
leaking in this matter. Karl Rove has now been
caught. The president has said repeatedly, I am a
man of my word. The president really should stand
up and prove to the American people that his word
is his bond and fire Karl Rove.