All the President’s Men and Women
If I didn’t love puzzles and mysteries so much, I would long ago have been bored stiff by the snail’s pace of the Plame investigation. I am sick and tired of people like Novak, Cooper, Miller and Woodward stalling, hiding and protecting the WH and themselves. They’ve thrown much more sand in the eyes of the public than Libby threw at Fitzgerald. And the latest known developments add more sand.
I have no idea who Viveca Novak of “Time” is, but she sounds like another MSM piece of work. Since when has it been the job of reporters to pass information to the attorney for a “person of interest” in an on-going investigation? Where was she getting the information to pass along? Was she working with Cooper? Do these people attend and/or learn anything in J School?
Then there’s that smug, moralistic twit Woodward. Coasting for three decades on a reputation that he never deserved. What poetic justice that his fall would come for trying to protect an administration far more corrupt than Nixon’s (not because Nixon was better, only that his team hadn’t honed their corruption skills as well as Team Bush has). Woodward describing Fitzgerald as a “junkyard dog” is simply too rich.
I’m not interested in speculating about Woodward‘s source. Fitzgerald knows who it is and at some point we’ll all know. My guess about why he surfaced after Fitzgerald had essentially completed his investigation is that Rove offered Woodward’s source as part of Rove’s negotiations with Fitzgerald to avoid any charges. It goes to completing a storyline that Plame’s identity was well known in the WH, not considered a big deal and had been passed on to the media long before Karl became involved. It could also be part of a WH effort to minimize Libby’s involvement (unfortunately, it does nothing to mitigate what he has been charged with). Where this does get a bit strange is on the issue of the releases Woodward got before he testified.
Woodward’s source was the one that told the prosecutor that he had shared it with Woodward. And Woodward still needed a release? More interesting is that Woodward didn’t get a release from just one person, his source, but two other people as well. If he had only talked with one WH official about this, why did he need releases from two other WH officials? Clearly such releases would not have been needed. Therefore, we can conclude that he had conversations about this with not one but three WH officials. Yes sirree, that’s exactly what a reporter does with a meaningless piece of gossip -- triple source it. Keep it a secret for the day when it was no threat to anyone and could be used in another crappy book.
I would like to fantasize that these latest developments have taken Fitzgerald closer to bringing charges for the outing of Plame and that it takes him higher up the chain of command than Libby. But I can’t. He’s not comfortable using circumstantial evidence and logic to demonstrate intent. (By his standards, a lot of murder indictments would only be limited to manslaughter if not passed on entirely.) He’s not comfortable with indictments that are much less than a slam dunk for conviction. This man will never have a wrongful conviction on his record which is a good thing. OTOH, his standards will likely mean that Rove will escape indictment. Dogged and determined prosecutor, yes. But no prosecutor could be less of a “junkyard dog” than Fitzgerald.
So, why would Woodward have used that term? He’s no Ann Coulter completely at home spewing invectives. Lawrence O’Donnell in an interview shortly after Libby was indicted shared his fantasy about the main players. Paraphrased it went like this: Libby is a wealthy man from a wealthy family. Fitzgerald’s father could easily have been the doorman at the Libby family’s posh NYC apartment building. How would Libby have described the son of a servant investigating and getting close to indicting him for crimes he knew he had committed? Something like a “junkyard dog?” Did Woodward get a memo and follow orders not to keep this one a secret? Or did he come up with this all on his own while everybody else was describing Fitzgerald as most professional, ethical and hard working?
Tina Brown can defend Woodward all she wants, but for me, he will remain Steno Bob or Woody the WH Whore.