How lucky for George Bush that his well-timed nomination of Judge Roberts to the Supreme Court has taken the heat off of Karl Rove. Let’s hope that the press does not forget about Mr. Rove and the White House’s role in the leak of undercover CIA agent Valerie Plame’s identity. The Fitzgerald investigation and the Rove story are too important to stay off the front page. Not only does it reveal the truly secretive and subversive nature of this administration, but it exposes the major National Security implications of disclosing the identity of a covert intelligence officer. In addition, the story demonstrates the serious lengths the administration went to in order to squelch and unfairly discredit those that undercut their rationale for the Iraq war.
A Supreme Court nominee should not distract the country from the growing credibility problem at the White House. Journalists need to continue to launch hardball questions to press secretary Scott McClellan during White House press briefings. And the media, Democrats and the country should demand that President Bush show some leadership and hold accountable those responsible for this major breach in security. Let’s hope that the media does not take the bait as the President continues to do everything in his power to shift the spotlight away from Karl Rove. We’ll be watchinga