Tucked near the bottom of the Washington Post's "Swagger" story was this illuminating paragraph which really deserves its own post:
In a series of private conversations over the past few months, aides began second-guessing how they handled the Social Security debate, managed the public perception of the Iraq war and, most recently, the response to Katrina. The federal CIA leak investigation, which has forced Deputy White House Chief of Staff Karl Rove and others to testify before a grand jury, seemed to distract officials and left a general feeling of unease, two aides said. Aides were calling reporters to find out what was happening with Rove and the investigation. "Nobody knows what's going to happen with the probe," one senior aide said.They don't know what's going to happen. But, the WH staff all know that Rove was the leaker. That's what's causing their unease. They were all part of his smear campaign against an undercover CIA agent.
Rove put politics above national security. He should have been fired already. And Karl Rove can swagger his ass to jail.