Inside Rove's Diary: How Do I Get Out of This One?
By Bernard Weiner, The Crisis Papers
It's been one badddddddd week. But I think Scooter and I and the others probably
can finesse our way out of indictments for the Plame leak. However, Fitzgerald
-- one of our guys! -- must have forgotten who butters his U.S. Attorney's bread
as he seems hell-bent on charging fellow Republicans with some crime or another.
Looks like our vulnerability will be with what we said, or didn't say, in the
early days of Fitz's investigation -- with perjury and/or obstruction charges
possible. That damn memo circulating around Air Force One, with Plame's I.D. in
it, sure has turned out to be a big problem.
Given who appointed Fitzgerald, our usual "it's-all-partisan-politics"
mantra might not work. Won't stop us from trying it anyway. I use the tools I
know how to use. Time to get creative here.
HOW THIS MIGHT PLAY OUT
As I see it, there are four possible scenarios:
1. We play the stretch-the-calendar game for as long as we can, hopefully until
after the midterm election next year -- unless we can get the GOP-controlled
Congress not to extend Fitzgerald's tenure after October, or make him real
nervous by starting a Congressional investigation of his work. If no luck with
either of those strategems, we can hope that Fitz takes his investigation into
2006, and we delay and delay and file court cases and appeals.
In other words, get clear of any possibility of a Democrat-controlled House; if
that were to happen, our enemies would have subpoena power and thus we'd be back
in the perjury hole again. If we keep the House in 2006 (Note to Myself: Time to
give Wally a call over at Diebold), the GOP still will be in control; we spin
like crazy and hope to outlast those unpatriotic bastards who are out for our
Sure wish we had a better attack dog than Ken Mehlman; everyone knows he's lying
the minute he opens his mouth, and then when he talks, it only gets worse.
2. If we do get indicted and the case against us is strong, we fall on our
swords -- admit it was us underlings behind the whole thing, we feel terrible,
our deep devotion to country and freedom clouded our blahblahblahblah -- and
protect Bush and Cheney at all costs. They knew nothing. If we have to, we
resign. Take some of the heat off. (And if I'm no longer in the White House? Big
deal. I direct the show from K Street.)
3. If Judith Miller decides to barter testimony for immunity, we're deeper in
the doo-doo. At the least, she's a co-conspirator and can spill a lot of beans,
not just about Plame. She knows where too many bodies are buried on the WMD
front, and other foreign/war-policy hot potatoes. Of course, we know where her
bodies are buried also, so she won't rat us out. Same with the Prez, but he
won't cut me loose because nobody can do what I do for him. Think, for one.
4. If worse comes to worst, and if we can keep any criminal and impeachment
liability away from The President, he pardons all of us pre-emptively -- that
is, before we get indicted, or, if it's too late for that, before we have to
take the Fifth in order to avoid giving depositions. If we have to plead the
Fifth, I may just want to drink one.
(There's precedent for pre-emptive pardons. President Bush#1 gave out free
passes during Iran-Contra, pardoning those who could talk and maybe implicate
him, before they even were charged. Yeah, maybe it looked suspicious, but it cut
off any further criminal investigation at the knees.)
A FAMILIAR ODOR IN THE AIR
This is starting to smell too much like Watergate, in the number of good
Americans that possibly could get ensnared in the prosecutor's investigative
web. Me, Scooter, Bush, Cheney, Condi, Hadley, Ari, Bolton, Gonzales, Rumsfeld,
Wolfowitz, Abrams, Feith, Perle, Hughes, Tenet, Negropointe, et al., not to
mention a whole slew of reporters and lower-type aides -- all of whom have done
good work for us.
(We sure did piss off a lot of CIA agents when we blamed the agency for the
intel that took us to war, and then when we outed one of their colleagues; they
leaked all over us like a golden shower. Thank goodness they're ex-CIA agents
now, and Boss Goss is purging the rest of those we can't count on to keep their
We need to move expeditiously on Roberts' nomination to the Supreme Court. No
doubt, a lot of these criminal issues are going to come to the Supremes for
adjudication, and, with that wishy-washy O'Connor gone and Roberts in her place,
we probably can squeak by. He's a good little boy, who knows all about bread and
butter. (And, if we're lucky, Rehnquist will die soon, and we get to appoint
another sure-fire supporter.)
But as a result of our current difficulties, the Democrats and the journalistic
sharks are circling. They smell blood and realize we're wounded and thus
vulnerable. Even the New York Times and Washington Post are starting to pile on
with front-page stories, along with the TV networks going big.
The ingrates! We knew reporters would sell their souls to the Scoop-Devil on a
big story, but we counted on editors and news directors to subvert their efforts
-- or to chop or water-down or bury their stories way back in the paper or
toward the middle of the daily newscasts.
We thought by quickly moving up the Roberts' nomination by a few weeks, we could
knock the leak story out of the daily news cycle, but, damn, by and large
they're doing both Roberts and Plame! Roberts secrets, Plame secrets, scandals
all over the lot -- we're dyin' here!
It will be payback time when all this quiets down, and rest assured that all
those political and journalist traitors are going to wish they had never been
PROBE STOPS WITH PLAME, PERIOD.
I hope Fitz understands that this matter stops at Plame. No ifs, ands or buts.
We don't want him digging into the WMD fibs, manipulations and suspicious
documents that got us into Iraq. If that war and its origins blow up in our
faces politically, years of work go down the tubes, and America will have lost
our one big opportunity to lock up the oil and use Iraq's violent fate as a
warning to those other Arab autocrats over there that they'd better do what we
If we Republicans go down, it'll open the floodgates for those namby-pamby
liberals and their fellow-travelers to regain political power and start
reversing so many of our initiatives. Over my dead body!
Domestically, we're already taking big poll losses on the WMD and Iraq
disasters; the latest numbers are plummeting southwards, especially on the war
and the issues of trust and truthfulness -- and we don't need that with all the
fudging we're doing here on the Plame question.
And we definitely don't want Fitz probing into Jeff-Gannon, how and why he was
given key interviews and scoops, his Plame-story connection, and who supplied
him overnight passes into the White House. Any one of those, especially the
passes, could be more than just embarrassing; if provable allegations along
those lines were thrown into this scandal soup, we'd really be done for, as the
religious types would abandon us in droves.
THE PESKY "THIRD-RATE" PROBLEM
If we can't stanch the bleeding soon, the vague rumblings about the
"I" word are going to be coming out in the open. The Dems, of course,
already are salivating at the prospect of impeachment hearings in the House, and
even some disgruntled conservative Republicans are starting to whisper about the
Sure do understand now how Nixon felt after that humongous landslide in '72 for
his second term and then a "third-rate" burglary led to likely
impeachment and the resignation that followed. We were riding so high after our
2004 second-term victory, and nobody paid any attention to the charges of
vote-counting irregularities. It looked like we couldn't be stopped.
And now this -- it's not fair. A third-rate leak and here we go again.#
Bernard Weiner has peeked into many diaries of political leaders ( www.crisispapers.org/weinerpub
s.htm#diaries ) -- including those of Bush, Cheney, Powell, Rumsfeld, Osama
bin Laden, Saddam Hussein and others. He was a writer/editor with the San
Francisco Chronicle for 19 years, and currently co-edits The Crisis Papers (www.crisispapers.org).
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Originally published by The Crisis Papers and Democratic Underground 7/26/05
Copyright 2005 by Bernard Weiner