Posted by: mutantpoodle | August 13, 2007

Buh-bye Tommy, Karl…

Well, in one case it’s “that didn’t take long”, and in the other, “it’s about frickin’ time.”

Tommy Thompson, – about five minutes after getting in to the presidential race – quit yesterday, after finishing 6th out of eleven candidates in the Iowa straw poll – finishing ahead of, let’s see here, two guys who didn’t show up, one guy who hasn’t entered the race, a guy no one has heard of named John Cox, and Tom Tancredo.

And Thompson is from neighboring Wisconsin!

I’d say it’s time to pack it up.

And Karl Rove – Turdblossom, to his very Christian boss, is leaving the White House on August 31st – wait for it – to spend more time with his family.

Now, Rove should have been gone once it was revealed that, in 2003, he leaked Valerie Plame’s name – after all, George Bush promised to fire anyone involved in the leak back in 2004. That promise, of course, was in response to a question from a reporter. Later, as we all found out, he reverted to his prepared text, where he merely said that the leaker would be “taken care of.”

And, as we all know, he was.

Rove is, of course, reviled by Democrats, but has lost his mojo. He completely blew the 2006 elections for the GOP, made a sinister and stupid comment on NPR about THE math that showed the GOP holding both houses of Congress (oops!), and is tied to the 50% + 1 strategy of revving up the base and the hell with the middle. That worked when the middle in politics thought George Bush was competent and were scared to move away from him, but now his 50% is around 30%, and the GOP is in big trouble. To give you a sense of how things are in the Grand Old Party, 10,000 fewer people voted in the Iowa straw poll this year than did in 2000 – about a 40% drop. Does that sound like an energized group to you?

Emptywheel (the oracle on scandals de Bush) thinks the Sheriff is coming, and there are several sheriffs to choose from:

The Abramoff Investigation

We know Rove is tied in with everyone tied in with the Abramoff inevstigattion. We know that Susan Ralston, Rove’s Assistant was closely involved–and it appears that she has been refused immunity, even though some of her testimony about Abramoff appears to be quite interesting. Novak, at least, thinks Ralston would get to Rove. So it’s possible that Rove is one of the ultimate targets of the Abramoff investigation.

The OSC Investigation<

This is easy. We know Rove is a target of the OSC investigation into the politicization of anything and everything in the entire government. We know he did, in fact, politicize anything and everything. The ultimate outcome of an OSC investigation would consist of Scott Bloch explaining that Rove did politicize anything and everything and recommending that Bush should fire him, but then to have Bush sit on that recommendation as he has with Lurita Doan. But perhaps Rove is leaving anyway, in an attempt to prevent us all from learning how closely our government resembles that of a one-party state, like maybe the old Soviet Union.

The Iglesias Investigation

But I’m most interested in the possibility that Rove is rushing out just two steps ahead of the Iglesias investigation. HJC is collecting a great deal of evidence that DOJ employees covered up the real reasons for the Iglesias firing … and that the real reason for the firing had everything to do with politicizing the judiciary. It not only has evidence that Will Moschella, Paul McNulty, and Alberto Gonzales lied about the reasons for Iglesias’ firing, it appears that Moschella, at least, is getting downright cooperative (and note, McNulty is going to be out of DOJ at almost the same time as Rove will be out of the WH).

If this is the reason Rove is quitting, it’s not just that BushCo wants him out before he’s officially indicted. After all, it’s not just Rove–but Bush, too–who was involved in firing Iglesias. So Rove may be leaving as part of a firewall approach in an attempt to save Bush. If it comes to it, Rove may admit to having Iglesias fired in an attempt to politicize the entire judiciary to hide the fact that–in this specific case, at least–but was involved in that process, too.

Well, one can only hope. Pass the popcorn.

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