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Ever since I read that unbelievabe account about Karl and Donna being buddies I wondered about the extent of their deal. Now, we finally figured it all, the quid and the pro quo.

When Rove first claimed executive privilesge to weasel out of testifying in front of congress, no one bought it – not even Bush or Karl himself.

Now however, stalling produced a good result: he finally found a believer

The Obama White House is not challenging whether a valid claim of “executive privilege” can keep former presidential advisor Karl Rove from testifying in the matter of the U.S. Attorney firings during the Bush Administration.

To those of you who expected justice or are now muttering “rule of law”, Obama wants you to know that

Pres. Obama is “very sympathetic to those who want to find out what happened.”

But priorities are priorities and

“He is also mindful as president of the United States not to do anything that would undermine or weaken the institution of the presidency,”

OK? Justice, schmustice! He can’t risk some day one of his people being asked to deliver the goods on him!

Plus, you know, dancing with those that brung him….

I can’t wait to see the reaction to this. Back in 2007, when Bush did it, Leahy said it was

“a shame that this White House continues to act as if it is above the law.”“Why is the White House working so hard to hide Karl Rove’s involvement?” Leahy said in a statement Wednesday.

The legal community concurred

“To my knowledge, these [letters] are unprecedented,” said Peter Shane, an Ohio State University law professor who specializes in executive-privilege issues. “I’m aware of no sitting president that has tried to give an insurance policy to a former employee in regard to post-administration testimony.” Shane likened the letter to Rove as an attempt to give his former aide a ‘get-out-of-contempt-free card’.”

But Wall Street Journal who seems to have Obama’s number  predicted this a few weeks ago

You’d think that hope and  change meant putting an end to these abuses. Instead we get

Craig says Pres. Obama “is urging” Rove and the House Judiciary Committee to settle the matter of privilege and testimony on their own

As Judy Tenuta would say “It could happen”

Me. I still relish my fantasies before the 2008 GOP engineered election. One looked like this

rove-bush-jail-ani.gif picture by Robbedvoter

I wonder how many people even remember it. I remember Hillary having promissed during the campaign that she would restore the presidency to its constitutional levels. It was notable mostly because of the deafening silence from the other candidate. But his friends would say :

“at least he didn’t lie”


And Karl is being grateful

In today’s WSJ Karl Rove gives us a preview of what is likely to be the media narrative for the next few weeks:

Not Your Sweetie

February 2009