With the widespread speculation that indictments in the Plamegate ‘scandal’ will be handed out this week, Tom Maguire at Just One Minute (who has been a blogging machine on this issue) does some speculating of his own as to what he thinks is going to come of Fitzgerald’s investigation in terms of the actual charges, who walks, etc. Good reading this morning.
My own speculation, which I posted in part at Blogs For Bush last night:
Widespread speculation in the blogosphere and op/ed pages is that we likely won’t see indictments handed down for any charges relating to deliberately outing a covert agent, but instead possibly perjury, obstruction of justice, or charges that administration officials were discussing classified info with people who weren’t authorized to hear it. Time will tell, but one thing for sure is that, assuming indictments are handed this week, even if they have nothing to do with charging Rove or Libby with deliberately outing a covert agent, the left will still be hopping with glee over any indictment they can get their hands on , while ignoring that all along their “big worry” was that ‘someone in the admin deliberately set out to destroy a covert agent!’ – which more and more doesn’t seem to be the case. What they really wanted was something, anything to tie to Rove or Libby – even if it didn’t have to do with a deliberate outing of Valerie Plame.
If there was any ‘crime’ here, it doesn’t appear that it was related to any discussions about Plame with reporters, but who in the admin found out what and when, and what they said when testifying about it before grand jury. With that in mind, and assuming there was some attempt at a coverup and indictments are handed out from that, I’m sure that still won’t stop the left’s steady drumbeat that Rove or Libby “deliberately” outed a covert CIA agent, which is a very serious charge – and they know it. But in some circles, perception is reality.
Michael Barone earlier this week wrote a good piece that talked about the repercussions that could come from the (possible) indictments (which I discussed briefly here). This may be a case of “be careful what you ask for, you just might get it” for the left.