Thursday, July 14, 2005

Mr. Rove and the Vicious Circle

The Rovian Attack Machine has achieved a level of self-referentialism that any student of post-modern literary criticism would envy.

In the ultimate expression of echo-chamber politics, the Republican National Committee is circulating a Wall Street Journal editorial from July 13th that places Karl Rove on a pedestal sharing space with such legendary whistleblowers as Daniel Ellsburg and Karen Silkwood.

It is not surprising that the RNC spinmasters would be so impressed with the editorial. They pretty much wrote the darned thing.

As pointed out here, The WSJ editorial is practically a point-by-point explication of a double super secret RNC talking points memo circulated on July 12th. The memo was leaked to The Raw Story, which dutifully made it available to the public.

Consider just a few examples of the uncanny similarities between the GOP spin sheet and the WSJ opinion piece:

RNC - "Once Again, Democrats Are Engaging In Blatant Political Attacks"

WSJ - "Democrats and most of the Beltway press corps are baying for Karl Rove's head over his role in exposing a case of CIA nepotism involving Joe Wilson and his wife, Valerie Plame."


RNC - "Karl Rove Discouraged A Reporter From Writing A False Story Based On A False Premise."

WSJ - "He's the one who told the press the truth that Mr. Wilson had been recommended for the CIA consulting gig by his wife, not by Vice President Dick Cheney as Mr. Wilson was asserting on the airwaves."


RNC - " Both The Senate Select Committee On Intelligence And The CIA Found Assessments Wilson Made In His Report Were Wrong."

WSJ - "The same bipartisan report also pointed out that the forged documents Mr. Wilson claimed to have discredited hadn't even entered intelligence channels until eight months after his trip. And it said the CIA interpreted the information he provided in his debrief as mildly supportive of the suspicion that Iraq had been seeking uranium in Niger."
And, there is more.

The willingness of professional GOP operatives and opinion makers to play a part in this kabuki nightmare is shameful.

Where is the outrage among principled, patriotic Republicans over the traitorous malevolence of Karl Rove? Do they not love their country more than they love George W. Bush?