July 19, 2005


I have steered clear of the Plame-Wilson-Novak-Rove story (called "Nadagate" by NR's Ramesh Ponnuru) up to this point, mostly because the amount of press it has received is way over the top, and because anyone who has read much of anything about Joe Wilson and the Niger trip over the last two years knows that his credibility is lower than a snake's ass in a wagon rut. I thought that this was pretty much beyond dispute. Besides, there's a special counsel investigating the matter, and the incriminating fingers that matter have yet to be pointed at anyone.

But since Rove's involvement, consisting of his warning a reporter that Wilson had credibility problems, has become the Democrats' best available club with which to beat the Bush administration over the head, and media organs like Time magazine are cooperating so nicely in the dance, it's important to review some facts, dates, quotes and history.

A series of posts at The Corner yesterday provides some review for starters. So review the items there by John Podhoretz, Cliff May, and these observations from a reader.

Then read Andrew C. McCarthy's article, and Mark Levin's contribution, and you'll be up to speed with the single-handed National Review dismantling of the case against Karl Rove.

And finally, Edward Morrissey examines the double standard applied to administration whistle-blowers by the media, depending of course on whose ox is being gored.

UPDATE 7/23: Ben Johnson of FPM does some dismantling of his own of the Plame-Wilson case.

Posted by dan at July 19, 2005 11:31 PM