First the bad news – New reports indicate that Karl Rove’s attorney claims to have received a letter from Patrick Fitzgerald indicating that Rove will not be indicted in the Plame case. Several of the top experts in the blogosphere weigh in on the importance of this statement here, here and here. In short, the most likely explanation is that Rove has cut a deal that will benefit Fitzgerald’s case against Scooter Libby or someone else (cough, Cheney, cough!)
Now the good news - This recent study shows that coffee may protect the liver from alcohol! I realize that this is entirely unrelated to the Rove announcement, but it’s nice to know that my drink of choice while scouring the web for news of the Plame case and other Bush administration scandals may be protecting me from my drink of choice while trying to forget how much they piss me off!
And another bit of good news – this one Rove related. A statement by Joseph Wilson’s attorney indicates that Fitzgerald’s criminal investigation may only be the first hurdle for Rove, suggesting that a civil lawsuit could follow.
While it appears that Mr. Rove will not be called to answer in criminal court for his participation in the wrongful disclosure of Valerie Wilson's classified employment status at the CIA in retaliation against Joe Wilson for questioning the rationale for war in Iraq, that obviously does not end the matter. The day still may come when Mr. Rove and others are called to account in a court of law for their attacks on the Wilsons.Perhaps when it’s all over, Karl will end up following in the footsteps of O.J. Simpson - all the way to getting his own TV reality show (tentative working title – The Apparatchik!)