An angry President Bush rebuked chief political guru Karl Rove two years ago for his role in the Valerie Plame affair, sources told the Daily News. "He made his displeasure known to Karl," a presidential counselor told The News. "He made his life miserable about this."
This is just too convenient. I'm not entirely surprised that Pinocchio would be throwing Gepetto overboard. So the fact that this story is being leaked does not surprise me. It does bear the mark of a Rove plant, which is a bit confusing, but his minions must have learned something over the years. And asking (or making) a tainted underling fall on his sword is SOP inside a corrupt enterprise under attack.
The part I don't buy is the idea that Bush wagged a finger at Rove for his tactics. Bush has never shown any sign of ethical or legal compunctions about any of Rove's gutter tactics. And I simply refuse to believe, in the context of all the other ways in which Bush has trashed the CIA and sent thousands of people to pointless deaths, that the outing of a CIA operative was any different.
Bush is too dense to appreciate the subtleties, but I think he does understand that dirty tricks are how the Architect got him where he is. So my bet is that, if they discussed the Plame leak at all, they both had a good chuckle about it back in 2003.
And how useful do they really think this story is going to be? If Bush knew about this from the git go, at the very least he admits that his whole posture has been a sham. At worst, he admits complicity in a coverup.
Update: Josh Marshall is all over it.