Now I know that is news to most of you, but the liberals are certain of this. The story crossed OUR wires courtesy of Howling Latina, who on Friday reported that Rove had informed the White House that he was going to be indicted. And Chris Matthews reported it would happen Friday. But when Friday came and went, Howling Latina was there to explain -- Karl had already been indicted.
This was followed by reports that Rove had been given "24 hours" to "get his affairs in order". So by Saturday Night we'd know if this was true. But Saturday came and went with no announcement. So on Sunday, those wacky folks at Democratic Underground had a new explanation -- the 24 hours were "business hours", which meant it wouldn't be announced until TUESDAY.
Meanwhile, someone decided it'd be a lot easier on the rest of us if they got some actual facts. Leave it to Byron York, who talked to Rove defense spokesman Mark Corallo. From The Corner at National Review:
Did Patrick Fitzgerald come to Patton Boggs for 15 hours Friday?No.
Did he come to Patton Boggs for any period of time Friday?No.
Did he meet anywhere else with Karl Rove's representatives?No.
Did he communicate in any way with Karl Rove's representatives?No.
Did he inform Rove or Rove's representatives that Rove had been indicted?No.
In other words, the salient "facts" from Leopold's Truthout article seem to be, well, not entirely truthful -- it's like someone took the truth out of his article, and replaced it with Howard Dean's wish list.
Rove could well be indicted at any time -- after Libby's indictment, anything's possible. But if he is, it seems Truthout will only be right by shear luck, not by any great investigative reporting.
The funny thing is how quick the left was to believe this, when not a SINGLE reporter from a major news outlet was confirming the story all weekend. The idea that Fitzgerald could dissappear for 15 hours on Friday when people were expecting indictments, and no reporter would have any idea what happened to him, always seemed a bit absurd.
And what is sad is how happy this news seems to have made them. They can't be pleased with anything substantive happening in the world, but they take great pleasure in the misfortune of another, even though a Rove indictment for false statements would not feed a single hungry child, or do anything for any of the causes they supposedly hold dear.
It would, however, help them on their way to regaining power. Whether you want people in power who fall for every irrational story that comes along, you'll have to decide that come election day.