While it is fair to characterize the over-the-top hysteria from some quarters on the left regarding Rove as, well, over-the-top hysteria, some perspective should be offered. If it turns out that someone in this administration really did ‘out’ an agent, I want their head on a platter. That it might have been done for petty political revenge just makes it even more odious. However, I am willing to wait on the results of the Fitzgerald investigation (even thought I have stated repeatedly that I wish he would wrap it up and give us the damned results).
But, it is worth examining- What if this had happened during the Clinton administration? What if it was Paul Begala or someone like him who was accused of outing a CIA agent? What would the right be doing?
If your answer is anything other than what the left is doing, only louder, you are fooling yourselves. Rush Limbaugh would have talked about nothing else for 3 years, and unlike 2004, this WOULD have been the chief issue of the election. G. Gordon Liddy would be having fund-raisers to erect a hangman’s scaffold on the White House lawn. The legal ‘analysts’ at NRO would be claiming that the statutes currently being applied to the case are inadequate, and that we should be looking at charges of treason and the application of the Federal death penalty.
Tom DeLay would go to the floor of the House and claim that Democrats can’t be trusted with national security issues, and then he would try to change the House Rules so Democrats could not sit on security related committees. Rick Santorum would be claiming that this is the inevitable result from a liberal anti-war culture. Newt Gingrich would be calling for a revocation of the security clearance of not only every Democrat in public service, but the children of Democrats.
And the bloggers on the hard right would be with them every step of the way, and would stop printing ‘I Love Gitmo’ stickers long enough to print some ‘Shoot Leakers On Sight’ paraphernalia. If anything, they would be demanding that the above actions are not enough, and this would be used as definitive proof that the Democratic party is at its roots evil and should be made outlawed, just like Nazis are in Germany.
And you know I am right. So while I think some (many) on the left are going off the rails, I understand it. And I don’t think our side would be any better.
Just saying. Flame away.