Reid calls for Rove to resign:
The leader of the Senate Democrats today called for White House chief political strategist Karl Rove to resign, saying it’s time for President Bush to “come clean” with the American people about the administration’s role in the disclosure of a CIA operative’s name.
Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.), speaking on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” said both Bush and Vice President Cheney owe an apology to the American public.
Reid said Bush should pledge not to pardon I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, Cheney’s chief of staff who was indicted Friday on five charges relating to statements he made to the FBI and a grand jury investigating the leak of the identity of CIA operative Valerie Plame.
Couple of quick things. First, I agree completely that Bush should apologize. At the very least, WH staffers were ‘involved’ in something Bush claimed they were not, whether that be because Bush himself thought it would blow over, or Rove and Libby lied to Bush. Either way, an apology is necessary, if for no other reason than the hundreds of hours of McClellan press conferences in which denials were issued repeatedly.
Two, I am of mixed minds on a Rove resignation. I don’t necessarily agree with the opposition party getting to decide who works for the President. I also don’t believe Rove in the White House is a good thing, and I don’t know if I want him there anymore. From what I can tell, the WH has been rudderless for a while now, so a shake-up might get rid of some of the rot and provide some new blood and focus. Don’t count on it though, as Bush sees no need for changes.
Third, Sen. Reid is out of line with the bit about pledging not to pardon. The pardon is an executive privilege, and it is really none of Reid’s business whether or not Bush exercises that privilege. If Reid wants to make sure that Presidents do not have the right to pardon their staffers, he knows what he can do- write an Amendment to the constitution forbidding it. I don’t think he really cares whether Libby is pardoned or not (should Libby be convicted), and he is just making political hay, but he shouldn’t really try to decide how the President uses his power.
At any rate, I really do feel an apology is necessary, if for no other reasons than purely political.