against Karl Rove as part of the investigation into the outing of Valerie Plame as a covert CIA agent. As shown above, Rove was
positively giddy about the decision. It’s unclear at this point whether Fitzgerald plans to pursue the Plame investigation any further, but this is a pretty good sign that Scooter Libby is likely to be the last administration official to face prosecution in this matter.
It’s unkind to judge people based on the face their genetic heritage has given them, but Rove has rarely looked more piglike than he did this morning. Maybe that’s because he knows that the folks at TruthOut are going to have some explaining to do over their allegations that Rove had actually been secretly indicted last month. They claim to have gotten the story from someone with inside knowledge about the case, which probably means someone from the White House. At this point it seems likely that this was a ruse on the part of someone in the administration designed to discredit a group of vocal critics. This may seem like conspiracy theory, but petty vindictiveness is not something that this White House avoids. Rove in particular has been known to take revenge for even the most minor slights.
Whatever the truth of the matter, this certainly frees Rove up to take a more hands-on approach to the management of Republican strategy in the upcoming elections. Many Republican legislators are going to fight hard to retain their seats this time around, and with Rove back in play, you can look for them to fight dirty as well.