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Roberts and Rove – political hacks

If it’s one thing that Bush has taught us, it’s to surround yourself with yes men and party hacks. The Supreme Court nomination of John G. Roberts is no exception. The man worked for Ken Starr, for crying out loud, and participated in the Bush vs. Gore case that ended the recount of the 2000 election – handing the presidency to Bush. Take a look at this and connect the dots — Roberts career has been full of political hackery and associations — he’s an inside-the-Beltway guy (NYT graphic):

Does this mean he’s the worst nominee that Chimpy could have put forward. No. There’s not enough of a paper trail to know, and that’s probably why Bush picked him. I’m sure more will will come to light about his positions over the coming weeks, but look for those hearings to be awash in non-committal statements that will tell us nothing.

Surf over to Shakespeare’s Sister, who also notes that John G. Roberts and Karl Rove are “Two Peas in the Same Political Pod.”

It might not seem on its face like Karl Rove and SCOTUS nominee John Roberts have much in common, but there’s one very important attribute they both share—they’re both political hacks. They’ve served their GOP master in different ways, but in the end, neither of them is any more than a political operative who fulfills a certain ideological role within the party. I could tell you all about Roberts’ history with the Republicans, but what difference do specifics make? He’s been a judge for two years, and the rest of his career has been spent in the pockets of GOP power players. This is, in the end, just more of the same from Bush & Co.

And could we really have expected any different? Of course not.

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Karl’s a lying SOB

While I’m at it, last night I read up on this gem by investigative journalist at The American Prospect:

White House deputy chief of staff Karl Rove did not disclose that he had ever discussed CIA officer Valerie Plame with Time magazine reporter Matthew Cooper during Rove’s first interview with the FBI, according to legal sources with firsthand knowledge of the matter.

The omission by Rove created doubt for federal investigators, almost from the inception of their criminal probe into who leaked Plame’s name to columnist Robert Novak, as to whether Rove was withholding crucial information from them, and perhaps even misleading or lying to them, the sources said.

Also leading to the early skepticism of Rove’s accounts was the claim that although he first heard that Plame worked for the CIA from a journalist, he said could not recall the name of the journalist. Later, the sources said, Rove wavered even further, saying he was not sure at all where he first heard the information.

Are they going to get a cell ready for the bastard?

Rove is the story that the admin doesn’t want anyone thinking, writing or talking about. Unless Turd Blossom is destroyed, even after the Chimperor leaves office, Rove will still be a player for the GOP. He’s too good an operator.

I’m just waiting for Bush to pull Osama out of a hat if this SCOTUS pick diversion doesn’t do the trick for him.

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