I know I shouldn't get so excited about more democratic tough talk but it is a dream of mine to see Rove frog marched from his house or his new job as Faux News propagandist or from a strategy session with Hillary Clinton (couldn't resist), but she is the candidate that has been using "Rovian" tactics. My favorite (snark) Rovian tactic is to try and find a weakness and try to highlight it endlessly and if that doesn't work make shit up and lie and cast dispersions whenever possible with the help of the corporate media.
About a week ago Rep. John Conyer's was overheard saying, "Were closing in on Rove. Someone's got to kick his ass". Conyer's went on to say that Rove has a week to appear before his committee. If he doesn’t, said Conyers, “We’ll do what any self-respecting committee would do. We’d hold him in contempt. Either that or go and have him arrested.” So the whole frog marching thing is definitely in play. The day before Conyer's turned down a request from Rove to testify in writing. They are really going after Rovey for the Siegelman case, especially Robert Wexler. From Crooks & Liars:
By: Nicole Belle on Thursday, May 15th, 2008 at 6:31 AM - PDT
The problem with pursuing justice with the Bush administration is the utter lack of respect for the rule of law that they exhibit regularly. In the case of the prosecution and incarceration of former Alabama governor Don Siegelman, Karl Rove initially told the House Judiciary Committee that he would only speak to them in private, not under oath and with no transcript. Then he changed his mind and said he’d only respond to their questions in writing. MORE!
So that was last week. Fast forwarding to today and I saw this, from Crooks:
By: Nicole Belle @ 11:54 AM - PDTThe Gavel:
From the Judiciary Committee:
Conyers Subpoenas Karl Rove
(Washington, DC)- Today, House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI) issued a subpoena to former White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove for testimony about the politicization of the Department of Justice (DOJ), including former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman’s case. Yesterday, Rove’s attorney, Robert Luskin, sent a letter to the Committee expressing that Rove would not agree to testify voluntarily, per the Committee’s previous requests.
“It is unfortunate that Mr. Rove has failed to cooperate with our requests,” Conyers said. “Although he does not seem the least bit hesitant to discuss these very issues weekly on cable television and in the print news media, Mr. Rove and his attorney have apparently concluded that a public hearing room would not be appropriate. Unfortunately, I have no choice today but to compel his testimony on these very important matters.”
Separately, Chairman Conyers recently received a letter from DOJ’s Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) indicating that the office has opened an investigation into allegations of selective prosecution of Siegelman and others.
With the pressure coming from both Wexler and Conyer's we could get to see the Frog marching of Rove real soon. I'm sure the BCS will chime in shortly and claim some kind of executive privilege like they did earlier this year. Maybe, we will get another "Gonzo" if he finally does testify. That should be interesting to say the least. bet you won't hear MC Rove talking shit on the airwaves again, like he got away with something. The technique being utilized in this particular instance is that Rove is being"slow walked" into a corner. The only way out of that corner is to testify!
Doing The Perp Walk!
The New Defenders of The Frog March!