2005/07/20

Ken Mehlman makes an amusing claim

The Republican National Committe Chairman (The Republican equivalent to Howard Dean.) made an amusing claim:

But if you think about it, what changed over the past week was that two pieces of information came out, they were both used as a way to smear Karl Rove. And, in fact if you look at that information, the information says that Bob Novak's source was somebody else, not Karl Rove, and it says in the case of Matt Cooper, that Karl Rove discouraged Matt Cooper from writing a story, which in fact turned out to be the right thing to do because a lot of what Joe Wilson said was wrong.

Okay, let's look at these claims. If Bob Novak's source was "not Karl Rove" and was instead Matt Cooper, who in turn got his information from Rove, then Rove is only one step away from having provided information directly to Novak. In certain circles, we call this a distinction without a difference.
The second point involves a claim (Not a fact, a claim. There's a difference.) that Rove was trying to set the record straight. First of all, Cooper disagrees. In Cooper's own words:

Was it through my conversation with Rove that I learned for the first time that Wilson's wife worked at the CIA and may have been responsible for sending him? Yes.
Second, absolutely no one except highly-placed Republicans are trying to claim that Rove was trying to discourage anything. In fact, Rove appears to have been encouragiing reporters to leak information that was classified. In Congressman Waxman's account of the SF 312, Rove had an affirmative duty to see to it that the information he was passing on was unclassified before he passed it on to a reporter.

Sorry Ken, but you aimed for two home runs and got two strikes instead.

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