Dispatches From the Moderate Left

Sunday, July 17, 2005

Quote of the Week

The noise in the activist left corner is getting to an absolute fever pitch over the Plame story, but I have to agree with these sentiments (via Sullivan):
For now, though, it looks as if this scandal is about a spy who was not endangered, a whistle-blower who did not blow the whistle and was not smeared, and a White House official who has not been fired for a felony that he did not commit. And so far the only victim is a reporter who did not write a story about it.

I'm also with Sullivan in emphasising the "for now" there. Even the most elementary facts about this story are still to murky to justify the heat out there. Was Plame actually undercover? Was an actual or future operation jeapordised by the leak? Was Rove the primary leaker or passing on other reporter's gossip? Was a law broken? What is Fitzgerald actually investigating? There is no clear answer on any of these things and until there is, Democrats and activist run a severe risk of ending up with a bad case of egg-on-face syndrome - especially if the latter group keeps bandying around words like "traitor" and "jeapordised national security".

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