I'm not very good at detail politics. I am more interested in social politics, what makes people tick on certain issues, the big picture stuff. Which is why, I guess, I haven't really discussed the simmering pot of corruption, greed and secrecy that is the Plame case.
I hesitate to take part in the "Worse than Watergate" assessment of this case, mostly because the scale of the actual crime, at least to my mind, is not as egregious as what was going on with Nixon. There is no doubt in my mind that Rove ratted Valerie out to settle a petty political vendetta (in true Greek style, this might be the overreaching arrogant move that destroys him. I hope). But I'm not yet convinced that the leak is as bad as what Nixon did. Looking at it through social politics glasses, Watergate pissed on the American Dream at a time when most Americans thought they could trust the government, at least to a certain degree. By the time the Plame case became more or less public, I think most Americans had come to terms with the fact that the American government is not worthy of the kind of Eisenhower-era trust they once placed in it.
There is the angle that the Plame leak compromised national security, which might be true on some levels. But I think that if you want to talk about ways in which the neocon cabal has compromised our national security, we need to start the conversation well before this scandal, and look at how, you know, they sold all those WMDs to Saddam Hussein. That's a good place to start.
In truth, I think the Plame case is probably small beer compared to the real scandals of the too-cozy relationship between the Bush family and the House of Saud, of the tragedy of 2,000 soldiers dead, of the Diebold voting machines, of the pathetic and incompetent reaction to Katrina, of the Bush administration's outright hostility toward the environment, of the pathetic state of "No Child Left Behind" and of the millions of Americans who will have to figure out how to budget this year just to heat their homes while Shell, Exxon and BP make billions off of oil markups.
But that's not to say that I can't wait for the indictments to start coming in. I'm certainly for any kind of legal action that will take these bastards down. If Plame is going to be for the Bush Administration what "tax evasion" was for Al Capone, I'm all for it.
And Patrick Fitzgerald is hot: