Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Whither the puppet master?

Over at TPM Cafe, Marshal Whitman suggests that Democrats probably shouldn't get too worked up about Karl Rove's involvement in the Valerie Plame affair. He predicts that barring a criminal dindictment, it will be business as usual at the "accountability-oriented" White House. In the midst of a very incisive analysis of Rove's role in the Republican Party, Whitman gives us this fantastic quote:

"[F]or Bush to get rid of Rove, would be like Charlie McCarthy firing Edgar Bergen."

HA! We liberals have a tendency to assume Dick Cheney is the brains in the White House. I think Whitman is right to suggest that that just ain't so. Cheney's more like the one-eyed, snarling pitbull tied up outside the front door. Rove is the man inside the double-wide, directing bidness from the naugahyde La-Z-Boy.