Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Karl Rove Knee Deep In Scandals?

  While browsing through my broad database of information ( Internet ) I ran into the MSNBC website. This is nothing new as I visit there quite a bit to look at what Keith Olbermann has to say.

   Last Friday, on his Countdown show, Olbermann had a chat with Jonathan Alter ( Newsweek ) on the prosecutor scandal which is quite revealing. This also shows how involved Karl Rove is when it comes to keeping the GOP in power.

Olbermann: Does it seem as if most of these scandals surrounding this administration right now---one might say engulfing it---have this underlying theme of Karl Rove attempting to use the resources of the federal government to ensure his dream of a permanent Republican majority?

Alter: Well, there‘s no question that‘s what he was planning to do, and had at least one meeting a week for the last seven years to do that. And that‘s the thread that ties this Justice Department scandal together.

It was a concerted effort to put their people in and screw the Democrats. And so what they did is they broke all precedent, for instance, and started bringing voter fraud indictments just before an election, to make it seem like the Democrats were the corrupt party, almost always in swing states. The prosecutors who were fired, with only one exception, all came from swing states.

So they were trying to poison the well there before the election, in violation of tradition. And you see a lot of professional prosecutors who are just outraged about this, Keith, whether they‘re Democrats or Republicans. [...]

[Y]ou‘re going to see a lot more testimony in the weeks to come. And I think Rove, over the course of this year, is going to be in deep doo-doo on a variety of issues. We don‘t know which one will do him in, but I wouldn‘t be surprised if he‘s not working in the White House by the end of the year. [...]

Just to give you one quick example with probably the most famous prosecutor, Patrick Fitzgerald: when it came time to appoint him, Karl Rove told the Republican senator from Illinois, No, don‘t put him in, he might be too independent and go after the governor of Illinois---the Republican governor at the time, who was a crook, later convicted. So clearly, what Rove was trying to do is in jurisdiction by jurisdiction, protect Republicans, go after Democrats, and essentially turn our criminal justice system into what they have in a banana republic.

That is COUNTDOWN for this, the1,447th day since the declaration of mission accomplished in Iraq.  I‘m Keith Olbermann, good night and good luck.