It's official, yesterday's announcement of the Supreme Court nominee was all a ploy to take the heat off Karl Rove
Bush accelerated his search for a Supreme Court nominee in part because of special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald's investigation into the leak of a CIA agent's name, according to Republicans familiar with administration strategy.
Bush originally had planned to announce a replacement for retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor on July 26 or 27, just before his planned July 28 departure for a month-long vacation at his Crawford, Texas, ranch, said two administration officials, who spoke on the condition they not be named.
The officials said those plans changed because Rove has become a focus of Fitzgerald's interest and of news accounts about the matter.
Following Rove's own playbook, shouldn't this be the story of the day: Playing politics, President Bush flippantly selects a lifetime Supreme Court appointee, just to divert the attention from a key member of his administration, who is being investigated for possible treason. If this was Bill Clinton, wouldn't that be the story of the day?