So now the left is reduced to this:
There’s a point that’s probably worth raising with our scofflaw Republican friends. All of their arguments now amount to excuses, like those of a small child caught stealing cookies: Joe Wilson’s a liar. Plame’s covert status wasn’t protected well by the CIA. It was just a short phone call. Rove really wanted to speak about welfare reform. Wilson said Cheney sent him to Africa. Plame sent Wilson to Africa. Rove leaked Plame’s identity in the interests of good journalism. Wilson went on too many TV shows. On and on and on.
The salient point is not that each of these claims is false. [That’s because they’re not Josh -ed] The point is that they’re irrelevant. It’s the mid-life version of ‘He hit me first!’ or ‘He called me a name!’ or other such foolery.
Did you get that boys and girls?
The facts don’t matter to Josh. They’re “irrelevant.” We’re talking about Karl Rove here so none of that matters, the bastard is guilty… of something we just don’t know what.
Josh is a smart guy. He knows (in his brain) this is is a manufactured story from the get go. He also knows that whatever legs it had got chopped out from under it when the truth came out. So now -much the Wizard of Oz behind the curtain- he asks his followers to not look at the facts of the case but instead look at the fact that we’re talking Karl Rove.
He then goes on with the “But Rove must have broken the law, they had an investigation” drivel. Josh Marshall might have thought he was making a point… All he did was surrender.