I like the way John Tierney’s recent OP-ED summarizes the current state of the Rove/Plame “scandal”:
For now, though, it looks as if this scandal is about a spy who was not endangered, a whistle-blower who did not blow the whistle and was not smeared, and a White House official who has not been fired for a felony that he did not commit. And so far the only victim is a reporter who did not write a story about it.
And you have to respect any column that references the “She’s a witch!” Monty Python and the Holy Grail scene.
I haven’t been following this as closely as some have, but it does seem to me to be a case of many people grasping for an excuse to punish the Bush administration in general, and Karl Rove in particular, for something-or-other.
UPDATE: I like Mark Steyn’s take on it too:
The Valerie Plame game is a pseudo-crisis. If you want to talk about Niger or CIA reform, fine. But if you seriously think the only important aspect of a politically motivated narcissist kook’s drive-thru intelligence mission to a critical part of the world is the precise sequence of events by which some White House guy came to mention the kook’s wife to some reporter, then you’ve departed the real world and you’re frolicking on the wilder shores of Planet Zongo.