The news came swiftly Thursday afternoon. Now that Robert Novak had finally revealed one last secret in the ever-fraudulent story about Valerie Plame's identity being leaked - we could put it all behind us and promise never to mention it again right?
No. For some strange reason, specifically sycophantic vanity, Valerie Plame and Joe Wilson have filed a lawsuit against Karl Rove, Dick Cheney, and Scooter Libby.
Their stated reason?
Specifically to accuse, "Cheney, Rove and I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby of participating in a 'whispering campaign' to reveal Plame's CIA identity and punish Wilson for criticizing the Bush administration's motives in Iraq."
Never mind the fact that like an annoying little gnat at the family picnic Wilson's criticisms were swept away with complete mockery because he knew not what he was talking about. You do remember don't you? President Bush goes on national television for his state of the union and refers to uranium that Saddam was seeking in "Africa"?
Wilson had visited Niger and assumed that the President must have been referring only to him and he lines up with Andrea Mitchell the following Sunday on Meet the Press to talk about how many mint juleps he had consumed instead of looking for the uranium. Of course this translates into Wilson's mind as absolute proof that there is no uranium and he returns home to say so.
By the way - the British Intelligence stands by their information - to this day - that demonstrates that Iraq was actively seeking uranium.
See the whole idea of the administration getting "even" with Wilson means that Wilson had to have actually been in some way a threat to the administration. And as much as he'd like to believe so - he never was.
So then comes the preposterous account of Plame - Wilson's wife who respected him so much she wouldn't take his name - and her being "outed" as a CIA spy - some six years after she was in such a position. No law was broken, and the independent council has agreed.
But even that was a joke because here this vanity couple was out posing for magazine shots, and getting their names everywhere on the Democratic radar screen.
Look the facts are simple.
Wilson was an ideologue who wanted the assignment to go drink mint juleps in Niger so that he could purposefully stab the administration through the heart.
Plame-Wilson get angry that they get no traction on the issue and decide to become a royal circus around the beltway and across the media of America. But whose fault is that? They weren't asking Karl Rove who should have played Valerie Plame in the made for T.V. movie.
If any criminal conviction comes out of the matter, and it is looking less likely that there will be, it will be because Scooter Libby might not have said the right thing at the right time. But there was no evidence, not one scintilla, that Rove or Cheney did anything other than to casually acknowledge what Robert Novak had already revealed to them.
But typical to form, the single most attention hungry couple in America - and trust me to beat Bill and Hillary in that department is saying something - the Wilson-Plames are now off to civil court to get cold hard cash for the possible "destruction of her career."
Did I miss something? Did Valerie get fired at the CIA? And since she wasn't active or covert - how exactly did any in justice take place?
Joe Wilson and Valerie Plame need to be flicked off the shoulder of America like the little gnats that they are. They need to regain a certain amount of personal dignity before speaking ever again. But what is completely sad is that they are so unaware of how silly and foolish they look that they just keep on going.
With the middle east exploding into war, with the U.S. engaged in its most serious fight against tyranny since the great war, wouldn't it be very patriotic of the judge in the civil matter to not just throw the Wilson-Plame suit out - but exile them to Lebanon? At least from that vantage point they could finally see what honorable resolve looks like as Israel does what is necessary to take care of business.
But I doubt we will be so fortunate...