Bachmann: I Like Rove!
On July 14, 2003, conservative columnist and longtime Bush administration supporter Robert Novak wrote a column that publicly identified Valerie Plame as a covert CIA operative. The column set off a criminal investigation that resulted in the indictment of Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff, Lewis Libby. Libby faces trial next year on charges of perjury, obstruction and lying to the FBI.
Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald has been conducting an investigation into who leaked Plame's identity to the news media. Plame says her covert status was leaked by the White House to destroy her career, because her husband wrote an article in the New York Times claiming that the Bush administration distorted intelligence to persuade Americans that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction.
Top Bush administration officials have been implicated in Fitzgerald’s investigation, including Vice President Cheney and Bush political adviser Karl Rove.
The message the Plame affair communicated to the American intelligence community was clear: if you expose a deliberate lie by the Bush administration publicly, the President’s men will do their best to destroy your career or even that of your spouse—even if it means breaking the law, breaching national security, and betrayal of our own agents to do so.
A month ago, prosecutor Fitzgerald announced that he didn’t anticipate seeking criminal charges against Rove. But this Wednesday conservative columnist Novak confirmed that conservative hero Karl Rove was indeed one of the secret Bush administration sources who blew Plame’s cover as a CIA operative.
If you'd get your picture taken with Karl Rove, come to the Michele Bachmann for Congress fundraiser at the Water Street Inn on July 21 in Stillwater, Minnesota with a check or money order for $1000. For only one thousand dollars, Rove will pose for a photo with you. (Rove may want more than that if you don’t want him to tell the press who you are.)
This will be a tasteful fundraising event that will underscore the sincerity of Michele Bachmann’s commitment to America, national security and conservative “moral values” as understood by Rove and Bachmann. (Please do not come to this photo op in costume. For example, Mr. Rove will not pose for gag photos shaking hands with donors dressed as Osama bin Laden; not for $1000, anyway.)
Don’t miss this chance to pay to have your picture taken with another top White House official who may be indicted for blowing the cover of one of our own intelligence agents! Become a part of the Bachmann Campaign tradition of paying exorbitant prices to get a snapshot of yourself posing with Bush administration officials accused of illegally punishing those who questioned the administration’s lies about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
You will also get to meet Republican candidate Michele Bachmann and find out her secret: how she makes “the big money” for her campaign by staging photos of donors who enjoy posing with high White House officials accused of disclosing national secrets for short term political gain.
Come to this event and see how Bachmann and conservative Bush administration suspects are redefining the traditional concept of “patriotism!” You have already missed your chance to get your picture taken with indicted White House official Scooter Libby’s boss, Dick Cheney, for $1000. (That “Bachmann For Congress” fundraiser took place back in June.)
This may be your final chance to pay $1000 to get your photo taken with a man accused of leaking secret US intelligence! You may not have an historic opportunity like this again, unless Bachmann arranges to let you get your picture taken with the bones of Benedict Arnold for $1000 at the next “Bachmann For Congress” fundraiser.