"Turd Blossom" Gets a Break

It is the first day of the rest of his life for Karl Rove, the venerable Republican operative who learned just a few hours ago that he won't be charged as a result of his role in the public disclosure of the identity of a CIA agent. The man the President has called "Turd Blossom" and "Boy Genius" and "the Architect" now presumably is free to spend his waking hours plotting the continued demise of the Democrats and a miraculous recovery for his GOP clients.

Already conspiracy theorists are claiming that Rove avoided indictment by Patrick Fitzgerald as part of a cover up or a push for leniency or special treatment by the prosecutor. Even though Fitzgerald is a Republican appointee I don't buy this at all. I think the real answer here is the simplest answer here: Fitzgerald didn't indict Rove because he didn't think he could convict Rove beyond a reasonable doubt at trial. No more. No less. More later.

By Andrew Cohen |  June 13, 2006; 8:01 AM ET
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