The Republican strategy now is to attack, to smear Wilson and call Rove a hero. The purpose is solely to distract, mislead and divert.
“Republicans should stop holding back and go on the offense: fire enough bullets the other way until the Supreme Court overtakes” events, said Rep. Peter T. King (R-N.Y.).
Which has resulted in:
“It’s disappointing that once again, so many Democrat leaders are taking their political cues from the far-left, Moveon wing of the party. The bottom line is Karl Rove was discouraging a reporter from writing a false story based on a false premise and the Democrats are engaging in blatant partisan political attacks.” –RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman
This was followed by a page of smears on Joe Wilson, already endlessly repeated throughout the Right’s Noise Machine. (See the actual talking points here.)
Was there ever a more obvious time for learning to see the forest? Don’t react to this. Don’t get distracted. Don’t go on the defense. Don’t spend hours explaining how Wilson was the hero, not Rove. Use this as a lab experiment in watching the Right’s Noise Machine at work. Use this as a window into their tactics and strategies!
Just keep pounding on Rove, what he did, and why this is important. Rove outed a covert CIA agent working on keeping WMD out of the hands of terrorists. This “rolled up” her network of contacts, possibly getting some killed. And by exposing her he exposed her cover company, possibly causing damage to other agents and networks as well.
Rove did this at a time of war against terrorists. His act exposed all of us to increased danger of attack by those WMDs she was trying to keep away from terrorists.