Finally! The White House press corps at long last woke up today and started asking questions about Karl Rove. They wanted to know if White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan stood by his previous statement that anyone involved in leaking undercover CIA agent Valerie Plame’s identity to the media should be fired. But when the going tough, McClellan fell back on his handy list of Phrases To Use To Dodge Questions. Here’s Scott McClellan, by the numbers:
23: Number of times McClellan could’t answer a question because the Rove investigation is “ongoing.”
10: Number of times McClellan couldn’t answer a question because it was “related” to the investigation or in the “context” of the investigation.
16: Number of times McClellan said he just wouldn’t “comment” on a question.
5: Number of times McClellan assured reporters he “appreciates the questions” about Rove’s involvement in the Plame case.
8: Number of times McClellan told reporters he and the president were “helping” the investigation with their silence.
8: Number of times McClellan said he and President Bush want to “get to the bottom of this.”
3: Number of times McClellan said he and the president planned to “cooperate fully” with the investigation by not answering questions.
10: Number of times McClellan claimed he’d already “responded” to a reporter’s question.