Bush promised to fire anyone involved in the leak of Valerie Plame’s identity. After we learned Karl Rove leaker Plame’s identity to Matt Cooper and was one of Robert Novak’s two sources, Bush said “Karl has got my complete confidence.”
The lesson: if you are a friend of George W. Bush you can do no wrong.
Case in point. Rafael Palmeiro tested positive for steroids and was suspended by Major League Baseball. Here is what the President had to say:
Well, Rafael Palmeiro is a friend…He’s the kind of person that’s going to stand up in front of the klieg lights and say he didn’t use steroids, and I believe him. Still do.
At this point, even if Karl Rove is indicted, I wouldn’t count on Bush firing him.