The White House is trying its best to appear positive today. President Bush appeared smiling and laughing before reporters this morning, while Karl Rove said he was in a “very good mood today. I’m going to have a very good day.”
The truth is that special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald’s expected announcement — that at least one White House official will be indicted, while Rove remains under investigation — is extremely bad news. This morning, even Bush loyalist Ann Coulter admitted that this is the “worst possible scenario” for the administration:
O’BRIEN: So there you have it, Karl Rove apparently escaping indictment, but that’s the good news. The bad news is, on goes the investigation. What are your thoughts on that one?
COULTER: That is like the worse possible outcome.
O’BRIEN: Oh, an indictment would be better?
COULTER: I think so. I mean, I don’t think indictments are particularly big deal politically. They’re a big deal for whoever gets indicted, but I don’t think it really matters to the White House. I’ve just been thinking, this is going to be lancing the boil. Let’s just get it done one way or the other this Friday. Either they get indicted and they leave, or they’re not indicted and it’s over. To stay under investigation — that is not the best possible outcome.